Clearly deeply moved, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis paid their respects at Pulse Wednesday on the third anniversary of the horrific massacre there.
The Governor then pledged full support for the planned Pulse Memorial and Museum.
The DeSantises arrived a couple of hours before the Pulse commemorative ceremonies were set to begin, toured the Pulse Interim Memorial with Pulse Owner Barbara Poma and several local officials, laid flowers, and expressed sorrow for the 49 people murdered there and 53 who were wounded on June 12, 2016.
They toured the long memory walls, which include hundreds of photographs depicting how the tragedy affected the community, and hundreds of tributes to individual victims. Along the way, Poma and Orange County Sheriff John Mina, who was Orlando Police Chief in 2016, told them the Pulse story, describing the scene of June 12, 2016, and the community’s response since.
“This ranks very near the top of the worst things that have ever happened to our state,” Ron DeSantis told Poma, Mina, and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who was sheriff in 2016.
They also met briefly with two Democratic lawmakers and others who’ve been battling