At a news appearance on Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly engaged in a heated confrontation with a bystander who tried to blame him for the most recent massacre in Jacksonville.
The alleged Jacksonville gunman was briefly detained in 2017 under a state legislation known as the Baker Act after killing three people last month in what is thought to have been a racially motivated attack against Black people.
“Excuse me. I’m not going to let you accuse me of committing criminal activity,”DeSantis said after an unhinged heckler attempted to tie him to the recent shooting in Jacksonville.
“I am not going to take that,” DeSantis repeated.
“You want to have a civil conversation, that’s one thing. To try to say that I’m letting … that guy was Baker Acted. He should have been ruled ineligible, but they didn’t involuntarily commit him.” DeSantis continued.
On camera, the heckler was heard shouting insults at DeSantis that could not be heard.
“No, no, there is the truth. There is something about the truth. Everyone doesn’t have their own truth. No. You don’t get to come here and blame me for some madman. That is not appropriate, and I’m not going to accept it.” DeSantis added.
“We’ve done more to support law enforcement in this state than anybody throughout the United States. Our crime rate in Florida is at a 50-year low. We have enacted policies that have allowed people to live in safety.” DeSantis concluded.
The Republican presidential contender from Florida then received standing ovations from the audience.