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DeSantis Loudly Booed At Vigil For Jacksonville Shooting Victims

Video captured attendees booing the Florida Governor before and during his speech at a vigil for the three victims of the shooting at a Dollar General store.

Twitter screenshot of man booing Ron DeSantis; TikTok screenshot of Jacksonville residents booing Ron DeSantis
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Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis faced a chorus of boos during a vigil held on Sunday to honor the victims of a racially motivated shooting at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville. T

The attack, which occurred on Saturday, left three people dead and sent shockwaves through the community.

Video footage captured from various angles shows Governor DeSantis, who is also running for president, being jeered by the crowd gathered at the vigil.

You can watch what happened in the videos below.

Critics have been quick to point out Governor DeSantis' record on gun policies and what they view as divisive measures.

DeSantis has been associated with policies that make it easier to carry firearms in the state of Florida and has championed a brand of "anti-woke" politics that has drawn criticism for its divisive nature.

He has been widely criticized as a result.

The Jacksonville shooter was identified as a 21-year-old man who took his own life after the attack.

Law enforcement officials revealed that the man had a Nazi symbol on his weapon and left behind a racist manifesto.

Sheriff T.K. Waters, speaking at a press conference, characterized the manifesto as "the diary of a madman," underscoring the irrationality of the shooter's thoughts while acknowledging his lucidity in carrying out the attack:

“He was just completely irrational. But with irrational thoughts, he knew what he was doing. He was 100% lucid.”

The racism exhibited by the man similarly motivated another who killed 10 people and injured three others during a mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket last spring.

The shooter—who wrote a 180-page manifesto ahead of the attack—identified as a White supremacist and warned about the "Great Replacement," a conspiracy theory spread by right-wing networks that states White European populations and their descendants are being demographically and culturally replaced with non-European peoples.