(Editor’s note: This is part of our continuing series for the presidential candidates for the 2024 election.)
Consistently in the polls, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis comes in a distant second to former President Donald Trump. DeSantis has had millions spent against him by Donald Trump, and he is also vilified by the Democrats and the media.
He is called “DeSanctimonious” by Trump and is his top target to destroy at Trump rallies and in media interviews.
DeSantis was one of the governors that opened their state from the Covid lockdowns and publicly regretted and apologized for going along with the Trump administration for 60 days.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has been DeSantis’ top public critic.
Who is DeSantis?
Republican politician Ron DeSantis was elected Governor of Florida in 2019.
Previously he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013–18.
DeSantis studied law at Harvard University. He later joined the U.S. Navy in 2004 and became an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). His service included a stint at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
His commendations include a Bronze Star for meritorious service.
In 2010 DeSantis left active duty but remained in the U.S. Navy Reserves. That year he also married Casey Black, a TV reporter, and local news anchor. The couple have 3 children.
DeSantis has positioned himself as the “likable” Trump alternative who will be the Republican’s woke warrior, fighting back against the radical socialist ideology and agenda.
During a recent speech, he gave examples of how he’s been fighting Disney, one of the most prominent purveyors of woke culture.
Disney and DeSantis have been battling ever since the Governor signed parental rights legislation. Disney publicly opposed the legislation and vilified DeSantis.
This prompted DeSantis to approve legislation ending Disney’s control over the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
During his speech, DeSantis said:
“Truth is enduring, they can cover it up, hide it, they can try to distort it, but at the end of the day, eventually, the lies and deceit fade away and truth is what remains. I believe that the truth will set us free. Now, this advent of woke ideology really represents a challenge to this. I think it’s a war on truth and because it’s a war on truth, we must wage a war on woke.”
DeSantis went on to talk about the trans movement that’s been taking over our schools.
“It is wrong for a teacher to instruct a student that they were born in the wrong body or that their gender is a choice. We should not have transgender ideology in our schools and in Florida, we have eliminated it, it’s not there, and if that means we had to stand up to a company like Disney, here I stand, I’m not backing down from that. I’m standing for the parents and the students of the state of Florida, and we are doing what is right,” DeSantis said.
To hear DeSantis’ full Iowa speech: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Speaks at Iowa Fundraiser
To see DeSantis Ad [Ron DeSantis Announces 2024 Presidential Bid]
To see DeSantis Video [Campaigning in Oklahoma]: Florida Held the Line