In rush to exploit fatal Pride Parade crash in FL, left calls it ‘act of terror,’ attack Gov. DeSantis

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Some left-wing activists and politicians rushed Saturday to try and exploit what appears to be an accidental crash to score political points.

A driver in a pickup truck reportedly crashed into the participants of a gay pride parade in Ford Lauderdale on Saturday, killing one victim, critically injuring another and reportedly almost hitting Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat.

Following the crash, prominent far-left activists like Amy Spitalnick prematurely described the suspect as a “domestic extremist” and blamed his alleged actions on Florida’s “anti-riot” bill that protects police and citizens from actual extremists.

Signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in April, the bill grants immunity to drivers who are forced to drive through a mob of violent road-blocking extremists to prevent themselves and their families from being attacked and potentially killed.

Spitalnick wasn’t alone in attacking Florida and its governor.


Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis meanwhile issued a statement from the scene prematurely ruling that the crash was a “terrorist attack on the LGBT community.”

“What we saw was a terrorist attack on the LGBT community. This is disgusting. We will not stand for this. This is not going to happen in my city or any city,” he said.


Asked by a reporter if it was an accident, Trantalis replied, “Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person.”

The actual evidence, which appears to have been ignored by Spitalnick and Trantalis, strongly points to the crash having been a tragic accident.

Video footage of the suspect being arrested showed that he was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus t-shirt.


In addition, the chorus’s president, Justin Knight, issued a statement Saturday afternoon confirming that the driver was indeed “part of the chorus family,” according to Miami station WPLG.

“Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver was also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support,” he reportedly said.

Witnesses likewise reportedly overheard the suspect telling the police that it was an accident.

To her credit, Schultz, who was in attendance at the parade and who appears to be a close ally of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (she can be seen on their website), made no attempts to exploit the crash for political gain.

Instead the congresswoman posted sincere tweets expressing how “shaken and devastated” she felt over someone losing their life and others being injured.


Local authorities have for their part not reached any definitive conclusion and are still investigating the crash.

“This investigation is active, and we are considering and evaluation all possibilities,” a Fort Lauderdale Police spokesperson said to Miami station WSVN.

The department also released a Twitter statement early Sunday morning asking that the public have “patience as we work to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.”


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