HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Monday, June 10, 2019

'Support rally' planned for Florida Rep. Mike Hill, who laughed at jokes about murdering gay people

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 at 1:34 PM

click to enlarge Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola - PHOTO VIA FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WEBSITE
  • photo via Florida House of Representatives website
  • Rep. Mike Hill, R-Pensacola
State Rep. Mike Hill, a Florida Republican one step away from placing his career on a wooden barge, pushing it out into the ocean and lighting it on fire with a flaming arrow, plans to hold a “support rally” this week in front of the newspaper that released an audio recording of him laughing at the idea of killing gay people.

Over the weekend an Eventbrite page was created for “Mike Hill Rally for Support,” that plans to meet on Saturday, June 15, in front of the Pensacola News-Journal, which they refer to as the “Fake News Headquarters.”



“Tired of the fake news media sensationalism? Yes? Join us as we show support for their latest victim. We are tired of their propaganda!” says the event, which also shows a picture of News-Journal columnist Andy Marlette, who first reported on Hill’s controversial audio recording.

It’s worth noting that the group that created the event, “Supporters of Mike Hill who are against Fake News,” has no history of any other events on Eventbrite or anywhere else, and is clearly a real group of real people and not just Mike alone in his office yell-typing into his iPad.

Hill, who represents Florida’s District 1, has since promoted the event to his followers on Twitter and Facebook. Details on this event are scarce and it’s unclear exactly who will show up for this. But considering Hill’s district also elected congressman Matt “It’s not funny to throw milkshakes at me” Gaetz, anything is possible.

As of now, it’s unclear exactly what the purpose of this rally is, other than attacking the newspaper that did their job and supporting Hill’s right to joke, laugh and further marginalize a historically marginalized community.

However, this is just the latest serving in a seemingly never ending, all-you-can-eat bigot buffet for Hill. Last week, after both Democratic and Republican leaders pressured Hill to apologize, the lawmaker issued an “apology,” not for his callous reaction to laughing at murdering gay people, but rather for his tone and not correcting a man’s lack of Bible knowledge.

Since then, Democratic leaders including State Sen. Janet Cruz and Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, who is openly gay, have called for Hill to resign, which has caused the Republican to block any and all critics on Twitter. So far, Hill’s ongoing and unconstitutional block list includes members of the media, civil rights groups, colleagues, and a Pulse survivor.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 25, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation