The Broward Democrat elected officials who gathered in Pembroke Pines to rally for Cuban Freedom were not happy when one resident tried to exercise his First Amendment rights. Sure, Broward Mayor Steve Geller, Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis, County Commissioner Dale Holness held signs calling for “Democracy in Cuba,” but Geller and Ortis would have made the Castro brothers proud by their reactions when one resident interrupted the photo opportunity.
The Broward resident dared to ask Mayor Geller if mask mandates and arrests of residents violating COVID-19 protocols were reminiscent of communism. While any politician should be able to explain the differences, Geller, Ortis and their taxpayer funded aides tried to silence the resident.
Geller’s controversial aide Bina Fink and her associates desperately tried to block access to the Mayor.
Ortis and his allies tried to get Pembroke Police to intervene. The video shows police declined. Unlike Ortis, his officers were well aware that a resident recording politicians on public property is protected by the First Amendment.
When their attempts to silence the resident failed, Geller sought safety inside the Pembroke Pines government center. On his way inside, Geller told the resident, “I think you’re a jerk.”
The resident had the final word. He called Geller a “tyrant.”
Earlier, Geller held a sign which read “Democrats For Democracy In Cuba.” Guess he’s undecided about “Democracy in Broward.”
For our Margate readers, the Cuban people are risking arrest by taking to the streets to protest the tactics of their Communist leaders. These Broward Democrats were supposed to be showing unity with the Cuban people. Instead, men like Steve Geller and Frank Ortis did their best imitation a of Cuban politicians.
Some would call them hypocrites.
Even worse, elected officials stood by in silence as Geller and Ortis attacked a protestor at a Cuban Fredom rally.
Officials elected to city government, County government, the Broward School Board and even the State Legislature did nothing as a Geller and Ortis tried to get police to silence a man with a camera shouting questions at a Cuban freedom rally.
Shame on you.