For the first time in nearly three days, Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to Fox News, adding fuel to the continuing controversy of critical race theory.
The Governor, appearing on Sean Hannity‘s second half-hour Tuesday night, doubled down on claims that the recently banned principles of CRT teach students to attack police officers.
“If you look at how some of this stuff manifests itself in classrooms, that we have seen examples of, it’s not a conspiracy theory,” DeSantis said. “Dividing kids on race, attacking law enforcement and saying law enforcement attacks people on race. Those things are poison, and that’s not what we should be doing.”
The Governor offered the national audience a gentler version of a hot quote he made a few days earlier.
DeSantis told in-state media that critical race theory taught kids to attack cops and left seven out of eight illiterate in some schools. On Hannity, he made no unsubstantiated claims about connections between critical race theory and a lack of interest in teaching reading,
“Some of the nonsense that you see in some of these places around the country. I mean, they will attack cops with this type of ideology in schools, and meanwhile, they have like 87% of the kids that aren’t even literate in some of these schools. So it shows you they’re not trying to educate; they’re trying to indoctrinate,” DeSantis said in Sarasota Friday.
The Governor’s political committee sent out an email fundraising on the ban of critical race theory as an attack on “cultural Marxism,” meanwhile.
The decision ratified by DeSantis’ hand-picked Board of Education roiled Democrats. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said it was proof the Governor wanted a “race war and cultural war.”
“He did it intentionally, not because there’s a worry about something like this, but to create a culture war in our state. I know people in our state are smarter than this and aren’t going to fall for this political rhetoric spewed by Ron DeSantis and the Republican Party,” Fried said Monday on WJCT-FM’s “First Coast Connect.”