A Youtube video of Florida Gov. Rick Scott being confronted in a Starbucks was posted last week, and has since gone viral with over 2 million views. Scott then followed up a few days later with an online ad in response to the confrontation.



Cara Jennings, an angered customer at a Starbucks in Gainesville, was documented yelling and scolding Scott on his policy issues. Jennings strongly criticised him on his views of legislation regulating abortion providers and his opposition of Medicaid expansion in Florida. Jennings voices, “You cut Medicaid, so I couldn’t get Obamacare — you don’t care about working people.”  To which Scott responds with, “I’ve created a million jobs.” Jennings continues to criticise the governor stating, “You’ve stripped women of access to public health care. We depend on those services.” Eventually running him out of the Starbucks speechless, Jennings shouts, “Shame on you Rick Scott,” as he leaves.


The response video made by Scott’s political committee is titled, “Latte Liberal Gets an Earful.” The video directly calls out Jennings by calling her an unpatriotic anarchist and saying that she “clearly has a problem.”  The narrator also states, “Almost everybody [has a great job] except those who are sitting around coffee shops, demanding public assistance, surfing the internet and cursing at customers.”


However, the claims made by Jennings were accurate and justified. Scott is, in fact, against Medicaid and does not plan to expand it in Florida. He also signed a bill last month, taking away public funding of Planned Parenthood. The only argument he made against Jennings was that he had created millions of jobs, though the truth is that the job creation can’t be attributed to Scott in any way. These jobs were expected in Florida, no matter who became governor.


Scott’s committee gave a statement to ABC News, “A self proclaimed anarchist rudely yelled and cursed at the governor. It’s a free country, but it’s not at all surprising that an anarchist doesn’t like government leaders and prefers shouting over conversation.” Jennings stated to ABC News that her confrontation wasn’t taken too far, because his actions directly affect her.


What do you think of Scott’s response video? Was Jennings right to confront Scott the way that she did? Leave a comment below or tweet me @julimiller97