In a pair of sneering, disgusting tweets, Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago wrote on Sunday that Floridians returning to pack the beaches “should work nicely to thin the ranks” of supporters of President Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Miami Mayor Carlos Giménez–all of whom are Republicans.
Following a firestorm of reactions blasting her “grotesque” sentiments, Santiago deleted the tweets, but not before they were captured by at least one prescient twitter user, @BZep …
The leftist writer claimed those who returned to Florida beaches were “The red-hatted listening to their masters.” On Friday, Gov. DeSantis gave his approval for local municipalities to reopen their beaches if done safely, under rigid social distancing guidelines.
“Packed beaches should work nicely to thin the ranks of Trump/DeSantis/Gimenez supporters in #Florida who value money over health,” she tweeted.
Donald Trump Jr. was among the conservatives to call out Santiago and her employer for their “flagrant” and “disgusting” political bias …
This tweet from a Miami Herald columnist tells you all you need to know about her, and based on their hiring choices, likely everything you need to know about the Miami Herald as well. Their flagrant bias continues to go on unchecked. Disgusting. https://t.co/FOmn5zxnaK
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 19, 2020
Conservative radio host Dan Bongino didn’t pull his punches when he tweeted to Santiago, “You’re grotesque. A genuine embarrassment.”
You’re grotesque. A genuine embarrassment.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 19, 2020
It really doesn’t matter what decisions are made by conservative leaders–whatever the position, the media aims to undermine and ridicule it. For instance, Saturday evening, the Washington Post promoted a Twitter hashtag, #FloridaMorons, connecting it to the DeSantis decision to give beach communities authority to appropriately manage their shores during the coronavirus crisis. The article picked up on CNN’s report indicating that Jacksonville’s new guidelines for beach goers were not being followed.
The Post reported …
The droves that showed up at Jacksonville’s beach largely ignored [Mayor] Curry’s restrictions. “People were seen swimming, biking, surfing, running and fishing,” CNN reported. Saturday evening, people were still flocking to multiple Florida beaches, but officials said it wasn’t a problem.
Yet the leftist media’s blinders have prevented similar attention being given to Saturday’s joint announcement by Democrat Governors Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Phil Murphy of New Jersey marinas, boatyards, and marine manufacturers in their region will be allowed to open for personal use.
Similarly, Dem Mayor Bill de Blasio has kept Manhattan’s Central Park open to the public, while many New Yorkers are clearly ignoring social distancing guidelines.
Central Park Still Crowded with People Despite Stay at Home and Social Distancing Orders in NYC https://t.co/dfJSAdmQsf
— People (@people) April 6, 2020
Late Sunday evening, Santiago succumbed to the heat and deleted her tweets, adding an apology. She wrote: “I deleted the tweet commenting on people at the beach because it didn’t accurately convey my sentiment and I want to apologize for the phrase I used that offended many people. Regardless of political differences, I would never wish any harm on anyone. In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion.”
In fact, my intent was to sound an alarm about prematurely opening up the country and the state. I was trying to open eyes, minds and save lives, not create a controversy about me instead of the issue, which merits discussion. #StayHome #BeSafe #practicesocialdistancing
— Fabiola Santiago (@fabiolasantiago) April 20, 2020
That retreat on the columnist’s part did little to quell the outrage.
You’re full of crap and completely transparent. We all know you wish death on those who don’t think like you and kowtow to democrat illogical fear. It’s clear you’re just worried about losing your job. Too bad. Miami Herald should fire you if they have any integrity as news
— Wonderstub (@wonderstub) April 20, 2020
But you did wish harm on others and put it in writing. You denial exposes your character. Or lack thereof…
— TK Rodriguez (@urbano411) April 20, 2020
The original tweet took a lot of balls. But using it now to virtue signal is pathological.
— Red Wigglers (@CadillacOfWorms) April 20, 2020
Journalists are responsible for how it reads and not how they claim it was intended to read. They have one job and that’s it.
— Hey There 321😎 (@321There) April 20, 2020
Heartwarming apology. pic.twitter.com/GpG2HQATUp
— Greg. American Revolutionary. (@Gregonimo) April 20, 2020
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