Trump-loving Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a member of a white nationalist militia dedicated to creating a “white ethnostate” in Florida.
The Associated Press reports Cruz was a member of a white nationalist militia and participated in paramilitary drills with the militia in Tallahassee, Florida.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) spoke with Jordan Jereb, spokesman for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida, who confirmed that Cruz was a member of the white supremacist group:
BREAKING: Nikolas Cruz, alleged perpetrator in the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, was associated with white supremacist group Republic of Florida & participated in the group’s training exercises, according to the group’s leader. More info: https://t.co/eTCTx1fUdP
— ADL (@ADL_National) February 15, 2018
A spokesperson for the white supremacist group Republic of Florida (ROF) told the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 15, that Nikolas Cruz, the man charged with the previous day’s deadly shooting spree at a Parkland, Florida, high school, was associated with his group.
Nineteen-year-old Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and many more injured. He is currently being held without bond at the Broward County Jail.
Republic of Florida (ROF) leader Jordan Jereb said that Cruz had been “brought up” by another militia member, and “had participated in one or more ROF training exercises in the Tallahassee area, carpooling with other ROF members from south Florida.”
Jereb also insists that no one from the group encouraged or ordered Cruz to conduct the mass shooting. Jereb said he didn’t know Cruz personally, while declaring:
He acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did.
ADL offers some background on the Republic of Florida (ROF):
ROF has members in north and south Florida. The alt right white supremacist group borrows paramilitary concepts from the anti-government extremist militia movement … ROF describes itself as a “white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics” and seeks to create a “white ethnostate” in Florida. Most ROF members are young and the group itself is only a few years old.
Bottom line: Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz was a member of the Republic of Florida, a white nationalist militia dedicated to creating a “white ethnostate” in Florida.