Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency several times for hurricanes and storms in the past. However, this time, it has nothing to do with the weather.
Governor Scott has declared the SOA ahead of a speech that is planned to be given on Thursday at the University of Florida, by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer.
Scott said, “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent.” According to Tampa Bay Times, this is because Spencer’s past speeches have “sparked protests and counter-protests resulting in episodes of violence, civil unrest and multiple arrests.”
So while Scott believes in the first amendment, and that everyone has the right to their own opinions, he also says, “[W]e have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority.”
Scott continued, “I have been in constant contact with Sheriff [Sadie] Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource.”
He added, “This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”
In August, the University of Florida rejected a request to rent space made by a group helmed by Spencer, citing safety concerns.
Earlier this month, Spencer led a group of about 30 white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va.
He announced the return — which came less than two months after violence erupted in the town between “Unite the Right” protesters and counterprotesters — on a live stream on Twitter.
“The left wing establishment is built around anti-white policies,” Spencer told the group.
In Charlottesville, the group also chanted “The South will rise again” and “Russia is our friend.”
While this type of thinking is disgusting and just as bad as liberalism, I must say that Scott and the University of Florida are handling it better than places like Berkley. If you want to speak at a school like that, you must be be part of the left, or you will likely never even make it onto the campus.