Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams with Rep. Maxwell Frost

Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams with Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) during a show in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 2, 2023.

(Photo: via Maxwell Frost/@MaxwellFrostFL/Twitter)

Maxwell Frost Had One Word for Both Ron DeSantis and Fascism. It Began With "F"

The freshman Democratic congressman offered a concise political rebuke of his fellow Floridian during a rock concert Friday night.

Freshman Democratic Congressman Maxwell Frost of Florida was given an opportunity to speak to the crowd attending the Paramore concert in Washington, D.C. on Friday night and he offered just one word to Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and the fascist policies he has pushed as the governor of the Sunshine State.

"Fuck Ron DeSantis! Fuck fascism!" said Frost when handed the microphone by lead vocalist Halyey Williams during the show at the Capitol One Center.

Frost, currently the youngest member of Congress at 26-years-old, has been an outspoken critic of DeSantis for his attacks on public education, a relentless targeting of the LGBTQI+ community, book banning, and his regressive economic policies.

"I said what I said," Maxwell tweeted later in the night. The congressman also responded to right-wing critics who denounced him for using the harsh word as he brushed off any concerns.

In March, Frost said it was important to call DeSantis out for what he is. "He is abusing his power and using the state to target political opponents and political enemies," Frost said. "And there’s a word for that, and it's fascism, and we have to be honest about it."

Frost, a musician himself, performed and danced with the Tennessee-based band during Friday night's show to loud applause from the youthful audience.

"Do you see this?" Williams asked the crowd after the lawmaker's remarks. "Do you see the future right here?"

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