Representative of DeSantis’ Democratic challenger Charlie Crist is kicked out of women’s rights rally by protesters

Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate received a less than warm welcome from liberal protesters demonstrating against restrictive abortion laws on Saturday – who chased him away when he tried to show support.

Pro-abortion protesters shouted over Rep. Charlie Crist’s attempts to speak to them outside an event in Tampa on Saturday, chanting, “Democrats, we’re calling your bluff!” Voting blue is not enough! »

Crist then escaped from the protest site, heading for a waiting car. On his way out, Crist continued to wave and smile at protesters.

Asked about the reaction, Crist told reporters: “Everyone needs help and I’m here to help.”

The backlash is not a good sign for Rep. Crist, who is aiming to win the Democratic nomination Aug. 23 to face Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s gubernatorial election this fall.

Many liberals and leftists have complained that Democrats are not doing enough to protect their basic rights and enact key policies such as student loan relief. The Roe vs. Wade reversal has many progressives demanding action now and rejecting calls from Nancy Pelosi and other establishment Dems to simply vote Blue to fix the problems.

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Rep. Charlie Crist was rebuffed as he repeatedly attempted to engage with protesters in Tampa on Saturday

Protesters shouted at Crist:

Protesters shouted at Crist, “Democrats, we’re calling your bluff!” Voting blue is not enough! »

Despite being shouted at by protesters, Crist continued to wave and smile

At one point, Crist appeared to bow and show his gratitude to the protesters

Despite being shouted at by protesters, Crist continued to wave and smile

After escaping safely in his car, Crist told a reporter:

After escaping safely in his car, Crist told a reporter: ‘Everyone needs help and I’m here to help’

On Saturday, the pro-abortion group was there to protest the first national convention of the conservative organization Moms for Liberty which was being held at the Marriott Hotel, at the same time as the Florida State Democratic Party convention was being held. in the same complex.

Crist previously served as governor of Florida between 2007 and 2011. In 2010, he left the Republican Party and registered as an independent. He joined the Democrats in 2012.

He is competing with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination. The congressman is leading in most polls.

A protester at Saturday’s rally held up a sign that read: ‘A Ron Warrant!!! That’s all bitch.’ DeSantis was one of the speakers at the convention, alongside Sen. Rick Scott and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

According to WUSF Stephanie Colombini, Democratic state senator Janet Cruz was also “hunted out”.

WUSF reported that the pro-abortion group was holding a rally at Lykes Gaslight Park before heading to the Marriott. This event was organized by the Tampa Bay Socialism and Liberation Party and the Tampa Bay Coalition for Women’s Rights.

The WUSF report says the protest remained peaceful and no arrests were made.

The station reports that the group also chanted, “Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Ron DeSantis walk away.”

A post on the Tampa Bay Party for Socialism and Liberation Instagram page describes Moms for Liberty as a “fascist organization that organizes nationally to ban books, does not teach the history of Blacks in schools, no vaccines or masks required in schools, and any mention of LGBTQ people in schools.’

At the Moms for Liberty event, the most popular topic was the banning of books in schools that the group considers too liberal, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told the crowd that activists should run for positions on state school boards.

He said in his opening speech, “We have a great opportunity in this election in August with school board primaries…and then in November in my election and all these other elections, to really solidify the state. of Florida like this the country’s citadel of freedom.

The Tampa Bay Times report on the event does not mention abortion as a topic discussed at the event.

Crist is competing with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination

Crist is competing with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried for the Democratic nomination

A representative of Saturday’s protesters told WUSF that although Republicans were the main target of the rally, the group is also frustrated with Democrats.

A tweet pinned to the top of Charlie Crist’s Twitter page reads, “On my first day as governor, I will be signing an executive order to protect reproductive freedom in Florida.”

Although Crist is well known for his flip-flops on abortion rights. He told WFLX in April, “I’m still pro-life, which means I’m pro-life. I hope most people are. In July, he told the Orlando Sentinel that he regretted appointing pro-life judges in Florida when he was governor.

According to PolitiFact, Crist has changed his stance on abortion rights six times.

The fact-checking site said in its summary of its position: “He was conflicted about abortion. In fact, we struggled to find a consistent position he ever held on the matter.

In 1998, Crist told the Tampa Bay Times that he was “pro-choice, but not pro-abortion.”

In 2010, when Crist left the Republican Party to become an independent, he removed much of his anti-abortion language from his website, USA Today reports.