Teaching kids to ‘attack cops’: Ron DeSantis adds fuel to critical race theory fire
Ron DeSantis. Image via Reuters.

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DeSantis softened his language, but doubled down on the claim.

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.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • John

    June 16, 2021 at 12:32 am

    some years back I was hiring positions for my lab. 9 out of 10 kids coming in could not find 3/8″ on a tape measure. The schools are not teaching anything of practical value. Communism and white hate are the subjects of the day on our tax dollars. Common core was criminal to bring to our schools. Thanks to unconstitutional DOE which Trump promised to defund but never did.

  • ross

    June 16, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Ron doesn’t care that Fox “news” is merely entertainment because he wants to be President. After all, it worked for his idol, Donald Trump. It’s all about slogans and fear mongering, not about truth and honor. Ron and Donald don’t care if they destroy our democratic institutions and our freedoms. They lust for POWER. The end justifies the means, truth be damned. They are traitors, but they sure love being Foxy.

  • Ed

    June 16, 2021 at 9:22 am

    What is the common element how people die in police custody? You know the subject matter that CNN, MSNBC, NPR, ABC, CBS, NBC, and on and on don’t mention. “RESISTING ARREST”. Just comply with police directives. What is wrong with some people? How to properly deal with police should be taught in schools not all of this other nonsense.

  • John Ennis

    June 16, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Ron DeSantis..open the state now program is responsible for many of the Virus deaths in Florida. the only state in the nation that has replaced a daily virus report with a once a week one. Not included in that report are virus figures for the million s of tourists . This makes the reports worthless as tits on a boar hog. The DeSantis administration has refused to even acknowledge media requests for that information giving rise to speculation it is not keeping track of the number of virus stricken Florida tourists,,,including those of die while here.

    • Ed

      June 16, 2021 at 10:19 am

      I guess you would rather go with Cuomo, Newsom, or Whitmer’s plan. How come people aren’t flooding to those states vs. Florida?

  • Shari Monetta

    June 16, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    For a full dose of retardation and Orwellian doublespeak, take a gander at the comments under this article. What a bunch of delusional, backward thinking, leftist knobs.

  • Tom Lease

    June 16, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    CRT, just more theatrics from Ron DeSantis. Ron’s hyperbolic paranoid version of Critical Race Theory in Florida schools is simply red meat he’s feeding to the Trum-publican base, where ignorance and cultist tribalism are rampant. He knows they will believe anything if it smacks of liberal thinking. FYI, CRT is not taught in Florida’s public schools, and never was or will be. But, it sure gets those conservative evangelical types frothing at the mouth and writing checks. Sadly, the real victims in this totally manufactured crisis are Florida’s secondary American History teachers… not to mention the truth telling of American History in general.

    How do you talk about the 20th century’s civil rights movement without mentioning the fight to end segregation. What is more “systemic” than a 56 year old Supreme Court decision that legalized segregation that wasn’t ended in 1954. The following year Rosa Parks was arrested on a Montgomery bus for not giving up her seat to a white man. So, will teachers be fired if they mention the 1896 US Supreme Court’s Plessy v Ferguson decision and the doctrine of Separate but Equal? He and Education Commissioner Corcoran need to tell teachers specifically what aspects of American History, regardless of their truth, they can they must not teach to avoid getting fired.

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