DeSantis Booed at FL Vigil; Democrat Tells Crowd to Put Parties Aside
Summary from AllSides News Team
A vigil for victims of Saturday's shooting in Florida played host to both partisan tensions and cross-party agreement.
The Details: Video shows onlookers at the vigil booing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as he spoke about providing aid and added security to the historically-black Edward Waters University in Jacksonville. Police say a racially-motivated shooter targeted black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville on Sunday, and killed three before killing himself.
Key Quotes: What the shooter did "is totally unacceptable in the state of Florida," DeSantis said. "We are not going to let people be targeted based on their race." As DeSantis was being booed, Democrat Councilmember Ju'Coby Pittman took the microphone from him and said, "Let me tell, we putting parties aside, because it ain’t about parties today. A bullet don’t know a party. So, don’t get me started."
How the Media Covered It: Headlines from sources across the spectrum highlighted how DeSantis was booed. Some right-rated outlets focused more on Pittman's comments; many left- and center-rated sources focused more on the negative response to DeSantis. The Daily Wire (Right bias) said "A lot of people clapped for DeSantis while a small number in the audience booed and protested the governor as he spoke." The Associated Press (Lean Left bias) said DeSantis "was loudly booed as he addressed the vigil." Some left-rated sources highlighted a Democratic Florida state representative who said DeSantis has "blood on his hands."
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From the LeftRon DeSantis Booed At Vigil For Victims Of Jacksonville Shooting
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was booed on Sunday at a vigil for the victims of Saturday’s racist attack at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville.
Three people were killed in the shooting.
Footage from several angles shows the governor ― who is also running for president ― getting jeered by the crowd:
Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman asked the crowd to settle down and put political parties aside.
“It ain’t about parties today,” she said. “A bullet don’t know a party.”
Critics called out DeSantis for making it easier to carry firearms in the state...
From the RightLeftists Protest DeSantis At Jacksonville Prayer Vigil, Black Democrat Councilmember Slaps Back: ‘A Bullet Don’t Know A Party’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attended a prayer vigil in Jacksonville on Sunday after an assailant murdered three black people at a Dollar General store in what authorities have said was an act that was racially motivated.
“Councilwoman, I gotcha, don’t worry about it,” DeSantis said to Democrat Councilmember Ju’Coby Pittman. “We’ve already been looking to identify funds to be able to help one, make sure there’s adequate security for Edward Waters College. We are not going to allow these institutions to be targeted by people.”
A lot of people clapped...
From the CenterDeSantis booed at vigil for victims of racist shooting in Florida
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a GOP presidential candidate, was met with boos while speaking late Sunday at a vigil held for the three victims of a racially motivated shooting in Jacksonville.
Democratic City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman, who represents the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, addressed the governor in her remarks to a crowd of about 200 people who had gathered a block from the Dollar General store where the gunman opened fire.
“Governor, I know you’re here,” Pittman said. “And you know what? I’m glad you’re here, because you can see the...