The Graham campaign told the Tampa Bay Times that Graham was “comparing the wasps swarming outside to the infestation of special interests in the Capitol.”
Days after a state-wide poll found Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham a clear front runner, Graham made comments hostile towards whites before the state media on Thursday.
Straying from prepared remarks at the state capital, Ms. Graham referred to insects (wasps) buzzing in the room and decided to make the connection to the acronym WASP – which stands for White Anglo Saxon Protestants.
Graham said, “you think the wasps are symbolic of something here in this building? Cause it’s a concern. We need to get rid of all the wasps. We need to get rid of all the wasps…human and otherwise.”
The Tampa Bay Times (TBT) wrote, “Presumably the joke was about WASPS, as in White Anglo Saxon Protestants (like herself and unlike three of her current or prospective Democratic rivals, African-American Andrew Gillum, Jewish Philip Levine, and Catholic John Morgan).
These comments come as some in the Democratic Party continue to demonstrate an open disregard for whites.
Earlier this year the Florida Democratic Party hired as its new President, Sally Boynton Brown, a woman who made headlines for stating that, as chair of the Idaho Democratic Party, ” My job is to shut other white people down when they want to say, ‘Oh no I’m not prejudiced, I’m a Democrat, I’m accepting.’ ”
Also, more recently, noted left leaning political commentator Chris Matthews, when discussing the next presidential race stated, “I think whoever the Democratic candidate is next time, it’s got to be somebody who hasn’t discarded the white working class.”
Surprisingly, the Florida’s state-wide media has all but ignored Graham’s comments.
This is in stark contrast to the attention given by the mainstream media to the Steve Southerland male only fundraiser incident that made news during the Southerland-Graham congressional race in 2014, which Graham won.
The popular statewide SaintpetersBlog, published a story in 2014 by Peter Schorsch about the incident under the title, “Loser of the Week: Steve Southerland’s He-Man Women Haters Club fundraiser.”
In addition, the 2014 incident was covered by Politico.com, TheHill.com, TheHuffingtonPost, USA Today and the Tallahassee Democrat.