DeSantis says you’re more likely to get SHOT in Chicago than get a good education

Ron DeSantis contrasts his education-related policies in Florida with those of other jurisdictions, saying that liberal enclaves have more crime than educational excellence.

In his first remarks since announcing his 2024 presidential campaign, Florida’s governor said children are more likely to be shot than get a proper education in Chicago and went all in against “injecting gender ideology into elementary school.”

He also slammed critics who claimed he had issued a book ban in Florida, saying it was a “hoax” concocted by liberals.

The 2024 candidate praised his policies that allow for curriculum transparency so parents can challenge what is being taught or dispensed to their children in Florida public schools.

“Part of the rights of parents means that as a parent you have a right to transparency of the curriculum, you have a right to know what is being taught in your children’s school,” DeSantis said. “And if there’s any material that’s inappropriate because of age or that violates Florida standards, you have the right to call it quits now.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spent his first post-announcement remarks praising his policies around education and the excellence that has resulted in Florida schools and students

DeSantis railed against those he says want to keep “pornographic” books in schools where children can see content that is inappropriate for their age.

He also praised his policy of ending lockdowns and resuming in-person classes earlier than other states, attributing that to Florida’s education 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 you’ve seen the results,” DeSantis told an audience of parents who homeschool their children. “From 2020 to 2022, people just 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, school enrollment has increased.”

“When you think about a place like Chicago, these kids, you’re more likely to get shot than to get a world-class education in some of these places,” he added.

DeSantis is engaging in sharper rhetoric now that he’s a presidential candidate, finally going all in against Donald Trump in the days after he formally entered the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

For months, the Florida governor avoided lashing out at the ex-president despite a barrage of attacks from Trump, but he’s no longer holding back.

sharpest remarks to the man whose approval he once sought.

Speaking to conservative Tennessee radio host Matt Murphy, DeSantis claimed that Trump “is a different man today” than he was when he became president in 2016.

He also insisted that Trump’s campaign continues to show more signs of leaning to the left rather than adhering to conservative values ​​— something he vows not to do as a candidate or as president.

After the delayed and glitch-filled Twitter Spaces announcement of the governor with Elon Musk, DeSantis has turned to more traditional media sources as part of his post-campaign launch media glitter, such as radio.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis touted his victories as governor, but also finally launches attacks on Donald Trump after months of dodging criticism of the former president and now his No. 1 Republican presidential rival

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis touted his victories as governor, but also finally launches attacks on Donald Trump after months of dodging criticism of the former president and now his No. 1 Republican presidential rival

In the 24 hours after announcing his bid, DeSantis’ campaign raised $8.2 million — far less than 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 following the mid-November announcement of his 2024 campaign, which DeSantis is well on track to beat.

“He seems like he’s running to the left and I’ve always been someone who was stuck in conservative principles,” DeSantis told Murphy. So these are going to be interesting debates to have, but I can tell you, you don’t win nationally by going left, you win nationally by standing for bold policies. We showed that in Florida. I never watered down anything I did.”

“I don’t know what happened to Donald Trump; this is a different guy today than when he was running 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 Trump’s early COVID-19 policies have “destroyed the lives of millions of people.”

“When he turned the land over to Fauci in March 2020, it destroyed the lives of millions of people,” DeSantis said, referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

On Fox News, DeSantis said one of his priorities on day one as president would be to fire Trump’s hand-picked FBI director Christopher Wray.

In a Newsmax interview on Thursday, DeSantis even claimed Trump leans to the left when it comes to immigration — despite many critics claiming the former president was too harsh on illegal immigrants.

“I think some of the things he attacked me on was a little bit surprised, because he attacks 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 keen on conservative issues — and that was part of the reason he did so well,” the governor added.

“He’s also hitting me against voting against immigration amnesty,” DeSantis complained. “There was the Goodlatte to be billed in 2018 — and he said that’s like voting against the wall. But that bill was a 2 million amnesty for illegal aliens, very little money for any border security. All conservatives were against it. He supported it as president, which many of us were angry about.”

“But to hit me for taking the America First position just seems a little odd to me. I’m not sure what his strategy is, but I think he’s taking positions a little bit different than he did four or five years ago.’

Florida’s governor, in particular, is arguing that he better deliver on the promises Trump made and failed to deliver in his only presidential term.

“Ultimately,” DeSantis told Murphy when speaking of Trump, “he goes left on a lot of the tax stuff, he goes left on culture, he even sides with Disney against me.”

After officially entering the race for the 2024 White House, DeSantis heads next week for a campaign sweep to three early primary contestant states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

It’s unclear whether his wife and Florida’s first lady Casey DeSantis will join him for the swing.

Casey, a former broadcast reporter, cancer survivor and mother of three, is largely credited with being the driving force behind her husband’s rise on the national political scene.

Mom of three Casey DeSantis, 42, takes center stage with her dazzling outfits and is largely credited as the driving force behind her husband's rise to the national political scene

Mom of three Casey DeSantis, 42, takes center stage with her dazzling outfits and is largely credited as the driving force behind her husband’s rise to the national political scene

Despite unloading on Trump Thursday, DeSantis also suggested 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 Day 1, I’m going to have people come together and look at all these cases who are victims of weaponization or political targets and who are going to be aggressive when pardoning them,” DeSantis told The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show when he was imprisoned. asked about pardoning individuals charged in connection with the January 6 storming.

“We see that in a variety of contexts, some of which you mentioned,” DeSantis said. “Part of it is the FBI going after parents who go to school board meetings, part of it is how they treat a pro-life protester, how they don’t go after people who attack pro-life protesters.”

DeSantis was then asked if he would also consider pardoning Trump if he is indicted.

“I would say that an example of adverse treatment based on politics or armaments would be included in that review, no matter how small or how large,” he replied.