In his first major presentation as Florida House Speaker, Chris Sprowls delivered a thoughtful and inclusive speech.
Until he didn’t.
Yes, he addressed the divisive issue of defunding the police in a forthright, measured manner.
“There’s a very real chance when you talk about reimagining the police and what they’re actually doing, and how they interact with communities, it’s going to cost a lot of money in pilot programs, it’s going to cost a lot of money in training,” he said.
“There’s a very real possibility with the things that we’re talking about in our caucus are the exact opposite of defunding.”
He promised to listen to any member “who wants to have an honest, thoughtful, fact-based conversation” on that topic.
So far, so good.
Ah, but rats. He couldn’t resist jabbing a familiar Republican punching bag – the media.
“The very word patriotism does seem to cause some in the media and all of woke Twitter to swarm like locusts,” he said.
“In their funhouse mirror universe, they see even the most innocuous expression of patriotism as something dark and sinister. They equate patriotism with White nationalism. But patriotism is a rejection of White