Gov. Rick Scott has released another broadside in his back-and-forth with civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, in response to Jackson calling Florida "the Selma of our time" and comparing Scott to former Alabama Gov. -- and legendary segregationist -- George Wallace.
Jackson had denounced Florida, its "Stand Your Ground" law and its treatment of minorities during appearances with the Dream Defenders, who are holding a Capitol sit-in to demand that Scott call a special session to reverse the shoot-first law that was initially invoked by George Simmerman to justify his shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
On Wednesday, Scott demanded an apology, but Jackson said he'd prefer a private conversation with the governor. On Thursday, Scott made clear that's not going to happen.
“It’s disappointing that Jesse Jackson refused to apologize yesterday for his insulting and inflammatory comments about Floridians," Scott said in a statement. "Instead, he doubled down on his divisive and reckless remarks. Without an official, public apology from Jesse Jackson to the people of Florida, any conversation would only reward him for making - and then doubling down - on his irresponsible insults.”