Hankerson Addresses SATP Meeting
Derek Hankerson addressed the Saint Augustine Tea Party at the General Meeting on February 12, 2013, at the Village Inn. Mr. Hankerson is well known in conservative circles. Derek was program manager for WFOY, worked for Americans for Prosperity, and has been nominated by the current Chair of the Putnam County Tea Party as his replacement.
Mr. Hankerson’s enthusiasm created a fiery presentation. Derek thanked the SATP repeatedly for welcoming him in "with open arms". Derek has been a Republican since the Reagan days and mentioned his days working with Lee Atwater in D.C.
Yet, he indicated that, "It was the Tea Party and other Conservatives who have made 'diversity' alive and not the Republican Party." Derek was particularly incensed about Karl Rove's plan to develop a political PAC to war against the Tea Party candidates running for seats in the Republican Party.
Derek sees the Rove people doing the same thing that the St. Augustine Record's Editorial did, on Saturday, Feb 9, 2013, where it beat up on Tea Party patriots dressed as "George Washington and Benjamin Franklin", where 'character clothing' is common place. He added that the newspaper talks out of both sides of its mouth. On one hand, the Record reported that recently Ron DeSantis talked in Palatka and that the place was packed with Tea Partiers. They also reported that Marco Rubio and Rand Paul (both Tea Partiers), were, that night, responding to a National audience. Yet, the Record’s editorial says the Tea Party is dead?
Both the Republicans and Democrats, along with the Press continue to beat up on the Tea Party Movement, where 'true diversity' exists, according to Mr. Derek Hankerson. "No, I am not an angry black man. I am a highly passionate black man," Hankerson said.
Hankerson reiterated that so called 'civil rights' existed in Florida long before the Civil War. Derek said that Florida has a 500 year history of Minorcans, Greeks, West Indians, Africans and Whites living together. And that the "underground railroad" didn't run North but, rather, it ran South to Florida. As for Karl Rove and his expanded attack on the Tea Party, “He (Rove) can do anything he wants, but DON'T come to Florida."