DeSantis Slams NAACP Travel Advisory – ‘That’s a Stunt They’re Playing’
Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at the NAACP’s travel advisory this week, calling it a “stunt” in a new interview.
In May, the NAACP issued a travel warning claiming that Florida is “openly hostile for African Americans, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals.” In a sit-down interview with ‘CBS Evening News host Norah O’Donnell, DeSantis was asked whether he would represent “the entire country” if elected President.
“A hundred percent,” the Florida Governor replied.
“And that is politics. That’s a stunt that they’re playing. They obviously have [a] very left wing agenda, which I don’t begrudge them that. But in Florida, our unemployment rate amongst African Americans is way lower than New York, California and these blue states. We have more Black-owned businesses in Florida than any state in the United States.”
DeSantis also touted the success of African-American students in Florida,
“I have more African American students on scholarships for our school-choice program than any other state in the United States… And so we’ve shown people can succeed in Florida regardless of their race, ethnicity, any of that.”
O’Donnell, however, insisted that certain “policies” in Florida justified the travel advisory, such as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity.
But DeSantis pushed back and called out the media for creating a false narrative.
“Well, part of the reason they think that is ’cause of narratives that are put out by media,” DeSantis told O’Donnell.
“I mean, for example, when we had the fight with Disney over the elementary education about, should you have things about sex and gender identity telling a second grader that their gender’s fluid? We said, ‘Absolutely not.’ Parents in Florida agreed. And throughout — the country I think agreed with that.”
DeSantis also fought against the media’s use of the left-wing “Don’t Say Gay” moniker used to describe the law.
“The bill had —did not mention the word ‘gay,'” DeSantis said. “I never said that gay people wanted kindergartners to be told they can change their gender. That was the media that created that and the left that created that.”
“And here’s the thing, are we doing so well as a country on math scores and reading scores and science?” DeSantis continued. “Why don’t we focus on those things? You know, that I think unites everybody regardless of their viewpoint.”
During the interview, DeSantis was also asked whether he would support the Supreme Court overturning gay marriage. The Governor signaled that he supported the status quo and said the court would not strike down Obergefell like it struck down Roe v. Wade.
“You know, I’ve already said in terms of, in terms of Obergefell, that what the court pointed out, and the other justices, was reliance interest is important with respect to precedent,” DeSantis said. “And I think all those other eight justices have signaled that, because there’s a significant reliance interest, that they would not view that the same as they did with Dobbs. And I think that’s likely to be, to be the case going forward. I don’t think you’re gonna see them reevaluate that.”
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