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Ron DeSantis Campaign Staff, Supporters Allegedly Assault LGBTQ+ Activists

Author: Christopher Wiggins

Staff and attendees allegedly physically attacked protesters holding a rainbow flag during a recent Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis presidential campaign event in South Carolina.

The two said they had reserved tickets and arrived before DeSantis.

Their conversation with others at the event was cordial, and they described them as “very polite until we pulled out our flags,” Newsweekreports.

While DeSantis was beginning his speech, they stood up and pulled out large Pride flags from their perch near the stage.

Video online shows audience members, DeSantis staffers, and Jost and Sander wrestling as the governor’s supporters tried to snatch the rainbow flag away.

As the two were escorted out, audience members cheered, video of the incident shows.

“I remember when we held up the flag, someone grabbed me on the shoulder,” Jost told the outlet. “I turned around, I’m being surrounded. They’re shouting everywhere. People are yelling, ‘Shame on you, shame on you’ and trying to take it away from me.

“I felt someone grab me from behind and, like, multiple people were trying to push me to the ground. I got kicked; I actually have some small bruises. I’m glad I wore heavy pants.”

DeSantis did not acknowledge the disruption until they were physically being pushed out of the room.

“Before you worry about our children,” DeSantis began saying. “And they shouldn’t be worrying about our children either,” he said, gesturing at the restrained demonstrators.

“We don’t want you indoctrinating our children,” DeSantis screamed. “Leave our kids alone!”

According to media outlet Florida Politics, some who grabbed the rainbow flag were Moms for Liberty members, the extremist anti-government group described by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group embraced some Adolf Hitler messages before distancing itself recently.

Jost said it was “such an excessive use of force.”

Bystanders kicked him, and he was “violently dragged downstairs,” Sander said.

“I’ve lived in this community since I was in second grade. I know several of them personally. I’ve spoken with them…like, it’s kind of horrifying to see how quickly you’re dehumanized,” Sander added.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Christopher Wiggins

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