DeSantis Attacked For Condemning Mass Shooter

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( – On Tuesday, MSNBC correspondent Trymaine Lee criticized Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over his earlier statement that the Jacksonville shooter was a “scumbag,” arguing that this reference just helped avoid discussions about White supremacy and mental health issues.

During an appearance on “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Lee argued that he did not approve of the way DeSantis accused the White shooter who had killed three Black people. He argued that the problem with the reference DeSantis made is that it places the attention on a single individual and the action they took rather than examining how White Supremacy has overtaken the country. He added that as long as the discussions were about him being a “scumbag” or about mental health issues, they don’t need to engage with the possibility that there are co-conspirators who help promote this division among people.

Local officials confirmed that the “several manifestos” left behind by the shooter had clearly indicated that the attack was racially motivated. The manifestos included in detail the “disgusting ideology of hate” of the shooter. Lee added that these are all forces that are adding to these cases, and as long as this is addressed as a case about a single individual, the issue won’t be addressed head-on.

Jeffrey Rumlin, a Jacksonville pastor, had similar criticisms about DeSantis’ comments pointing out that the shooter was not a scumbag, but rather, he was a racist.

On Sunday, DeSantis condemned the shooting and even stated that the shooter had chosen the “coward’s way out” by shooting himself after he killed three others.

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