TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida's Governor and Republican party leader calling for Reverend Jesse Jackson to apologize for making some controversial comments earlier this week about the state of Florida.
Jackson, who has been with protesters camped out in front of the Florida Capitol, called Florida an "apartheid state" and "the Selma [Alabama] of our time. He even compared Governor Scott to then-Alabama governor George Wallace.
Scott said in a statement that the comments were reckless and divisive. Florida GOP chair Lenny Curry says while his comments were disgraceful and ill-informed, they weren't surprising.
"The real surprise is that the Florida Democratic party and the national Democratic party haven't denounced his comments."
He brought up Jackson infamously calling Jews "Hymie" and New York city "Hymietown" as a Democratic presidential candidate in 1984.
"So he rolls into Florida, he takes cheap shots at Floridians, a cheap shot at the governor, hits below the belt," says Curry.
Jackson defended his remarks in an interview with the AP Wednesday, citing state voter laws and incarceration rate of blacks as "apartheid-like conditions."