Jordan Jereb, the leader of the Republic of Florida (ROF) group told the media that Nikolas Cruz, who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday, had participated in their paramilitary drills in Tallahassee. Jereb said Cruz “acted on his own behalf of what he just did and he’s solely responsible for what he just did.”
Now, Jereb says it was a misunderstanding, and that Cruz was never involved in his white nationalist group at all.
“Those of you calling me a ‘Fake white nationalist’ Go f*** yourselves. There was a legit misunderstanding because we have MULTIPLE people named Nicholas in ROF,” Jereb posted on the social media site, Gab. “And I got a bunch of conflicting information, and I have not slept for like two days, and so when ((( They ))) call me up and ask me yes or no questions, it’s easy for them to misrepresent what I say. Are you really going to blame ME for the lying J** media? We know they are liars. F*** em.”
Social media users pounced on this, some saying Jereb needed to go to jail for his stupidity and for being a liability.
“Your excuse was you were tired? You told the ADL a school shooter was a member of your group because you were tired? Really?” one poster scoffed. “That’s what you’re going with. The stupid is legendary.”
“ROF is a leaderless cell structure. There are multiple cells all over the state of Florida that communicate only on a need to know basis. So this isn’t a question I am capable of answering,” Jereb responded. “A bunch of people, well meaning, or perhaps trolls, TOLD ME Nikolas Cruz was in a member of a south Florida cell. I was TOLD this.”
Initial reports from Tallahassee Law enforcement appear to support Jereb’s second claim, that Nikolas Cruz was not connected to ROF. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office said they had solid information, and Lieutenant Grady Jordan told AP there was “no known ties” they had to connect Cruz with ROF.