Casey DeSantis appears at GOP campaign event where other featured guest is a far-right conspiracy peddler

The Broward Women's Republican Club Facebook page
Casey DeSantis at campaign event hosted by the Broward Women's Republican Club. Facebook page screenshot
Trevor Loudon
Trevor Loudon

The wife of Florida Republican candidate for governor Ron DeSantis did an appearance at a campaign event in Broward County this week where the other featured speaker was a far-right conspiracy theorist lecturer who claims some 120 members of the U.S. Congress are tied the Communist party, to hostile foreign powers and to front groups for the “Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Broward Women’s Republican Club had two guests for its program this week (Sept. 18): Casey DeSantis and Trevor Loudon, a blogger, lecturer, and documentary producer who says communists and Islamists are infiltrating America through our elected leaders and our churches.

“These are people basically working against America’s interests, and they can get away with it because there are no security checks in Congress whatsoever,” he claims.

“You’ve got to realize that communists have been infiltrating the Christian Churches in America for 100 years,” Loudon claims, adding that “they have done the same thing in the Middle East to Islam.”

Loudon has endorsed DeSantis, saying DeSantis is “the real deal,” and that “he’ll make a great governor for the Sunshine state.”

In announcing Casey DeSantis’ and Loudon’s appearances at the Broward Women’s Republican Club, the group’s Facebook event page said Mrs. DeSantis “is the secret weapon for the DeSantis campaign.” Her appearance at an event with the controversial far-right Loudon – who also spreads the debunked story that former President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. – was first reported this week by the Miami New Times.

Loudon also claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin organizes and finances anti-Trump protests. And his concern about communist infiltration and immigration includes a worry that Minnesota is “red,” according to a report he did on it for the Center for Security Policy, writing that “Minnesota’s Marxists and socialists have prepared the way for Islamization,” and “Minnesotans are in the middle of a last-ditch battle to save their state.”

The DeSantis campaign did not respond to a request for comment from the Phoenix about why Mrs. DeSantis chose to appear at an event with Loudon.

Ever since Ron DeSantis became the Florida Republican Party’s nominee for governor last month, DeSantis has been exposed for appearing at racially-charged events and taking campaign money from people who post racist content on social media, including a donor who posted “F—- MUSLIM N—-” about former President Barack Obama on Twitter, according to Politico.

DeSantis’ campaign manager told Politico that the donor’s language was “disgusting rhetoric.”

DeSantis made national news the morning after the Aug. 28 primary when he said on Fox News that people who vote for his opponent – African-American Democrat Andrew Gillum – could “monkey this up” for Florida. The comment was characterized as a “racist dog whistle” and was condemned by both political parties.

The Broward Women’s Republican Club is part of the Florida Federation of Republican Women. In announcing the appearances of Mrs. DeSantis and Loudon, the group noted on its Facebook page that “Trevor Loudon’s thesis is that what is commonly regarded as mainstream political policy, is in fact driven and guided by hidden subversive elements. The Democratic party’s consistent defunding of the US military, Obamacare, the Iran Nuclear Deal, normalization of relations with Cuba, Islamic refugee re-settlement, $15 minimum wage, fracking bans, pipeline shutdowns and the push for illegal alien amnesty are all consistent with far-left and Islamist agendas.”

The group then said its meeting would include campaign updates for DeSantis, U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Rick Scott and local GOP candidates.

In an interview published in the Tampa Bay Times Thursday, DeSantis was asked about his “associating with extremists if not outright racists,” and he said “It’s not true.” He said his political opponents are doing “a total hit job.”

“They got nothing on me,” he told the Times. “I have a public record of speeches and statements. They got nothing on me, so they’re trying to slime me with some type of guilt by association, which is kind of warmed over McCarthyism to try to further a narrative that’s not supported by the facts.”

Julie Hauserman
Julie Hauserman has been writing about Florida for more than 30 years. She is a former Capitol bureau reporter for the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times, and reported for The Stuart News and the Tallahassee Democrat. She was a national commentator for National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Sunday and The Splendid Table . She has won many awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work is featured in several Florida anthologies, including The Wild Heart of Florida , The Book of the Everglades , and Between Two Rivers . Her new book is Drawn to The Deep, a University Press of Florida biography of Florida cave diver and National Geographic explorer Wes Skiles.

4 COMMENTS

  1. DeSantis’s white supremacist associations and speaking engagements with David Horowitz speak for themselves! It is doubly shocking that someone who supposedly is a “lawyer” for the U. S. Naval Reserve would be active with a known hate group??? This does not add up! That a member of Congress would host a racist website, “Tea Party” where shocking hate posts can be found? Its clear why DeSantis did not run for another term! Unacceptable!

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