FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Speech By Nazi Leader Richard Spencer

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Alachua County, where Nazi leader Richard Spencer is due to give a speech this Thursday on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive order. Scott placed Wes Maul, the recently-promoted 29-year-old interim state emergency management director, as the state coordinating officer “for the duration of this emergency,” including giving Maul the authority to deploy law enforcement officers and to suspend state laws if necessary.

The governor’s order, Number 17-264, gives all state agencies the power to suspend rules and regulations, including for purchasing, travel and personnel actions. Scott also activated his authority as governor to spend surplus money as he deems necessary.

In a statement, Scott said: “We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion. However, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority. I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

  • Andrea_Rae

    Another opportunity for needless violence, yay!! /s

  • alguien

    probably as a means to stifle counter protests

    • Gustav2

      To set up separate protest areas.

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    • TrueWords

      “If I wanna run for the Senate, guess I better do something to grab headlines now that hurricane season is winding down.”

  • olandp

    Let me get this straight, to maintain law and order, the governor has suspended the laws. Got it.

  • Wesinoregon

    These people should have no right to speak. We were at war with that ideology and don’t need a repeat of it.

  • JWC

    Bannon’s pick for the next prezzy??

  • Ronald Reagan is Dead!

    Rick Scott, I don’t know what to make of this move my belief is that you are calling a State of Emergency not for Richard Spencer but to crush any protests against him and suspending rules would allow you to infringe on their 1st amendment rights.

  • Paula

    Surely, somebody has an old Ford Pinto to lend to Spencer.

    • JWC

      and an uncompleted freeway over ramp

      • Paula

        And a full tank of gas.

        • JWC

          Ah remeber that scene well

        • David in Tucson

          And an engine prone to stalling, and a car behind with really bad brakes.

          • Paula

            Hijinks ensue!

        • Adam King

          With a lit rag sticking out of the gas tank.

    • boatboy_srq

      Maserati Biturbo. Newer, flashier, and makes him think he has something special – right before it goes full-on Fried Green Tomatoes.

    • GayOldLady

      I had this color Ford Pinto. It wasn’t even a year old when I bought it. It had been rolled and I got it for $300 cash because the frame was damaged and it was considered a total. The doors never looked shut even when they were. I drove my children around in that thing for several years thinking we were completely safe. The kids still tease me about that car.

      • jerry
        • JCF

          My first (beloved piece o’ junk): Chevy Vega.


          [Not this one. Mine was called—not named by me, but the in-law from whom I got it—“Yellow Bird”]

          Oy vey, the aluminum block engine. I used to say “it has an engine made of cottage cheese”. Smoked like Bogart (had to put in heavy “honey oil”, to get it to pass Oregon’s smog test).

      • William

        We had the 1976 Mustang II. It was mechanically the same as the Pinto, down to the automatic transmission that fell out of Park and the explodey gas tank thing.

      • stuckinthewoods

        I had a 1971 in dark metallic green. It gave me no problems for a decade and later was really easy to work on – because there was almost nothing under the hood.

        • GayOldLady

          Mine never gave me a minutes worth of trouble. In those days I changed my oil and the filters myself. I don’t remember paying for any work on it. Even though it had been rolled and had a messed up frame it ran like a top. And for a vehicle of that era it got really good gas mileage.

          • stuckinthewoods

            Me too, I guess we were both lucky. After my partner died in the ’80s, I inherited his car and gave my Pinto to a friend so he could get to the doctor (minimal as treatment was then) and when he died, his partner gave the Pinto to some very poor people who I saw driving it years later. I could tell it was the same one because of the replaced fender after trying to teach a friend to drive. When she nearly squashed some bicyclists I thought it would be safer to teach her in quiet historic Hollywood Cemetery…where she promptly ran into a monument. But hey, it never exploded!

          • GayOldLady

            I taught several people how to drive and there’s always one who you have to take to a field or a huge parking lot in the middle of the night to keep them from running into something. 🙂

  • Ninja0980

    This is likely being done to stifle protests.

    • David

      Fascism is, as fascism does.

  • worstcultever

    Afternoon coolness break: incredibly skillful/painstaking creation of a figure of St. Freddie


    • PickyPecker

      Wow. Nicely done. I woner how many hours went into that?

    • KCMC

      attention to arm pit hair. all. the. points.

      • Reality.Bites

        But still a Ken doll down under

    • Adam King

      Wonderful! But I’m still trying to get past the having-a-bunch-of-teeny-weeny-skeletons part.

  • Dagoril

    Liberals just need to show up with hundreds of Tiki Torches. And gasoline. You know, in case it gets dark and cold.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Does that mean the governor is going to need National Guard?

  • alc2018
    • misterjack

      You nebulous ninny!

      • alc2018

        ‘I shall treat that slur with the contempt it deserves’. : Dr. Zachary Smith

    • Grumpy Old Man

      I only watched that show once – when no one threw him out the airlock, it destroyed suspension of disbelief.

  • boatboy_srq

    One has to wonder who it is Voldemort thinks he’s really protecting: ordinary Floridians (especially undergrad Gators), or Spencer from the slings and arrows of Those People®.

  • Sam

    This political stunt is nothing more than trying to make himself look better when he finally announces his run for US Senate.

  • JWC

    maybe now would be a good time to buy shares in the Tik iTorch Corp

    • BobSF_94117

      Scott could have saved a lot of money if he’d just sent this 29-yo out to buy all the Tiki torches before the Nazis got to the stores.

      • JWC

        is he gay or does he know?

  • bambinoitaliano

    So how does stand your ground work in this case?

    • KCMC

      Limited to home residence?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Hmmmm I thought the last case I read was in a theater.

  • bkmn

    Gotta protect the haterz from having to see anyone who disagree with them.

  • The_Wretched

    So the cops are going to attack and detain the anti-nazi protestors? That’s the way i’m seeing this.

  • Adam Stevens

    Maybe the local K-Mart could distract them with a White Sale?

  • Lazycrockett

    I was reading this weekend bout how much it cost taxpayers to secure this nazi safety in every place he goes to. 100,000 of dollars at each venue.

    • Brian Burleson

      I recently read that UC Berkeley spent over $750000.00 for security so that the Milo & Ann Show could happen during “Free Speech Week”. All the speakers cancelled, it is unknown whether or not any of them had it finalized meaning that the Nazis didn’t have the money for their “speaking fees”. All that money was wasted on these fucking idiots! Punch a Nazi, win my respect!

    • stuckinthewoods

      After Spencer’s Charlottesville appearance, a different group staged a demonstration at Richmond’s Lee monument. Only a few dozen showed up (latest news said 6, but it was more than that) and it was just reported that cost the city $540,000.

  • Todd20036

    Nazis are the victims, suddenly.

    • boatboy_srq

      If you ignore their stated goals of eliminating anyone insufficiently White+Corporatist+Xtian, they do meet the criteria of oppressed minority.

      If you ignore their stated goals.

    • justme

      they are Republicans…What do you expect

    • JWC

      ‘…while they are persecutting they claim to be persecuted..While behaving colossally offensive claim to be offended”…

  • Bluto

    In other words, the po po has been authorized to beat the fuck out of antifa & anyone suppressing those poor nazis.

  • David

    A “temporary” state of emergency makes it very, very easy to then “temporarily” declare Martial Law, with a “temporary” suspension of the US Constitution.

  • bkmn

    That’s a shame – we really needed to see more clips like this…

  • justme

    Rick Scott gives hate a carte blanche in Florida

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Why is a “29-year old” in charge of anything? Oh, right–Florida; never mind.

    • justme

      cause the rest are soo old and senile??

    • boatboy_srq

      You’d prefer a 92-year-old? It IS Florida.

  • AmeriCanadian

    When did hate speech become protected speech????

    • David

      January 20, 2017.

    • MBear

      In murrikkka: always

      • Adam King

        It’s always been Constitutionally protected, but going out of your way to use the force of law to protect the hateful speaker is a new Republican thing.

        • AmeriCanadian

          I get it…Snyder v. Phelps. But who gets to decide if “imminent violence” is being promoted by the speech? Seems very vague to me.

        • MBear

          Theres never been police protection for Westboro?

      • David


    • boatboy_srq

      It began when Atwater discussed “forced busing” and “entitlements”. It becsame acceptable to protect hate speech not put through the dogwhistle filter in 2009. It became pResidential last January.

    • Halou

      When people figured out they could use it to take power.

  • David

    Gov. Bat-Boy is working directly with the Nazi’s, to personally help plan and coordinate the terrorist event.

  • shellback
  • TampaDink

    There is a microbrewery in Gainesville that is advertising free beer in exchange for unused tickets to the richard spencer speech.

  • David

    There is one thing that all dictators & tyrants fear: thier own citizens/ subjects.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    He’s the governor’s and the President’s buddy, I guess he wants to protect him.

  • ChrisBnSF

    …or the press just not covering this shit. I wish they would do that and instead focus on groups and organizations working for empowerment and uplift of all.

  • alc2018
    • coram nobis

      Only missing the beauty spot on the left (facial) cheek.

  • sfsoma

    Trust fund man baby under control or a russian agent, his wife.

  • David
  • BobSF_94117

    The right-wing claim is that free speech is under attack by out of control lefties.

    The best thing people could do is totally ignore this little spectacle.

    • GayOldLady

      That’s what happened in the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s. Finally, in the 1960’s white people who disagreed with these people came off the sidelines and challenged them, in public and their numbers began to drop or at least their public appearances began to drop. There must be counter protests and they must be large enough, loud enough and overwhelming enough that these guys understand that they are seriously outnumbered among people of their own race.

    • GayOldLady

      “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  • Nowhereman

    Since the violence is incited by the nazis in the first place, why not just pull their permit? We already know who they are and what they want to do. They are using public facilities in order to claim first amendment protections so they can start a riot.

    • Friday

      Since where they apply for permits usually is a diversion for wherever they really end up, to avoid counter-protestors?

  • Jefe5084

    A yes, the ol’ marshall law gambit. Tried and true squelching of commoners in all self-respecting dictatorships.

  • Treant

    Cute. I’m so sure that’ll be used on the nazis, now won’t it?

  • Christopher Street

    What this actually means: I have all the power to spend whatever money I deem reasonable on Police and whatever ridiculous hardware acquisitions I feel like making while this action is in force, mostly to crush counter protesters.” It also shows he’s happy to throw money at his police state but screw anyone who wants healthcare or school or any of those liberal entitlements. Hey police, it’s Xmas, come and get it!

  • Clive Johnson

    Is Spencer still at 20 Hermitage RD, Wirtz, VA 24184?

    Just curious.

  • margaretpoa

    Suspend those laws making mowing down Liberals with a car illegal. Right Ricky Voldemort?

  • Hank

    I do NOT trust ANY thing that the Skeletor does!!! He is more likely to side with the Nazis, than with anyone else!!!

    • coram nobis

      At least until the Night of Long Knives comes down, in which case the storm troupers will have a sticky time of it from their former friends.

  • William

    Spence needs to lay off the Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

  • Scott MB

    Why can’t these people understand that you do have the right to free speech. However, you DO NOT have a right to consiquence free speech.

  • William

    Once again, here is ‘A Night at the Garden’.

  • justmeeeee

    Tomorrow belongs to me!

    • coram nobis

      When the Nazi says “We is the master race,”
      We heil! [punch] Heil! [punch]
      Right in the Nazi’s face.

      When the Nazi says “We own the world and space,”
      We heil! [punch] Heil! [punch]
      Right in the Nazi’s face.

  • The Sentinel

    Never. Gets. Old. https://youtu.be/mXYzgTLoQjY

  • “Why don’t you just climb back into your little German clown car and drive back to Nazitown?”

  • GanymedeRenard

    Sure. Let’s use the full force of the law to protect the Nazis.

    • Taylor Bixler

      When Spencer was in Charlottesville earlier this month, he and his dipshit minions literally received a police escort out of the County. Meanwhile, the local temple was being guarded by citizens because the fucking police couldnt bother and were escorting Richard Spencer out of town.

      • GanymedeRenard


  • DaveMiller135

    I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to just let Nazis, e.g. this guy or Milo Yiannopoulos, speak and then just not go hear them. I haven’t seen evidence that the Nazis or any other nutters have the numbers to do more than talk.

    • KnownDonorDad

      The internet is rife with them, but I don’t know how many of them actually do anything more threatening than typing on the computer.

      • DaveMiller135

        Well exactly. I’m pretty convinced the Million Moms consists of one chain-smoking, muumuu clad, middle-aged woman in the Midwest.

  • narutomania

    My suggestion to the State of Florida: let the asswipe go to your state and say whatever he wants. Then, after the riots start, arrest him for inciting a riot and keep him in jail for a very long time.

    I do not understand how this hatemonger can have a platform for him vile form of speech, and yet a quiet and peaceful man who was caught with a small bag of marijuana is sitting in jail.

  • Robincho

    Skeletor is so cute when he stops sucking Spencer’s dick long enough to tend to stuff like this…

  • wds

    So, once again Bat-Boy is trying to get attention at the same time assuring that Richard Spencer >spits at name< gets a TON of attention. Do I think police will "clash" with protesters? You bet!! Is Bat-boy trying to up his "tough guy" creds? You bet! What a cretin and what a creep … But hey, FL loves him … SMH https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34bf69240697b244e8a4a8aa476987ae5d429bd3afa8d6d488626d552a42de43.jpg

  • Barry William Teske

    Oh look!
    This is what the ‘catastrophic’ rich are enabling these days…