The appearance of demonstrators outside a gathering of young conservative activists that featured speeches by President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and a number of Republican U.S. senators was denounced by a Holocaust center in Florida and others.
The rally, according to Florida Holocaust Museum chairman Mike Igel, posed a direct threat to the local Jewish population. The museum is located in St. Petersburg, across the harbor from the Tampa Meeting Center, where the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit convention was taking place on Saturday when the demonstrators turned up outside.
Turning Point, a Trump-aligned organization that mobilizes young people on college campuses into conservative action, was established by conservative Charlie Kirk in 2012. Five thousand young conservatives attended the gathering.
“Carrying the Nazi flag, or that of the SS, the unit responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust, is an indefensible act of pure hatred. This isn’t about politics or religion. It’s about humanity,” Igel stated.
The Nazi demonstrators had no connection to the conference, according to Turning Point spokesman Andrew Kolvet, who also criticized their ideas.
Other speakers at the Turning Point conference besides Trump and DeSantis included Republican U.S. Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz as well as Fox News TV host Laura Ingraham.
Those holding Nazi flags and those protesting against the US overturning Roe v. Wade briefly fought as they marched from a local park to the conference center. High Court.
The Nazi protestors were denounced on Sunday by Florida officials from both political parties, including Republican U.S. Rick Scott and Democratic governor hopefuls Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried.