DeSantis To Pro-Hamas Protesters At University Of Florida: ‘Not Happening Here’

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In new comments discussing the recent pro-Hamas protesters who have attempted to set up an encampment at the University of Florida, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared victory over the leftist extremists and pointed out how they were only able to maintain their encampment for a few minutes. 

“In the state of Florida, you do not have a right to commandeer property,” he said. “You don’t have a right to go take over parts of the university. You don’t have a right to go after other students based on their ethnicity. And we’re gonna ensure that that’s upheld in the state of Florida.” 

“Now, if you look around the country, you have a lot of elite colleges and universities that have allowed themselves to become overrun with encampments, graffiti, as well as a lot of really nasty anti-Semitism at Columbia,” he continued. 

“Pro-Hamas activists stormed buildings, took cleaning staff hostage, and destroyed iconic academic halls. At UCLA, Jewish students were barred from entering buildings on campus by pro-Hamas activists,” he added. “At Portland State, the library was taken over and subsequently trashed by vagrants who weren’t even students of the university to begin with. And we see some of the chants that are done at these universities, such as, ‘From the river to the sea.’ Some are saying, ‘We don’t want no two-state.’” 

DeSantis went on to say that those who repeat chants like “from the river to the sea” want a second Holocaust against the Jews and are calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. 

DeSantis later continued to slam the pro-Hamas protesters at other schools: “You also see really disrespectful behavior at UNC, agitators removed the American flag and replaced it with a Palestinian flag. Now, how disrespectful is that to people that have fought and died for this country? At George Washington University, some of these agitators desecrated a statue of the father of our country, George Washington. Talk about disrespect for somebody who is really responsible more than anyone else to ensure that we have America.” 

“Even in New York City, you have a pro-Hamas people, they go to the World War I memorial and burn the American flag — just disrespectful conduct,” he said. “Now, one of the things we’ve seen around the country is some of the people who are doing this aren’t even students of the university. So why would you have people who aren’t even students hijack your university for their agenda? That makes no sense whatsoever. So we’ve seen a lot of failures of leadership. We’ve seen some of these schools get overrun. That is not happening here in the state of Florida. You are going to behave appropriately, or if not, you’re gonna be shown the door. If we have a student that would take a janitor hostage like they did at Columbia University, the only appropriate response is that student is expelled immediately.” 

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