Fan of Ron DeSantis accused of posting video containing Nazi imagery

Fan of Ron DeSantis accused of posting video containing Nazi imagery
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Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Ron DeSantis' campaign had posted a video involving Nazi imagery, and later deleted it. The video was actually posted by the account of a fan of DeSantis who later removed it.

A Ron DeSantis campaign member was accused of retweeting a video that flashed a number of concerning images. Just a few weeks ago, another video surfaced using photos of shirtless men previously mocked by Secretary Pete Buttigieg. In the latest video, however, a Nazi symbol flashes on the screen with a row of marching soldiers on either side of it and Gov. Ron DeSantis' face fading in.

Podcast host Luke Thompson of "Constitutionally Speaking" spotted the symbol that was shared by an account called Ron DeSantis Fan Cams which has 654 followers.

He explained it contains a sonnenrad. The symbol is an ancient European symbol used by Nazis while idealizing "Aryan/Norse" cultures, explained the Anti-Defamation League.

"In Nazi Germany, the Nazi Party, the SA and the SS all used sonnenrad symbology at times, which has led neo-Nazis and other modern white supremacists to adopt such images," the group explained.

In the fan account's version, the outer part of the circle says "Make America Florida," which has been DeSantis' campaign slogan.

While the video was deleted, Thompson reposted it.

DeSantis has had troubles with Nazis over the past few years that he's been in office. In 2023, he hired a speechwriter with ties to neo-Nazis. After DeSantis waged war with Disney, neo-Nazis began protesting outside the park south of Orlando. The move came after a number of neo-Nazi groups started popping up around the state.

At least one columnist has warned that no one should ever expect DeSantis to denounce neo-Nazis or white supremacists.

Ironically, one neo-Nazi told a reporter that groups use "woke grievances" to recruit angry white men to their cause.

Sunday morning, The New York Times revealed that the first video of the shirtless men was created by a staffer on the team, not a professional campaign ad company.

See the screen capture of the ad and the video below or at the link here.

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