Ron DeSantis promises to sign trans athlete ban

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The Governor said he was signing the bill for his daughters.

Gov. Ron DeSantis took a Legislative Session victory lap Thursday as part of a panel of “red state trailblazer” governors on the “Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.

He made news by removing any doubt about whether he would sign a bill banning transgender women and girls from playing in K-12 girls’ sports, saying the goal was to create an “even playing field.”

“Oh, yeah. We’re going to protect our girls. I have a 4-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old daughter. They’re very athletic. We want to have opportunities for our girls. They deserve an even playing field. And that’s what we’re doing: what Mississippi did, what Florida did, what other states are going to do. So I look forward to being able to sign that into law,” DeSantis said.

The ban appeared dead until it was added as an amendment onto a bill regarding charter schools. That bill proved a vehicle for a controversial bill that wasn’t moving in the Senate.

The bicameral passage came despite NCAA opposition to these bills on the college level. The college sports sanctioning organization has threatened to pull championships from states with these kinds of laws banning athletes from competition.

DeSantis went on Fox News hours after the Governor’s surgeon general rolled back virus precautions and recommended against masks for the vaccinated, while urging state workers to come back to the office and stop working remotely.

During the hour long broadcast with other Republican governors, DeSantis alternated between celebrations of legislative victories and unvarnished critiques of news of the day topics, such as when he early on dismissed Joe Biden‘s concerns about systemic racism as a “bunch of horse manure.”

The Governor reiterated critiques of “critical race theory,” claiming the academic approach is “basically saying all of our institutions are bankrupt and illegitimate,” and adding that he “banned” it in the state of Florida.

The anti-riot bill drew applause also when Ingraham mentioned it. The Governor stuck to well-rehearsed talking points in a crisp answer that also delighted the crowd in the City Beautiful.

“If you riot, if you loot, if you’re violent at one of these assemblies, we’re putting you in jail, period,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also slammed vaccine passports again, noting his administration was “not just saying government can’t make you, private businesses can’t make you.”

The Governor vowed that no businesses would be allowed to sidestep the vaccine passport ban, as he defended the right of people to choose not to take the shot.

“We’re not going to condition this. It’s not like we’re going to say ‘hey, you’re part of the club, you’re not.’ There’s some people who have valid reasons for not doing it. Some people have just decided not to,” DeSantis said, vowing to sign the bill into law soon.

DeSantis also vowed to sign into law the election security measure passed Thursday in the Legislature.

“We’re banning ballot harvesting. We’re making sure these Zuckerberg groups can’t come in and administer elections,” DeSantis said.

The Governor also spotlighted his fight against Big Tech, saying his new law would “hold Big Tech accountable.”

“We cannot let the discourse in our country be controlled by leftist oligarchs in Silicon Valley,” DeSantis said, likening the mainstream press to “state-run media.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Gregory Keyes

    April 30, 2021 at 8:05 am

    In order for Trans athletes to be fully recognized they need to have their own sports league. Where they can compete against each other at a common level. Separate from traditional male / female gender norms. Only in doing that will they be all they can be without any asterisks attached to their accomplishments.
    Furthermore, by joining biological women in their sports, the Trans are actually ‘appropriating’ another genders’ identity and we all know how negative that is.

  • Charles

    April 30, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Great job by the governor!!!!!!!!
    Our girls deserve a level playing field

    • Frankie M.

      April 30, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Anytime you compare yourself to Mississippi you must be doing something right.

      “They deserve an even playing field. And that’s what we’re doing: what Mississippi did, what Florida did, what other states are going to do.”

      Sounds like DeSantis is afraid of a little competition. No surprise there.

  • Frankie M.

    April 30, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Good job Ronnie! You got yourself another boogeyman. Only this time it’s our children. Way to go buddy!! Reminiscent of various past bathroom bills, anti-protest (read anti-black) bills, etc, etc. Never doubt Ronnie’s commitment to finding solutions to problems that doesn’t exist.

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