Florida Republican Who Fiercely Attacked Muslims Complains That Being Compared To the Sopranos Is A ‘Hate Crime’
Anthony DeFillipo, a North Miami Beach commissioner, is now accusing a union of a “hate crime” for comparing him to the Sopranos. DeFillipo’s accusations come less than two years after he was caught spreading anti-Muslim hate on Facebook.
According to The Miami Herald, DeFillipo is now suing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union for libel to the tune of $2 million.
“We denounce these defamatory and offensive attacks against these candidates,” AFSCME representative Jacqui Carmona told the Herald last week.
The mailer claims attacked DeFillipo other City Commission candidates as members of “Tony ‘Soprano’ Defilippo’s crime family.”
“This is a hate crime,” the candidate said. “This is an ethnic slur. This is no different than if any other ethnicity was attacked.”
“We are going to leave no stone unturned for the people responsible for this,” DeFillipo’s lawyer Michael Pizzi told the Herald. “They’ve attacked a culture. They’ve attacked an ethnicity. And they’ve attacked a family.”
What’s quite ironic is DeFillipo himself has been guilty of spreading racist lies on social media.
In April 2017, the Miami New Times reported that DeFillipo publicly shared a fake news story lauding Donald Trump and his Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch for “blocking” Islam in public schools.
“Here comes the sun!” the commissioner wrote. “America grew balls again!”
DeFillipo doubled down in the comments of the since-deleted post.
“We should [sic] be teaching any religions in this country besides standard Judeo-Christianity, as our founders wanted, and we certainly shouldn’t be filling the children with lies about Islam being a ‘religion of peace’ when they see the carnage on the news almost every day,” he wrote, quoting a made-up statement made by Gorsuch.