OP-ED: Dear Jerusalem Post, DeSantis speaking at the Museum of Tolerance is intolerable
Passover starts at sundown next Wednesday and Jewish Floridians in particular face a daily plague known as Ron DeSantis, the tiny man in high heels who points his finger at drag queens and kids in masks and threatens teachers with rainbow flags with prosecution while allowing Nazis to make Florida their warm, welcome safe space where swastikas fly next to flags that read, “DeSantis Country.” So why did The Jerusalem Post and Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem invite him to give a keynote speech in Israel next month?
It’s a question many Americans–not just Jewish ones–are asking.
The newspaper says Reichstag Ron, the one who bans books and whitewashes Black history because it makes his fragile white base squirm in their own filthy guilt, is going to address tensions in Israel. That’s almost as rich as Trump claimed he was, but not nearly as rich as getting owned by an animated rodent (L’chaim Mickey!).
The crass culture warrior who peppers his speeches and fundraising emails with antisemitic screams of “Soros,” the one whose state, according to the ADL, has faced an unprecedented increase in antisemitism and neo-Nazi activity under his tenure, has been invited to speak at a museum of tolerance when, in fact, the only tolerance he seems to have is for, well, neo-Nazis.
Perhaps it would make more sense if someone as loathsome and intolerant and far right as DeSantis were to speak at a rally for Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who cowered to hundreds of thousands of protesters rejecting his dictatorial plans to overhaul Israel’s judiciary, but a MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE?
The hypocrisy is, as we Jewish folk say, a shanda. Truly disgraceful.
Many of us did what we do in these cases, sadly, no we don’t join hundreds of thousands en masse in the streets, but we do it in the tattered town hall that is Twitter.
Some wrote to The Jerusalem Post directly asking wtf (Welcome to Florida)?
Here was the answer:
Now, Shalom Rabbi Cooper, but NU?
A man who has attacked marginalized people, made his state unsafe for them and remains silent on Nazis in Florida, is going to speak at a MUSEUM. OF. TOLERANCE?
A Proud Boys pinup who got his name checked in the far-right neo-fascist group’s January 6 manifesto is giving the keynote speech. On what? How to befriend a Nazi?
Yes, we know Lindbergh is dead, but come on. This is like asking Nick Cannon to speak at a conference on abstinence.
Actually that would make more sense considering Cannon was indeed once celibate, he says, while DeSantis has yet to prove that he gives a flying Buc-ee’s about Jewish Americans unless they are of the far-right and very wealthy kind.
It’s a joke, but really it’s gross. Just gross.
Next week at my seder, I am devoting all four questions to ASKING WHY this is happening? HOW this is happening? HOW COULD you have this happen? And, last but not least, ARE YOU KIDDING?
To my fellow Jewish Americans who support the man who screams at the top of his lungs about drag queens, gay people and Black history but remains deafeningly silent on #NazisinFlorida, never forget he uses antisemitic tropes too. #ReichstagRon https://t.co/JWpJdfn4Nd
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) March 20, 2023
It’s been 4 days since Nazis flew antisemitic hate flags near Daytona 500, a few weeks since we found nazi propaganda in Jewish neighborhoods & 7 months since they flew “DeSantis Country” flags w/swastikas. #ReichstagRon remains mute, quicker to arrest teachers for books. https://t.co/4xbvQkH2Gy
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) February 23, 2023
Three days later and crickets from Proud Boys pinup #ReichstagRon, busy infecting other states with his Christo-fascist, pro-Putin propaganda while allowing #NazisinFlorida to flourish. https://t.co/9DlELxav98
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) February 21, 2023
In the wake of the Florida Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy for the Jan 6. insurrection, a reminder that Trump Afterbirth, Governor White Power, Ron DeSantis, was given a special shoutout in the Proud Boys' Jan. 6 manifesto. pic.twitter.com/W1WAB6JdGw
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) January 24, 2023
Governors like Ron DeSantis, who has the nerve to beg for money from Jewish Republicans, blame powerful Jewish individuals such as financier and philanthropist George Soros or use coded antisemitic language to identify shadowy ‘elites’ or ‘globalists.’ https://t.co/gdhtXpuXze
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) November 27, 2022
Mar a Lago may be Florida’s Kehlsteinhaus, but the gubnuh’s manse in Tallahassee is The Reich Chancellery, from where (when he’s not on a Yelp tour of MAGAt truck stops & greasy spoons or is off at some border town running an imaginary POTUS campaign) spews antisemitic tropes. pic.twitter.com/phhcv1K4m1
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) November 27, 2022
Welcome to DeSantistan, where books are banned, history is whitewashed, drag brunches and lifesaving vaccines are declared dangerous, but #NazisInFlorida waving swastikas along with DeSantis Country flags are A-OK. #NeverAgainIsNow pic.twitter.com/vUr8njEBDQ
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) November 25, 2022
Don't worry, folks: DeSantis, a man who has repeatedly hung out with virulent Islamophobes, neo-Nazis, racists, and anti-LGBTQ bigots, is definitely a good guy, because his book also quotes Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. https://t.co/uELBOXMWjl
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) November 13, 2022