Headline RoundupAugust 28th, 2023

DeSantis Booed at FL Vigil; Democrat Tells Crowd to Put Parties Aside

Summary from the 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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