“You have allowed weapons to fill the street into [the hands of] immature, hateful people that have caused the deaths of the people who were murdered a few weeks ago,” the unidentified man said while being removed from the press conference.
The man then went on to accuse DeSantis of putting policies in place, “that hurt people like myself and the people that I love.”
As the man began to talk about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black boy who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., is when DeSantis erupted.
“I did not allow anything with that,” DeSantis said.
The man then tried to interrupt DeSantis and said, “let me finish,” but DeSantis refused.
“I’m not going to let you accuse me of committing criminal activity,” DeSantis said. “I am not going to take that.”
DeSantis went on to say that the gunman who opened fire at a Dollar General on Aug. 27 should have been “Baker Acted,” citing the Florida law that allows for family members to involuntarily institutionalize someone due to a mental health crisis, emphasizing that the gunman should have been ineligible but was never involuntarily committed.
The man tried again to finish the point but DeSantis would not let him.
“There is the truth. There is something about the truth. It’s not – everyone doesn’t have their own truth,” DeSantis said. “You don’t get to come here and blame me for some madman, that is not appropriate. I’m not going to accept that.”
When the man responded with, “you have allowed people to hunt people like me.”
DeSantis vehemently denied that calling “nonsense” and then going on to say that Florida has done more to support law enforcement than anyone else in the United States.
This is not the first time that DeSantis, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, has faced backlash; he also received it from Black lawmakers at the state and federal level for the recent Jacksonville shooting.