DeSantis Unveils Bold Plan to ‘Rip Woke Out of the Military’

Governor Ron DeSantis rolled out a new plan Tuesday to “rip the woke out of the military” and restore the U.S. Armed Services as a mission-ready force. The presidential candidate vowed to end the politicization of the military while speaking to his supporters in South Carolina and offered a series of steps he plans to take if elected to the White House.

“We need a military that is focused on being lethal, being ready, and being capable, and if there’s anybody’s agenda that gets in the way of that, that agenda needs to take a hike,” said DeSantis, a Navy veteran.

If elected, the Governor says he plans to eliminate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs from the armed forces and end the instruction of Critical Race Theory courses at U.S. academies. He also vowed to ban drag shows on military bases, prohibit transgenders from serving in the military, and uphold new gender-neutral fitness standards for recruits.

Under the plan, the federal government would no longer provide taxpayer funds for servicemembers to have sex change surgeries or hormones, which cause “issues with readiness.”

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DeSantis also said he plans to rehire and issue backpay to service members who were discharged for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a bid to help solve the military’s ongoing recruitment crisis.

“We’re now in a situation where we find ourselves seeing the military go down a very different path,” he said.

“It’s a military that has been ordered by civilian officials to pursue political ideology, to pursue social experimentation, to be yet another institution in American life that gets infected with the woke mind virus…

We need our service academies to stand apart from that, we need to be different and we need to make sure they’re upholding martial values and martial education,”

According to DeSantis, the spread of woke ideology has weakened America’s armed forces, benefiting the nation’s enemies greatly. Countries like China, he says, are “laughing in our face.”

“The more and more you inject this political agenda into the military, you are giving China a competitive advantage… When China sees the Navy, for example, using drag queens to recruit people, they are laughing in our face. When you see some of the nonsense that’s gone on in the services, these are things that would have been unthinkable even 10 years ago, much less in prior generations. Our enemies are whetting their appetite.”

Under DeSantis’ plan, the Pentagon would also be held responsible for its dealings with Big Tech. It would be prohibited from collaborating with any left-wing firms that that “blacklist conservative news sources.”

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Following his campaign event in South Carolina, the Governor appeared on CNN, where he continued to speak out against the politicization and weaponization of the federal government. “This country is going down the road of criminalizing political differences. And I think that’s wrong,” DeSantis told host Jake Tapper.

Speaking on the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump, DeSantis referred to it as “a situation where the Department of Justice, FBI have been weaponized against people they don’t like.”

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