After delivering a powerful Memorial Day message on sacrifice, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis separately offered up a promise on what his presidency would mean for “woke ideology.”
“I will be able to destroy leftism in this country…”
(Video: Fox News)
Having officially entered the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, DeSantis juggled his roles as executive and candidate from Jacksonville, Florida by first honoring fallen U.S. military service members. Shortly thereafter, he joined “Fox & Friends” where he addressed “why right now” was the time to make a bid for White House.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps bomb technician Joey Jones presented the question about DeSantis’ candidacy to which the governor replied, “Everyone knows if I’m the nominee, I will beat Biden, and I will serve two terms, and I will be able to destroy leftism in this country and leave woke ideology on the dustbin of history.”
“At the end of the day, I’ve shown in Florida the ability to win huge swaths of voters that Republicans typically can’t win while also delivering the boldest agenda anywhere in the country,” he continued with a nod to his record in the Sunshine State.
“I think there’s a reason why the legacy media’s attacking me more than they’re attacking anybody else,” he went on, “because I think they realize that if I’m successful in winning the Republican nomination we’re gonna bring it home in the general election and I’ve pledged to Republican voters…if you nominate me I will be taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2025, on the west side of the Capitol.”
The governor also addressed the state of the military compared to his time serving in the U.S. Navy that connected to the same cultural rotgut he has endeavored to cleanse Florida of.
DeSantis vowed there would be “very big changes in the services” on “day one” if he is elected president, adding, “I think the military that I see is different from the military I served in.”
“I see a lot of emphasis now on political ideologies, things like gender pronouns,” he said. “I see a lot about things like DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), and I think that that’s caused recruiting to plummet.”
“I think it’s driven off a lot of warriors and I think morale is low,” DeSantis added and later asked, “Why would you have wanted to join the Marine Corps back in the day?”
“I mean, I’m a Florida guy. I didn’t have any connection in New York City, but it inspired me to join the Navy almost 20 years ago, and so it had a profound effect on our country,” he remarked.
Selfless service was a key message for the governor when he spoke earlier at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Wall and recounted his thoughts from routinely flying from Florida to Washington, D.C. when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives where the route, “would take the plane flush parallel to the National Mall.”
“People were able to look out the left side of their plane — they would be able to see sweeping views of the Lincoln Memorial, the reflecting pool, all these great monuments,” he explained, “but I realized after doing that journey enough times that the monuments out of the left side of the plane were not the best monuments we have.”
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“If you looked out of the right side of the plane, you could look over the Potomac River and you would see a small set of monuments, orderly arranged over the rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery,” the governor detailed at the somber gathering.
“And you can have the best political leaders that we memorialize like an Abraham Lincoln, you can have the best political ideals that we try to exemplify like in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution, but those don’t run on autopilot and if you don’t have people that are willing to stand up, answer the call, risk their lives and indeed give the last full measure of devotion in service of this country,” he remarked, “then none of that stuff amounts to very much.”
DeSantis emphasized, “When I look at Memorial Day, these are really the indispensable Americans that we celebrate today.”
He went on to note the Gold Star parents who were in attendance at the ceremony and said, “Their sacrifice that their loved ones made matters. The sacrifices that people have made throughout history matters. We would not be free people without those sacrifices.”
A similar perspective was incorporated into his remarks on Fox News when he ultimately described a potential DeSantis presidency by saying, “No more excuses about why we can’t get it done. We need to get it done and I will get it done.”
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