A The Florida Republican Party office was vandalized on Sunday, with the message “Eat s*** fascists” painted on its windows and taped doors, officials say.
The Seminole County Republican Party reported the incident to police, and so far no suspects have been identified. The Florida Republican Party was quick to blame the attack on fiery rhetoric from Democrats accusing the GOP of extremism. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel also noted that “criminals echoed Biden’s ‘fascist’ slander.”
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“1. Crist says DeSantis supporters ‘have hate in their hearts’ 2. Biden calls Republicans semi-fascists The results? Dangerous rhetoric from Democrats polarizes our country and incites criminal behavior,” said the Florida GOP. tweeted.
The graffiti-laced message contained an A-circle, a symbol of anarchy.
The Seminole County GOP discovered the vandalism on Monday. Due to the adhesive stuff on the front door locks, they had to enter the building from the back, according to GOP state committee member Jesse Phillips.
“We couldn’t come in from the front. We had to come in from the back,” Phillips told Fox News. “Bullying is shameful. … Let’s hope that’s the end of it.”
While there were cameras inside the building, there were no cameras outside to identify the individual or individuals responsible, according to Philips. No one managed to enter the building, he added.
“The @seminolegop will not be intimidated by fascists posing as anti-fascists. The Republican Party is the party of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness while putting #AmericaFirst,” the county GOP tweeted. of Seminole in response to the attack.
Last week, President Joe Biden sparked controversy when he likened parts of the “MAGA philosophy” to “semi-fascism” during a fundraiser.
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the end of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” Biden said, according to a pool report. “It’s not just Trump; it’s the whole philosophy behind the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism,” he added of the former president. Donald Trump and his supporters.
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, who has defended Biden’s remarks, also sparked controversy last week by telling supporters of Governor Ron DeSantis he doesn’t want their vote.
“Those who support the governor should stand with him and vote for him. I don’t want your vote. If you have that hatred in your heart, keep it,” he said.
Crist walked back his comments, stressing in a later interview that he “won’t leave any voters behind” in his uphill battle against DeSantis.