‘That’s wrong!’ DeSantis calls out media ‘mischaracterization’ of efforts to protect children

The agenda-driven media has a penchant for intentionally mischaracterizing common sense stances taken by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the popular Republican continues to push back.

Be it the dishonest spin on not allowing politically motivated queer theory disguised as African American history to be taught in Florida schools, or banning classroom discussion on sexual orientation for K-3 students, which the media borrows from Democratic Party talking points to fraudulently spin as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, Gov. DeSantis appeared on Pete Hegseth’s Fox Nation series “The MisEducation of America” to call out this mischaracterization.

Under the governor’s leadership, Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Act to protect the rights of parents and the innocence of children, with the left pouncing to call this an attack on the gay community — America being in a remarkable place in the year 2023 where protecting the innocence of children takes a back seat to advancing a political agenda.

And DeSantis, who blew out his Democratic opponent in the midterm election by 20 points, suggests that this mischaracterization is not “a good hill” for the opposition to die on.

“I would argue it’s never appropriate to be telling a school kid that they were born in the wrong body,” he told Hegseth. “I didn’t think that it was going to end up what it was and I was just in a situation where I’m like, you know, this is not a good hill for you guys to pick to die on… What we did is we leaned into it. We called out the media when they were mischaracterizing it, so we made sure that we stood up for the folks.”

In noting that the left has “injected” sexual topics into the curriculums of small children, DeSantis said the new law provides a “flat ban on any of the sexual instruction in an elementary school,” and that all material must be “age appropriate.”

Not exactly radical thought, you’d think — except for those looking to use our schools as indoctrination centers to “dismantle and destroy” the nuclear family, as Hegseth observed.

There’s little doubt that America’s youth are being targeted, as seen with the ongoing campaign to expose children to “family friendly” drag shows — there being no such thing when adult men engage in sexually suggestive acts while prancing around nearly naked.

At a press conference this week where he said he will not be dissuaded by “false media narratives,”  DeSantis was asked about the politically-motivated claim that he is looking to “appeal to a crowd who are really, really anti-gay.”

“It has nothing to do with that,” the governor replied. “First of all, having any sexual content in elementary school is inappropriate. It’s wrong.”

“Yes, I think the gender ideology is something that is very problematic,” he continued. “When you have very young kids and you have a teacher saying, ‘Well what gender would you like to be?’ No! These are impressionable kids. You’re trying to tell them that somehow they can just switch to be a different gender? So that’s wrong.”

DeSantis summed it up to say that this can be “incredibly harmful” to children and that the issue is what should we be teaching young kids.

He concluded, “Should we be focusing on gender ideology or should we be focusing on math, and reading…?”


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