Rick Scott mocks NAACP with travel advisory for socialists heading to Florida
by Ryan King, Breaking Politics Reporter
“Florida is openly hostile toward Socialists, Communists, and those that enable them. Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by Socialists and others who work in the Biden Administration,” Scott’s advisory warned.
On Saturday, the NAACP advised “African Americans and others that if you travel to Florida” to “beware that your life is not valued, that we have a political landscape that could cause harm as we prepare for the 2024 elections to right-size the political landscape in the state of Florida.”
NAACP President Derrick Johnson defended the warning by highlighting Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R-FL) policies regarding the LGBT community, education, and immigration.
DeSantis’s team shrugged off the move as “nothing more than a stunt.”
“Let me be clear — any attempts to spread the oppression and poverty that Socialism always brings will be rebuffed by the people of Florida. Travelers should be aware that attempts to spread Socialism in north Florida will fail and be met with laughter and mockery,” Scott said in a statement.
“However, in much of Central and South Florida, the situation is far more dangerous for Socialists, as they may encounter people from Cuba, Venezuela, and other parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean who have direct knowledge of, and experience with, the horrors of Socialism,” he added.
Scott served as governor from 2011 until 2019 and is running for reelection in 2024.
Other groups, such as Equality Florida and the League of United Latin American Citizens, have also issued similar travel advisories for Florida in rebuke of the governor’s policies. The NAACP Florida State Conference recommended the advisory back in March after DeSantis dismissed an AP course on African American studies earlier this year. The College Board later brought forward changes to the curriculum.
DeSantis is widely expected to file paperwork for a 2024 run within the coming days, according to multiple reports.