Last week, the U.S. Senate united in a rare display of bipartisanship to protect gay marriage. Florida, however, was an outlier state where both senators voted against the measure. A few days later, people carrying Nazi flags gathered outside a charity drag show fundraiser in Lakeland with messages that said “Drag queens are pedophiles” and “Warning: Child grooming in process.” All this set against a spike in extremism and antisemitism in Florida. None of this is by accident. Florida has very intentionally become ground zero in a national effort to bring back bigotry. It has been half a centur…

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