By Katelyn Caralle, US Political Reporter for Dailymail.com
16:49 May 26, 2023, updated 17:40 May 26, 2023
Ron DeSantis contrasts his education-related policies in Florida with those of other jurisdictions, saying that liberal enclaves have more crime than educational excellence.
The Florida governor, in his first remarks since announcing his 2024 presidential campaign, said children are more likely to get shot than get a good education in Chicago and spoke out against “injecting gender ideology into school primary”.
He also blasted critics who claim he has enacted a book ban in Florida, saying it is a “hoax” concocted by liberals.
The 2024 candidate praised his policies that allow for curriculum transparency so parents can challenge what is taught or distributed to their children in Florida public schools.
“Part of parental rights means that you have the right as a parent to have transparency in the curriculum, you have the right to know what is being taught in your child’s school,” DeSantis said. “And if there is material that is inappropriate due to age or violates Florida standards, you have the right to report it now.”
DeSantis criticized those who want to keep what he says are “pornographic” books in schools where children might see age-inappropriate content.
He also praised his policies that ended closures and resumed in-person classes earlier than other states, crediting Florida’s educational excellence compared to more liberal states.
“Nobody wants to admit that they wanted to keep kids out of school for a year and a half because they’ve seen the results,” DeSantis told an audience of homeschooling parents. “From 2020 to 2022, people have completely disappeared from some of these urban school districts across the country.”
‘Chicago: 25,000 fewer students than in 2020; Los Angeles: 43,000 fewer students than in 2020; New York: 50,000 fewer students than in 2020. In Florida, our school enrollment has increased.”
“You think about a place like Chicago, these kids: You’re more likely to get shot than get a world-class education in some of these places,” he added.
DeSantis is engaging in more scathing rhetoric now that he is a presidential candidate and will finally face off against Donald Trump in the days after he formally enters the 2024 Republican presidential primary race.
For months, the Florida governor avoided attacking the former president despite a barrage of attacks on him from the Trump side, but he’s not holding back anymore.
scathing comments against the man whose endorsement he once sought.
Speaking with Tennessee conservative radio host Matt Murphy, DeSantis asserted that Trump “is a different guy today” than he was when he ran for president in 2016.
He also insisted that the Trump campaign continues to show more signs of leaning to the left rather than sticking to conservative values, something he vows not to do as a candidate or as president.
Following the delayed and flawed announcement of the Governor’s Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk, DeSantis has turned to more traditional media sources as part of his post-campaign launch media glitz, such as radio.
Within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy, DeSantis’s campaign raised $8.2 million, dwarfing the $6.3 million Joe Biden raised within 24 hours of announcing his candidacy in 2019.
Donald Trump raised $9.5 million in the six weeks since the mid-November announcement of his 2024 campaign, which DeSantis is on pace to top.
“It seems like he’s running to the left and I’ve always been someone who has stuck to conservative principles,” DeSantis told Murphy. ‘So these are going to be interesting debates, but I can tell you that you don’t win nationally by moving to the left, you win nationally by advocating for bold policy. We demonstrated it in Florida. I never diluted anything I did.
‘I don’t know what happened to Donald Trump; This is a different guy today than when he ran in 2015 and 2016 and I think the direction he’s going with his campaign is the wrong direction,” DeSantis said.
He also said in a separate interview that the COVID-19 policies of Trump’s early days “destroyed the lives of millions of people.”
“When you handed the country over to Fauci in March of 2020, that destroyed the lives of millions of people,” DeSantis said, referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
On Fox News, DeSantis said that among his first-day priorities as president would be firing FBI Director Christopher Wray, Trump’s handpicked.
In a Newsmax interview on Thursday, DeSantis even alleged that Trump leans to the left when it comes to immigration, despite many critics saying the former president was too harsh on illegal immigrants.
“I think some of the things that he’s been attacking me for have surprised me a little bit because he’s attacking me from the left, and that really wasn’t the Donald Trump of 2015 and 2016,” DeSantis told Eric Bolling.
“He was a hard charger, leaning on all issues, very nervous on conservative issues, and that was part of the reason he did so well,” the governor added.
“He is also criticizing me for voting against immigration amnesty,” DeSantis lamented. ‘There was Goodlatte to bill in 2018, and he said that’s similar to voting against the wall. But that bill was a 2 million person amnesty for illegal aliens, too little money for any border security. All conservatives opposed it. He supported him as president, which many of us were upset about.
‘But hitting me for taking the America First position, I think is a bit strange. I’m not sure what his strategy is, but I think he’s taking positions that are a little different than four or five years ago.”
In particular, the Florida governor is arguing that he will better deliver on the promises Trump made and failed to deliver in his one presidential term.
“At the end of the day,” DeSantis told Murphy when discussing Trump, “he’s going left on a lot of the fiscal side, he’s going left on the culture, he’s even sided with Disney.” against me”.
After his official entry into the 2024 race for the White House, DeSantis will hit the road next week in a three-state campaign twist from the early primary contest of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
It’s unclear if his wife and Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis will join him for the swing.
Casey, a former television reporter, cancer survivor, and mother of three, is largely seen as the driving force behind her husband’s rise on the national political scene.
Despite unloading on Trump on Thursday, DeSantis also hinted that, as president, he would consider pardoning Trump if he is charged with a crime related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
“On the 1st I will have people come together and look at all these cases where people are victims of guns or political attacks and they are going to be aggressive in granting pardons,” DeSantis told The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show when asked about forgive people. charged in connection with the January 6 assault.
“We see that in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned,” DeSantis said. “Some of it is the FBI going after parents who go to school board meetings, some of it is how they treat a pro-life protester, how they don’t go after people who attack pro-lifers.”
DeSantis was then asked if he would also consider pardoning Trump if he is impeached.
“I would say that an example of unfavorable treatment based on politics or the use of weapons, no matter how small or large, would be included in that review,” he replied.