Democrat Governor Attacks DeSantis

( – The Democrat Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, attacked Florida’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, calling him “homophobic” and “racist.”

Pritzker’s comments came ahead of DeSantis’s appearance at Monday’s event of Chicago’s police union, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

FOP’s Chapter 7 promoted the “Law and Order Illinois” event featuring DeSantis as a speaker.

The speech in Elmhurst, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, was part of DeSantis’s pro-police tour in Democrat-run communities struggling with violent crime. His trips also had stops in New York City and Philadelphia.

DeSantis has been working on setting Florida apart as a state of “law and order” at a time when blue states have been defunding the police, Breitbart News commented.

It added that, since he became governor in 2019, DeSantis boosted efforts to recruit police officers, including which bonuses, signed “anti-riot” legislation, and tackled “woke prosecutors” who refused to enforce the law, thus enabling crime.

Before DeSantis visited Chicago, however, his Illinois counterpart attacked him as someone who did not belong in the blue state.

“He (DeSantis) doesn’t represent the values of the people in Illinois,” Pritzker stated.

“In fact, he is the antithesis of that. He’s demonstrated that he’s homophobic, that he has tendencies to promote racism,” the Democrat governor argued.

The report noted the specifics of Pritzker’s homophobia and racism accusations against DeSantis remained unclear.

The Illinois governor may have had in mind his counterpart’s legislation to make sure Florida’s schools aren’t used to push “the transgender agenda and gender ideology” as well as “woke history” and “critical race theory” on children.

In his comments ahead of Desantis’s visit, Pritzker urged one of the leading candidates to become mayor of Chicago, Paul Vallas, also a Democrat, to condemn the FOP for hosting Florida’s governor.

Vallas’s chances of unseating Chicago’s far-left mayor, Lori Lightfoot, in the February 28 municipal election have been boosted by the police union’s endorsement. Nevertheless, Vallas heeded Pritzker’s request and denounced DeSantis as a “right-wing extremist.”

“DeSantis’ record of trying to erase the LGBTQ community, banning books on Black history and much more is not in line with my values, the values of our community, or the values of the rank and file police officers who I believe have no interest in getting swept up in culture wars and national Republican Party politics,” Vallas said.

Another leading Democrat rival of Chicago’s mayor Lightfoot, Chuy Garcia, attached Florida’s Governor with even stronger language, calling him a “dangerous and xenophobic authoritarian to our state.”

“In Florida, Ron DeSantis has banned books, pushed a homophobic and anti-trans agenda, and questioned the integrity of our elections,” Garcia declared.

Chicago has been struggling with growing violent crime, and at least 11 people got shot in the city over the weekend.