FDP Mourns With Parkland on Third Anniversary of the Shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Three years ago today in an act of senseless violence 17 students and staff members were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As we commemorate this tragic day, the Florida Democratic Party remembers those taken from us, and mourns with the families who lost their loved ones and the Parkland Community.

Manny Diaz, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, released the following statement: 

“The world and the nation still reels from the 17 innocent lives cut short by senseless gun violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but nowhere more than in our state of Florida. The passage of time has done little to heal the heartbreak we felt upon hearing the shocking news three years ago today, nor dulled our sense of outrage at the lack of consequential legislative action from lawmakers since that horrible morning — laws that would prevent another Parkland from ever happening again. As we continue to mourn this tragedy and keep the families of those lost in our hearts, we must also honor the fallen with real action. We must recommit ourselves to ending the epidemic of gun violence in our country by pushing our leaders to pass common sense gun reforms that will allow us to build a safer America and a safer Florida. A nation and a state where parents do not have to fear sending their children to school, and communities are not scarred by the constant threat of gun violence.” 

43 Republican Senators including Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott declared open season on our democracy– says FDP Chair Manny Diaz following Trump impeachment vote

Florida — … 43 Republican Senators voted to acquit former President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection in the halls of our Capitol despite the abundance of damning evidence presented by the House impeachment managers. Notably, both Senator Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio were among the 43 Republican Senators who failed to protect our democracy and voted to acquit the former President.    

In response, Florida Democratic Party Chair Manny Diaz released the following statement:  

“Today, 43 Republican Senators including Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott declared open season on our democracy by voting to condone an insurrectionist attack on our government, an attack unquestionably incited by Donald Trump. In the face of clear, unblinking evidence of the attack on our Capitol that we all witnessed with our own eyes on January 6th, Rubio and Scott pledged loyalty to Trump above their duty to our country and the Constitutional oath they swore to uphold before God.  

“Make no mistake, today’s vote to acquit by Rubio and Scott set an extraordinarily dangerous precedent that is an existential threat to our country. Today Rubio and Scott gave future Presidents the green light to attack our democratic institutions, subvert the will of the voters, knowingly lie to the American people, stir their passions to commit violent insurrection and ultimately face no consequence for these authoritarian actions. Senators Rubio and Scott are now complicit in this attack on our government and we the people of Florida will hold them accountable.  

“Today I call on every Floridian, regardless of political affiliation, who is as outraged and disgusted by this vote as I am to join the Democratic Party. Help us to hold Senators Rubio and Scott accountable by working alongside us to vote them out of office, as they have proven themselves unworthy of our trust and are not fit to hold the sacred office they serve representing the residents of our great state.”

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