DeSantis slams media for mischaracterizing ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to fit their agenda

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fl.) slammed critics of the Sunshine State’s new bill that would nix transgender education for young children, accusing them of not reading the bill and stirring up a false narrative.

“You actually look at the bill, and it says, ‘no sexual instruction in grades Pre-K through 3,’” the conservative governor explained at a press conference on Friday. “And so, how many parents want their kindergarteners to have transgenderism or something injected into classroom instruction? And so, I think those are very young kids. I think the legislature is basically trying to give parents assurance that they’re gonna be able to go, and this stuff’s not gonna be there.”

Although opponents have nicknamed HB 1557 the “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” DeSantis noted the mischaracterization of the proposed law by evidencing the fact that the measure would simply eliminate sexual topics from the curriculum for young children.

“Clearly, right now, we see a lot of focus on the transgenderism – telling kids that they may be able to pick genders and all that,” DeSantis noted. “I don’t think parents want that for these young kids, and so I think that’s what they were trying to do, and I think that’s justifiable.”

(Video Credit: Ron DeSantis/YouTube)

“I think it’s inappropriate to be injecting those matters, like transgenderism, into a kindergarten classroom,” he said. “At the same time, if you oppose that, you have a responsibility to be honest about it. You can create a false narrative, you can stage a protest, you can do all those things, but you’re not telling the truth about what’s actually there.”

DeSantis – who earned a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2005 – spoke out about the differences between the reporting on the bill versus the reality of the bill.

“When I hear these things and then I look on the paper about what it is, there’s this massive gulf between what it actually says with respect to these very young kids versus what some of these protests in the capital or whatever are about,” he said. “And I get it if you are intentionally just trying to create a political narrative and you know it’s not true, but you still do it, that’s, unfortunately, the world we live in.”

“But I do feel that there’s some people who haven’t read it and who are actually accepting some of the narratives whole cloth,” he added. “Be very, very careful. When you see that ecosystem starting to spin up narratives, be very, very careful about accepting any of that whole cloth.”

However, some people still accused the Republican governor of being the spin doctor.

The 43-year-old governor noted that the current form of the bill is something that most parents would be on board with.

“But to provide protections for parents for preschoolers, kindergartners, first-graders, that is something that I think most parents, you know, would appreciate it,” DeSantis said. “We send the kids to school, young kids, we want them to learn the basics. Some of these issues that are just simply not age-appropriate, I think parents want to see protection for them.”

And in fact, many parents did agree with the governor. Here’s a sampling of their responses on social media.


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