One man was killed in a tragic and unfortunate accident at the recent Stonewall Pride Parade in Walton Manors, Florida.
At one point during the parade, a man in a pickup truck accelerated and ran two people over. One of them was killed, and the other was injured. There is no evidence that this event was anything other than a terrible and inauspicious accident.
Despite this, however, Democrats immediately rushed out to weaponize the event for political and propagandistic purposes. Some began to claim that it was an orchestrated “terrorist attack” against the LGBT community.
Dean Trantalis, the Democratic mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was present at the Pride Parade.
He is the one who appears to have started the rumor that it was a “terrorist attack.” He also said that disgraced Florida Democratic Representative Debbie Wassermann-Schultz was present during the attack and was only missed “by inches” when the truck barreled forward.
Speaking to WPLG, a local Florida news station, Trantalis said, “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.”
At the time Trantalis said these things, there wasn’t an ounce of concrete evidence for any of them.
It seems that Wassermann-Schultz was in a convertible preparing to appear at the parade at the time when the event happened.
It is not even clear how near she was to the proceedings.
Moreover, the man who was arrested in connection with the event was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus shirt at the time. The chorus president, Justin Knight, also described the man arrested as “part of the Chorus family.”
At this time, the most reasonable supposition by far is that what happened was an accident. Witnesses had even told WPLG that they heard the driver repeatedly swearing to the police that what happened was an accident.
Despite this, Democrats are blaming a recent law enacted by Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for what happened. The law allows drivers to run into rioters with their cars and gives them legal protections if they happen to be surrounded by violent and aggressive people while they are in their cars.
It does not give drivers carte blanche to run over parade participants.