In a self-perceived hate group on Facebook, the brother of the Miami-Dade County mayoral candidate belittled the Black Lives Matter movement and supported locking up and loading for the “civil war”.
Enrique Bovo – who also goes alongside Henry – is the younger brother of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo, who is running for county mayor against fellow commissioner Danielle Levine Cava in the November run-off election. Esteban Bovo presents himself as a conservative candidate for mayor and has joined President Donald Trump.
Until recently, Enrique Bovo was the administrator of a public Facebook group called “blm hate group”. He described the site’s description as a “non-racial group of hatred against blm”.
In the group, Enrique Bovo posted various photos belittling Trump’s opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Biden’s vice presidential election, Senator Kamala Harris, including one image that labeled Harris as a “high-profile girl.” He also commented in support of announcements that spoke of arming citizens for the war against the Black Lives Matter and Antife.
When contacted by phone, Enrique Bovo agreed to answer questions about his participation in the group after commenting. New Times “He writes nonsense anyway.”
The Facebook group was founded on August 30 and has about twenty members. Enrique Bovo says a friend who started it gave him administrative powers.
“They sent me messages saying I couldn’t be a part of it and they appointed me administrator,” he says. “I do not believe in what [Black Lives Matter] stands for. The destruction of our country is not a protest. “
Asked if he was also against Black Lives Matter’s call for racial equality, Enrique Bovo replied that he was not a racist.
“I’m far from a racist. I don’t see color, I see individuals. I see individuals fighting for the same thing we’re all fighting for,” he says.
After talking with New Times on Thursday night, Enrique Bovo left the Facebook group.
The founder of the group, an employee of the Tallahassee delicatessen, is still active and publishes almost every day.
“When we go to civil war against blm and antifa, we will all fight and fight,” the founder wrote in one post.
In comments, another member of the group said it was “locked and loaded,” to which the founder replied that he only had a knife.
Further in the chain of comments, Enrique Bovo wrote, “Damn, fuck them,” and posted a picture of actor John Wayne in a military uniform with the caption, “In my day, you were pro-American or comic.”
Facebook policies ban content that organizes “violence in reality”.
The commissioner’s brother says he does not own a gun and does not believe in violence.
“I’m a conservative, I like my freedom and I’m for the police,” he says.
Enrique Bovo says his brother probably doesn’t know about his participation in the “hate group towards blm” and that the mayoral candidate has nothing to do with his functions. But from the announcements in the group, it is clear that Enrique Bovo wanted others to know that his brother was in power.
On August 31, Enrique Bovo posted a photo of his brother with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez and other county officials who met with Trump in Miami International Airport in July.
“My brother is running for mayor of Miami-Dade County, here he welcomes our commander and chief [sic] in Miami, “the caption read.
New Times he contacted Esteban Bov’s campaign office for comment on his brother’s posts, but received no response.