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June 21, 2021
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Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the driver of a pickup truck drove into a crowd during a Pride Month parade, killing one person and injuring another. He narrowly missed a convertible that was carrying Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. We extend our sympathies and prayers for the victims and their families.

Sadly, even though the event was supposed to be promoting tolerance, Mayor Dean Trantalis immediately leapt to an intolerant conclusion, telling local media, “This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community. This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate. It was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily, they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people."

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ft-lauderdale-mayor-terrorist-attack-pride-dean-trantalis

That false impression quickly spread, sparking denunciations of Gov. DeSantis and other conservatives. But Trantalis backed down after experiencing a swift backlash. It was reported that if he’d just waited 15 minutes before making his false accusation, he would have seen that the driver being arrested was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus T-shirt. Both he and the victims were involved with the chorus. The driver was reportedly a 77-year-old man whose ailments prevented him from walking, so they let him drive the lead vehicle, and it suddenly accelerated. So it was not deliberate, premeditated or targeted. It was an accident.

It’s also a tragic reminder of the wise old saying, “Make sure your brain is in gear before engaging your mouth.”

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  • Joanne C.Walczak

    06/22/2021 05:19 PM

    Open mouth,stick you foot in it.

  • Francis Grant

    06/21/2021 05:00 PM

    Amen to that brother!

  • Julianne Thorne

    06/21/2021 04:22 PM

    Unsure how a Mayor like this keeps his job. After those remarks with no evidence whatsoever, this guy must love stirring up trouble. He did create some negative attention for himself, though. What a dummy.

  • Casey Eckert

    06/21/2021 01:52 PM

    Please share the mayor's email address so people with "common sense" and who are not filled with hatred can send him a note to step down from his position - someone who is so quick to make slanderous statements, without the FACTS, should not be in office. The people he is supposed to serve are being short-changed by him.

  • Yevon Prater

    06/21/2021 01:04 PM

    So true. The Left leadership is looking for anything to blame the right for. That reflects their leadership brains are not trained to be thinkers but troublemakers.

  • George Whitaker

    06/21/2021 01:02 PM

    Re the instant and over-reaction by the demoKKKrats regarding the Ft Lauderdale incident: "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

  • James M. Grainger

    06/21/2021 11:35 AM

    Also a tragic reminder of the old saying, "Don't let your alligator mouth overload your mockingbird ass!".