Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott will release an ad Monday slamming the riots and violence in the U.S., saying he’s “mad” that rioters are burning down businesses and attacking police officers.
In the advertisement first obtained by the Daily Caller, Scott names a number of famous leaders who led protests in peaceful ways, saying the riots that are going on throughout the country should anger all Americans and saying rioting and looting is not the way to achieve real change.
“I’m not one of those hothead politicians who yell all the time and bang the table to get attention, so what I’m going to tell you is a bit out of character for me, but I’m going to say it anyway. I am really mad. I’m mad that protesters think they can burn businesses and property of hard-working Americans,” Scott says in the ad. “No one has a right to destroy jobs and property. I am mad when so-called peaceful protesters disrespect and attack our men and women of law enforcement.”
“I am mad when I hear protesters chant ‘we hope they die’ after two police officers were ambushed and shot in the face in Los Angeles. I am mad that protesters are barging into restaurants and demanding we support their political views. How dare they hurt struggling businesses and terrorize senior citizens? It’s ugly, shameful behavior,” Scott continued.
Scott went on to explain that civil rights leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King never spoke about rioting, burning down business, or killing police officers. Scott said rioters are destroying the U.S.
“I thank God I grew up in this country, and no, America is not racist. You know after being wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years, Nelson Mandela didn’t try to burn down South Africa. He spent his life focused on making it better. Martin Luther King never talked about burning buildings, looting businesses, or killing police,” he said. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘We Won, He Lost’: Rick Scott Goes Off On Andrew Cuomo Over State Bailouts)
“Mandela and King tried to bring people together, knowing life is often unfair and unjust. They sought to promote fairness and advance the cause or morality and justice. But today’s radical left protesters are immoral and unjust. They want to defund our police and destroy our country. We must save America, there is no plan B,” Scott added.
The ad will be run online and was a five-figure ad buy.