White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre perpetuated disinformation being spread by the NAACP, which issued a travel advisory for the state of Florida — never mind that the president of the civil rights organization lives in the Sunshine State and other executives vacation there.
“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon,” NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson claimed.
When asked to comment on this on Tuesday by a reporter who called the advisory a “bold statement” against “hate” that is “dangerous,” Jean-Pierre seized on the opportunity to attack Gov. DeSantis, who is expected to formally announce his White House bid on Wednesday, while furthering the NAACP’s dishonest political attack.
“So, I’m not going to comment on travel advisories specifically, but I’ll say this more broadly — and where we have been, as an administration, as a White House, we’ve been outspoken about the impact of misguided policies advanced by Florida lawmakers,” the diversity hire said.
“Republicans in Florida have attacked diversity. They’ve attacked inclusion efforts. They’ve limited the teaching of black history. And they’ve launched attacks on the LGBT youth, immigrants, educators, and women’s reproductive freedom. That’s what you have seen from lawmakers in Florida,” KJP continued. “So I will let NAACP, I’ll let LULAC speak to specifics of their travel advisories.
“But this administration is going to, as we have for the past two years, continue to speak out against discriminatory policies pushed by state leaders across the country. And we’ve seen them across the country, by Republicans — extreme Republicans putting forth these policies, these legislations that hurt Americans, that take away their freedom.”
The distorted take offered by President Biden’s spokesperson is a hard-left take on efforts to push public schools in the state back toward education and put an end to the indoctrination of young children, be it critical race theory or queer theory. Democrats also take issue with Florida’s more restrictive policy on abortion and efforts to make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to flourish in the state — competing with Americans for jobs and housing results in lower wages and higher rent.
Under DeSantis, Florida has also removed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs from public universities — these programs amount to institutional racism.
As for the travel advisory, DeSantis called it a “joke.”
BREAKING: DeSantis reacts to @NAACP urging a “travel advisory” for Fla.
“What a joke! […] These people would be on CNN [and] then they would end up being [spotted] vacationing in Florida! […] This is a stunt, to try to do that [….] I’m not wasting my time on your stunts.” pic.twitter.com/XfETFqWybE
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) March 23, 2023
“This is so ridiculous,” he said. “We’re proud to be leading the nation in tourism.”
“This is a stunt to try to do that,” DeSantis added. “It’s a pure stunt, and fine, if you want to waste your time on a stunt, that’s fine. But I’m not wasting my time on your stunts. Ok? I’m going to make sure that we’re getting things done here, and we’re going to continue to make this state a great state.”
One of a number of inconvenient facts for the left and their attacks on the popular governor is that Florida leads the nation in black-owned businesses:
Pew Research has Florida ranked #1 for Black owned businesses.
Florida Chamber of Commerce has us 2nd. Either way.. you get the point. pic.twitter.com/04UXttKMhk
— Frog Capital (@FrogNews) May 22, 2023
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