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[OPINION] Supporting President Trump Doesn’t Make You a Racist!

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OPINION - Political analyst Randy Ross breaks down the fallout from Charlottesville and what needs to happen now.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The events of Charlottesville, Virginia were tragic and unfortunate–a young life taken all too soon while exercising her First Amendment right to free speech. Tragic, as well, is the desire to lump together all white Americans that voted for and continue to support President Donald Trump as instigators and supporters of hate. Confederate statues are either being vandalized, taken down or moved all throughout the nation. Police officers are being ambushed and executed and some Americans openly support it. These and other observations of the political process are pushing Americans to a civil war, and for what? Because the words don’t come out quick enough or aren’t as precise as people might prefer?

Any American who desires to blame our President for the considerable upheaval in our country is clearly and craftily manipulated by the mainstream media. Uniquely, as a result of the media brainwashing, people are marching and walking with anger and hate I’ve not seen in my adult life. Is this really the messaging we want the youth of our country to acknowledge?

What’s interesting is the water cooler conversations people are still resorting to in quietly supporting our President. A few brave ones might engage on social media, but many simply preferring to keep their support private. Over the weekend I spoke with a couple that owned a small business in Florida who are Trump supporters. Once they learned I was a Trump supporter they opened up their fear in letting customers become aware of their support of our President, and it hit me. I’ve been hearing about this fear since the day I became the Chairman of the Orange County Trump campaign–fear some had of vandalism or worse if they put something as innocent as a Trump bumper sticker on their car or campaign sign in their yard. Even though I learned, over time, to accept the extreme anger the liberal left had with our now president, it doesn’t mean I understood it.

63 million American soldiers elected Donald Trump to be president because they were tired of the status quo. Why anyone is surprised of the bloody fight he’s having in the Washington swamp is beyond me. We knew our President was not a politician. We knew sometimes our President said things we wished our President wouldn’t say or say a bit differently. But we voted for our President and continue to support our President because we were tired of the political elite pushing their own agendas versus an agenda for America. The alternative was Hillary Clinton. Have Americans simply forgotten this?

The challenges in our country are not because we elected President Trump, even though the media would like us to believe this. No, the challenges we’re facing might be as close as parents, over time, discontinuing conversations at the dinner table teaching their children to respect our country and its ideals, dinner time conversations addressing the horrible parts of history, like racism, as teachable moments versus a lifetime desire to somehow correct the past. There are no modern day slave owners, so outside of acknowledging the past, what else must we endure for some type of victory to be obtained?

The media keeps asking our president to heal with his words and not be a divider. And I simply ask, what has he said that is truly divisional? There was evil on both sides in Charlottesville. Extremism of all sides is unacceptable in a free society. However, you can’t title your movement with your race and not somehow predict there may be attacks on that very title. I’ll add…I doubt anything our president would have said this past week at anytime would ever have been enough for the media and those against him.

Unlike some Americans buying into this push to destroy civility in our country, I prefer to hope and pray for a period of calm so we can breathe and get onto the work our country so desperately needs.

My grandmother used to often say the biblical words, “There will be wars and rumors of wars,” (Matthew 24:16) when I was a young child. At the time, I just thought she was quoting scripture. She obviously was wise beyond her years. Americans, the war is here and instead of focusing on the enemy, like ISIS, Americans are redirecting their anger towards our President and holding him accountable for civil unrest of decades.

I’m not sure what the future holds. What I can say? This is not the America I grew up learning about. Even in our darkest moments I recall an America that united and came together for the better good. In so many ways, there are a few making it seem like our country is doomed. However, I invite you to look at the economy. I invite you to truly look at history and learn the truth behind why some of our most revered historic leaders were often prejudiced in their time. I invite you to read the United States Constitution and learn about the Americans who signed it–many wealthy in advance of the declaration and dying penniless after.

I’m tired of apologizing for being white in America. I’m tired of the media dictating how I should feel about what our President does and doesn’t do. But most, I’m tired of watching young and old of all races taking to the streets ripping down statues and carrying tiki torches to symbolize freedom of speech at its worst. It’s time to move on and allow our president to lead our country like his soldiers elected him to do. If all you’re doing is going after the President, then you’re part of the problem. God bless each and every American no matter your gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or race. This is America, not a third world country. We need to treat her with more respect. Lady Liberty is shaking her head.

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Randy Ross is a political contributor for Florida National News. | news@floridanationalnews.com

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  1. Pam Bronson Barber

    August 21, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Excellent writing, agree TOTALLY !!

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Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell Announces Leadership Team

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) today announced the appointment of the following Democratic Representatives to serve on the House Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2022-24 legislative term:

  • Leader Pro Tempore: Representative Dotie Joseph (D-Miami);
  • Policy Chair: Representative Kelly Skidmore (D-Boca Raton);
  • Floor Leader: Representative Michael “Mike” Gottlieb (D-Davie); and
  • Whip: Representative Christine Hunschofsky (D-Parkland).

“The House Democratic Caucus is made up of some of the strongest, most fierce champions of the people in the entire state,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “It is an honor and great pleasure to work with these individuals in this new capacity, and all of them are prepared to lead the Caucus in the face of the challenges that lie ahead of us.”

As Leader Pro Tempore, Representative Joseph will assist the Democratic Leader in carrying out designated responsibilities and perform such Leadership responsibilities as are assigned, including stepping in for the Leader as needed.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Representative Joseph for over 20 years. From the time we were at Georgetown Law to now, she has always been a consistent champion for justice. The issues she advocates for on behalf of all Floridians makes Representative Joseph an invaluable asset in defending Floridians against extremist Republican policies,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “I look forward to Representative Joseph’s leadership as a key member of my team over the next two years.”

In her role as the Caucus Policy Chair, Representative Skidmore will be responsible for ensuring the Caucus continues to champion legislation that positively impacts all Floridians, and will lead discussions about bills before the House at Caucus meetings.

“As the previous Policy Chair for the Caucus, I know what is needed to do this job. Appointing Representative Skidmore as Policy Chair was an easy choice,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “She stood out as a prime member in understanding policy during the last legislative term. Representative Skidmore also brings with her a wealth of experience as both a former House and Senate staffer and House member. Applying her unique skillset to this new role will benefit the Caucus and all Floridians.”

In his role as Floor Leader, Representative Gottlieb will be responsible in interpreting the House Rules, ensuring the Caucus adheres to the agreed upon rules, and working with his Republican counterpart in advocating for fair amounts of time be allotted to the Caucus in debating different pieces of legislation.

“Two things I greatly appreciate about Representative Gottlieb are his refreshing candor and strong fortitude,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “As the minority party in the Legislature, we’re aware of the challenges that lie ahead of us. What we need right now is someone who is unwavering under extreme pressure to help guide our Caucus during difficult moments. Representative Gottlieb is perfectly suited for this role.”

As Whip, Representative Hunschofsky will be responsible for keeping all Democratic Caucus members apprised of Caucus policy on any bills or issues before the House.

Representative Hunschofsky has an amazing ability to get things done,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “Not only does Representative Hunschofsky possess a wealth of knowledge due to her experience as the former mayor of Parkland, Florida, she is also a champion of many initiatives close to Floridians’ hearts, such as expanding access to quality mental health care. I know Representative Hunschofsky’s knowledge and ability will help prepare our Caucus for the challenges of the next two year.”

The Florida House Democratic Caucus will convene during Organizational Session taking place Nov. 21-22, 2022 in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session scheduled to begin on March 7, 2023.

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VIDEO: State Rep. Dianne Hart elected chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa), incoming Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, talks briefly with Florida National News on the importance of the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando Saturday. The Florida Classic is an annual college football rivalry game between Bethune–Cookman University and Florida A&M University.

Hart’s Twitter Statement:

Hart’s statement: “I’m honored to have been elected as the Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.” “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and for trusting me to move this important caucus forward.”

During the 2021 and 2022 Legislative Sessions, Rep. Hart served on the following House committees, including Democratic Ranking Member of the Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee, Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight, Ways & Means Committee, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee, State Legislative Redistricting Subcommittee and Select Subcommittee on Authorized Gaming Activity.

Hart was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018. She is also the CEO of the East Tampa Business and Civic Association.

 

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Former State Rep. Bruce Antone Ready To Rejoin Florida House

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Former State Representative Bruce Antone respond to questions by CFABJ, NAACP, and the Florida Voters League panel during a candidates forum in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Former Florida State Representative Bruce Antone served 12 years (six terms) in the Florida House of Representatives and defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Travaris McCurdy during the August primary election to represent Orange County in the newly draw District 41 House seat.

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

Antone was among eleven candidates seeking election to county, state and Congressional seats participating in a candidate forum hosted by CFABJ, NAACP and the Florida Voters League, Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Green Party nominee Robin Denise Harris is the only potential road block in Antone’s return to Tallahassee and faces off with him in the November general election. The District 41 House seat has an overwhelmingly Democratic voter base.

During his time in the Florida House, Antone was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the 29-member Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

The general election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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