Florida Governor Ron DeSantis introduced a piece of legislation on Monday that would make it legal for motorists to run over protesters if a driver is “fleeing” from a “mob.”

Newsweek reports:

“DeSantis included the provision as part of a new law dubbed the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Protecting Law Enforcement Act. One part of the law aims to criminalize certain protests occurring on roads, creating a third-degree felony for those who ‘obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.'”

During a press conference, DeSantis declared that the law was necessary to keep roadways clear of protesters or other obstructions to travel:

“[The law will] require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways. We see people take over interstates. That is absolutely hazardous. It’s not fair to motorists who get caught up in that, so that will be unacceptable.”

In other words, if you protest and block traffic, you would be committing a felony under the new law, but the person who decides to run over you wouldn’t be charged with murder or even manslaughter for taking another person’s life. Apparently, the governor thinks roads are more valuable than human lives.

It should be noted that DeSantis’ legislation conveniently fails to define what exactly constitutes a “mob.”

Florida House Minority Leader Evan Jenne accused DeSantis of introducing the bill to bolster the flagging political fortunes of President Donald Trump in the Sunshine State:

“Most of this stuff is already illegal, he is just Hell bent on silencing any voice of opposition. None of this is about policy… It’s about buoying President Trump, who has slipped precipitously in the polls. It’s dog-whistle base stuff.”

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