On Saturday, a pick-up truck driver plowed into the sidewalk during a gay pride event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The driver of the truck wound up killing a bystander, as well as injuring another who is currently in the hospital. Without evidence, the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale told the media that this was an act of terror.
However, it looks like he was completely wrong. It’s now being reported that the driver of the vehicle was allegedly a member of the gay chorus group singing at the event on Saturday. Still, leftists on Twitter couldn’t wait to blast the instance as an act of egregious homophobia.
“This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community,” Mayor Dean Trantalis told Local 10 News. “This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people.”
Here’s a video of the mayor making this baseless claim:
— Marcine Joseph (@MJ_Reports) June 20, 2021
But, according to local media, the suspect in the crash apparently “was wearing a Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus t-shirt” when taken into custody.
To that extent, “Justin Knight, the chorus’ president,” confirmed that “chorus members were the ones injured and that the driver was ‘part of the Chorus family.'”
Local10.com reports that Knight said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started.”
“Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver was also a part of the Chorus family. To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community,” Knight continued. “We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.” (emphasis mine)
Regardless of the truth, the left could not wait to blame this incident on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. #DeathSantis began trending on Twitter as soon as word got out.
As National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam pointed out, the misinformation is still being spread on twitter.
A gay, drunk driver at a Pride parade ran over fellow attendees and everyone on the left jumped to call it a TERROR ATTACK.
Turns out it was an accident, but Twitter won’t stop misinformation from trending. https://t.co/NPvzB4c2O6
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) June 20, 2021
In their desperation to make a political point, the left didn’t even stop to consider the loss of life that had just occurred and the trauma for the families involved. Likewise, because the mayor of Fort Lauderdale lied and it spread on Twitter, thousands of people believe there was a terrorist attack yesterday in Florida. But it was most likely just an unfortunate accident.
It’s just awful all around.