Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott blasts racism, won't criticize Trump over Charlottesville response

Florida Gov. Rick Scott denounced racism Monday in the wake of the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., but stopped short of joining other prominent Republicans in criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the violence. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott denounced racism Monday in the wake of the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., but stopped short of joining other prominent Republicans in criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the violence. [CHRIS URSO | Tampa Bay Times]

LAKE MARY — Florida Gov. Rick Scott denounced racism Monday in the wake of the white nationalist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., but stopped short of joining other prominent Republicans in criticizing President Donald Trump's response to the violence.

"I'm not going to parse the president's words, but here's what I'll say: It's evil. It's horrible. I don't believe in racism, I don't believe in bigotry," Scott said. "I believe that the KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, they don't belong in our society."

Scott took questions about Charlottesville after a speech at the Verizon facility on Heathrow Park Lane, during which he announced plans to pursue an amendment to the state Constitution that would require a legislative supermajority for any future tax or fee increases.

Tensions erupted Saturday during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville when a car plowed into counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, whose father lives in Brevard County. Three people died amid the day's chaos, and dozens were hurt.

Trump in his remarks Saturday did not specifically denounce far-right hate groups, instead condemning "hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." The wording was cheered by white nationalists online and drew criticism from politicians of both major parties.

On Monday, Trump named and condemned hate groups as "repugnant" and declared "racism is evil" in an updated, more forceful statement made live at the White House.

Though he did not criticize the president, Scott was emphatic in denouncing white supremacist ideologies.

"It's evil. I don't believe in it," he said. "It's disgusting that this would ever go on in our society."

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a potential 2018 candidate for governor, attended Scott's event and echoed his remarks.

"Wherever evil presents itself — I don't care if it's neo-Nazism, I don't care if it's white supremacy, if it's any of the incidents that we saw, they need to be stamped out and they have no business being in a free, open, democratic society," said Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes.

©2017 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott blasts racism, won't criticize Trump over Charlottesville response 08/14/17 [Last modified: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cookbook review: ‘Cherry Bombe: The Cookbook' is like a friend who always has a good recipe up her sleeve

    Cooking

    Cherry Bombe is a biannual indie magazine, weekly radio show/podcast and annual conference that celebrates women and food. And this month's release is a cookbook, a compilation of tried-and-true recipes from women who are famous both in the food world and other industries. Think model and cookbook author …

    By Kerry Diamond 
and Claudia Wu Clarkson Potter, 256 pages, $35
  2. Beautiful Hong Kong is pulsating with life and culture

    Travel

    HONG KONG

    “Ah money, money, money!" the cabdriver exclaimed with no small sense of sarcasm in his Cantonese-accented English as he waved in the direction of the spectacular skyline of Hong Kong, a city that revels in its reputation as an international financial capital.

    The Hong Kong skyline, seen here from Victoria Peak, the highest point in the city at 1,800 feet, is a sight to behold.
  3. How to pick the perfect fall six-pack of beer

    Bars & Spirits

    With each fall comes another opportunity to assemble the perfect seasonal six-pack. Of course, this is often a six-pack in name only, as many of the latest seasonal brews come in large- format bottles (with a price tag to match). That just means that you'll need to assemble some friends and family to share with, and who …

     Abita Pecan Harvest Ale: As the name suggests, this toasty amber ale is brewed with roasted Louisiana pecans. The base beer is fairly neutral, allowing the sweet and nutty pecan character to stand front and center. It drinks not unlike a liquid pecan pie — though it’s a bit less sweet, thankfully.
  4. Florida education news: Start times, scholarships, school choice and more

    Blogs

    START TIMES: Hillsborough County schools get new bell schedules for 2018-19, with high schools starting an hour later than in the past. Officials said the move is …

  5. Pasco students get opportunity to tackle big-picture issues

    K12

    LAND O'LAKES — At first, Krysten Hart wasn't sure what she was getting herself into.

    Wesley Chapel High senior Emily Prengaman discusses ways to improve graduation rates with Sunlake High principal Michael Cloyd and other teens from around the school district during Pasco County's first student congress. [Photo by Jeffrey S. Solochek]