Florida’s Trump-loving governor just made it OK to hit protesters with your car


As racial-justice protests swelled around the country during his last year in office, Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that he had little regard for the constitutionally enshrined right to assemble. Regularly conflating peaceful protesters with violent ones, he frequently threatened to unleash “law and order” (read: police brutality) on people for having the audacity to attempt to have their voices heard. “Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis,” he wrote on Twitter on Juneteenth 2020. Earlier that month he had the National Guard tear-gas peaceful protesters assembled in D.C. in the wake of George Floyd’s killing so that he could do a Bible photo op. And now a Republican who many believe will follow in Trump’s White House footsteps is picking up where he left off, vis-à-vis preventing people from protesting systemic racism. On Monday, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed an “anti-riot bill” into law that, among other things, grants civil immunity to people who decide to drive their cars into protesters who are blocking a road.

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