Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis finally corrected the record after numerous media outlets quoted him prematurely calling the car accident at the Wilton Manors, Fla. Pride parade a terrorist attack, saying the event ‚Äúterrorized me and all around me‚ÄĚ:
My statement following yesterday's events in Wilton Manors is below.
I want to thank our first responders for their efforts as police and medical personnel immediately attended to the scene. pic.twitter.com/lahwAQPO3C
‚ÄĒ Mayor Dean J. Trantalis (@DeanTrantalis) June 20, 2021
OMFG. So much of the wrong reporting in this story is because of HIM and this is the BS he says now? He‚Äôs saying it was a terror attack because he felt personally terrorized by it?
Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, where truck ran into crowd at Pride parade: ‚ÄúThis was a terrorist attack against the LGBTQ community. He came here to destroy people. This was clearly no accident.‚ÄĚ https://t.co/95mxmE8Siy
‚ÄĒ South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) June 20, 2021
And the ‚Äúterrorist attack‚ÄĚ narrative was born, and then repeated over and over again thanks to this hack:
‚ÄĒ Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) June 20, 2021
Note that Trantalis doesn‚Äôt take any responsibility for the narrative HE created:
‚ÄĒ Matt Karolian (@mkarolian) June 20, 2021
Nor does he apologize:
How about an apology to your constituents and some self-reflection about what it means to be a leader during a crisis? You failed miserably.
‚ÄĒ Alfred Spellman (@AlfredSpellman) June 20, 2021
This really is unacceptable:
‚ÄĒ Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 20, 2021
He‚Äôs going to have to do better than this:
This mayor saw a car accident and then made a public statement ‚ÄĒ with no evidence ‚ÄĒ that it was a terrorist attack. That is unacceptable for a public official. https://t.co/ICTGOScCYw
‚ÄĒ Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) June 20, 2021