The state of Florida cannot catch a break in 2017. First, they were hammered by Irma, and now a state of emergency has been declared by Gov. Rick Scott because of… Hurricane Richard Spencer?
Richard Spencer, the alt-right iconoclast who became arguably the world’s most hated man after saying ‘Hail Trump!’ during a conference last year, is set to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Thurs. This has prompted Gov. Scott to sign an executive order declaring a state of emergency.
“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority,” Scott said in a statement. “This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”
University officials and other government bureaucrats are trying to downplay this news as a mere precaution that will not signal how the Oct. 19 event will turn out.
“We are hoping this is a nonevent,” Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell said. “We are hoping this will go very smoothly and peacefully. But in the reality of this world, we have to be well-prepared.”
However, the events in Florida mimic what happened in Charlottesville before the Unite the Right rally in August. After the governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency, law enforcement stood down, allowed ANTIFA terrorists to attack lawfully-permitted protesters, and three people died as a result. Spencer fears that this may happen once more in Gainesville.
“I am a little worried by it,” Spencer said, noting that a “State of Emergency order was used as pretext for cancelling [the Charlottesville] event, suppressing free speech” in a Tweet.
Additionally, there was a letter signed by over 500 faculty and students at the University of Florida demanding that Spencer be denied his Constitutional rights. The University initially denied Spencer a speaking spot on campus, but capitulated after a lawsuit was threatened.
“[World War Two veterans] would be shocked and appalled, they would say, ‘Do we have to fight the Nazis all over again?’” said Paul Ortiz, associate professor of history at UF-Gainesville, last Wednesday.
Leftists like Ortiz, if they are successful, will turn Spencer and his minions into modern-day civil rights heroes. On Thursday, we will see if Hurricane Spencer will force campus Marxists like Ortiz to show their true, authoritarian, anti-American colors.