Ron DeSantis fundraising email targets transgender Olympians
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Ron DeSantis
DeSantis has fundraised off the trans sports ban before.

A political committee supporting Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ reelection campaign is again fundraising off the state’s ban of transgender student-athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions.

The “Fight wokeness” email, sent Monday, bemoans the participation of transgender athletes in the Olympics before celebrating the ban legislation he signed in June.

“The Olympics has traditionally been the epitome of tough, fair competition. Yet, in this age of wokeness, the Summer Olympics in Tokyo has embraced an uneven playing field for women’s athletics,” the email from Friends of Ron DeSantis asserts. “It is entirely unfair to force women athletes to compete against men. What is the point of competition when one side is given a significant unfair advantage?”

The email continues, discussing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act: “This bill protects female athletes in Florida and guarantees the opportunity for a level playing field where women can demonstrate their skill. Sports can teach many valuable lessons, but with Democrats trying to destroy fair competition in female athletics, women gaining that valued experience is at risk.”

From there, the text moves back to the Olympiad: “As we root for Team USA this summer, we must demand fairness and competitiveness in women’s sports!”

DeSantis’ political operation has relished fundraising off the competition ban. It took roughly a day after signing the bill for the first in an apparent series of solicitations.

In June, the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee issued a red-meat appeal entitled “DeSantis stands strong against woke corporations.”

Similarly, two-fisted rhetoric filled out the body of the email.

“Gov. DeSantis is doing what is right and has continued to prove that he won’t be cowed by corporate and media pressure. Yet again, Gov. DeSantis has established he will hold the line. He will NEVER allow woke corporations to dictate the policies in Florida — not now, not ever,” asserted the appeal for funds.

DeSantis kicked off Pride Month by signing the bill in Jacksonville at a Christian school on the Westside of town.

“Girls are going to play girls’ sports,” he said at the news conference. “Boys are going to play boys’ sports.”

The fundraising appeals are working, and not just with in-state donors. Almost half of DeSantis’ donations come from out of state. The Governor’s political committee has at least $44 million cash on hand. and has raised at least $36.7 million this year.

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]


11 comments

  • Michael Hoffmann

    July 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Ron wants fairness in women’s competition, he should see that facilities, pay, and etc. are equal to men and stay out of the bathroom stalls of athletes — like the vice squads of yore.

  • Zhombre

    July 26, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    A biological male claiming to be female is, in fact, not female. Subjective feelings however strenuously asserted, do not alter physical reality. Also, chemical and surgical mutilation are just that, mutilation.

    • Michael Hoffmann

      July 26, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      I’ve not been in the OR when the surgery you characterize as mutilation is performed. Nor am I learned in the subject. My understanding is that there are naturally occurring redundancies that can be addressed and resolved by surgery and chemo. It’s like so much else — let the individual involved make the call. This is called choice, and the state — motivated by individuals without portfolio — should butt out.

      • zhombre

        July 27, 2021 at 8:46 am

        They can have all the surgery and chemo they want (provided it’s not at taxpayer expense) but that will not make an individual into the opposite sex. As of yet, bone structure and the basic cells lf the human body, each coded with one’s virth gender, are not subject to superficial changes. I have no portfolio, portmanteau or official valise, but I have my opinions.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 27, 2021 at 7:45 am

    The GOP raising money by attacking people who are different. How shocking is that?

  • Tom

    July 27, 2021 at 8:12 am

    America’s Governor is protecting, defending and speaking in unison for our daughters, in which he has two very young ones. He held a forum in which young women actually spoke to the issue and thanked him for doing so.
    But you and seaweed joe know better and think for women. Typical elite Dums you both are.

  • Tom Palmer

    July 27, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Sigh…

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 27, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Woke? Give it a rest Duffus Desantis! Yep you are just another goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist traitor! By any chance did you hire someone to do the work and brains required to get those degrees?

    • John Kaufmann

      July 29, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Your comment full of all the facts and expertise I have come to expect from most liberals.
      Try reasoning for once instead of knee-jerk emotional responses please.

  • Michael Hoffmann

    July 30, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Like your diatribe, Rumplestilskin?

  • Tom

    August 1, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Hoffmann, you stoop low when you defend Red Sonja. She is political garbage. But go ahead I guess.

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