‘I am not going to let them cancel me’: Gov. DeSantis defiant against ‘parental rights’ backlash
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

DeSantis spoke during Pride Month and in a Manhattan neighborhood known for its LGBTQ history.

Dozens of pro-LGBTQ protesters picketed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ speech in New York City Sunday, but the Governor says he won’t be silenced.

New York Democratic lawmakers and protesters unsuccessfully demanded organizers strip DeSantis’ speech from the agenda of this year’s Jewish Leadership Conference for recent actions and comments critics deem hateful to the LGBTQ community. Remaining in the Big Apple Monday morning after speaking at the event, the Republican Governor appeared on the set of Fox and Friends, where he proclaimed he wouldn’t be canceled.

“I am not going to let them cancel me, and so we spoke and we were happy to do that,” DeSantis said. “After all, as the Governor of Florida, me of anyone should be able to speak in front of all these future Florida voters that are moving down to my state, so we weren’t going to let that deter us.”

The Governor also joked that he was disappointed there weren’t more protesters.

“These are leftists, and the fact of the matter is they are having a spasm about me because we’re winning in Florida. They see that and they don’t like that, so they would find something to be able to pitch a fit about,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ speech, “The Florida Model and Why It’s Good for Religious Americans” closed out the day at the conference, produced by the conservative nonprofit Tikvah Fund. The event was held at Chelsea Piers entertainment center in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, which is known for its LGBTQ history.

The protests came amid Pride Month and on the sixth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

DeSantis has acquired critics nationwide for signing Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation, called the “Don’t Say Gay” law by opponents. The law, which takes effect next month, will prevent discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity between kindergarten and third grade and limit instruction about those topics in later grade levels to age-appropriate discussions. Parents who think a classroom discussion was not age-appropriate or who are unsupportive of a district’s policies will be able to sue for damages and attorneys fees.

Jonathan Silver, co-chair of the Jewish Leadership Conference, told Bloomberg why the organization invited Florida’s Governor to the event.

“There’s a Jewish Renaissance taking place in Florida, and we wanted to hear from DeSantis on what his vision for religious minorities is elsewhere in the country,” Silver said.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Mother Superior Slapshot, Bishop Stamkos High School

    June 13, 2022 at 11:59 am

    “…as the Governor of Florida, me of anyone should be able to speak…”‘
    I couldn’t agree more, Governor Me, you should be able to speak… grammatically correct sentences. Bless your heart.

    • just sayin

      June 14, 2022 at 7:57 am

      Meanwhile, our President is lucky to finish a sentence without wandering off to find some ice cream.

      • Joe Plumber

        June 14, 2022 at 12:48 pm

        That doesn’t change initial comment in any way.

        • Flower Child

          June 15, 2022 at 2:23 pm

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  • Tom

    June 13, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    There you go again Sista, I know you are feeling
    quite “crotchety” bless your heart. I hope they provided you some new knee pads.

    America’s Gov will not be “stifled” sista nor canceled. I hope you appreciate the verbiage today Sista Mary Elephant. For you youts, please google or as I say wiki “sista Mary elephant” for appreciation. And a great laugh.

    As for America’s Gov, yes he is quite disturbed by fascist mobs, parading Sista as truths enforcers. The un cultured left is quite disparaging these days Sista.

    Gov Ron has saved Florida from blue state tyrants, he is widely acclaimed for his non fauci response. Kids got educated, instead of looting and regretful suicides. Union surd Gov Ron sista, they lost. Seniors got record inoculations. Parents and families prospered with hope and opportunity. Employment has rocketed in state, 3%. He’s protected environment as the do gooders plead. And Sista, I know you and the hierarchy above are very pleased he protects the unborn.

    Lastly, he was raised so decent that he doesn’t fondle with joy, women. Unlike that very dastardly blue state ex Gov, Dem Dum Cuomo.

    So let us pray for our Governor Sista, bless him and First Lady Casey, and those young children Sista.

    Saints be praised Sista. And all the Lords people said Amen!

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 13, 2022 at 5:44 pm

      Tom, are you a real person? You are like a caricature of the regressive wing of the Republic Party.

      • Bill

        June 22, 2022 at 7:34 am

        Same question here – I see the 10th grade commentary peppered with childish insults so I’m thinking he’s real but the overuse of political slogans wreaks of Russian bot.

        We’ll probably never know.

  • Tom

    June 13, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Fake moniker, you are offensive.

    You have the audacity to question me, when you use a fake moniker. I am Tom, real Tom and the legend of FP.

    I’ve gone toe to toe with dozens of you Manchurians. I win. J D, and Ocean Joe are the only two who can make it interesting. I enjoy them both even in healthy disagreement.

    No one has my depth, understanding nor political awareness. I stand up to all, FP journos, Manchurian nation, fake monikers, Alex, Peter H the Lincoln predator, TJC, THJ, Frankie M, Frankie, fish called wanda, red Songa, Tampa moron guy, doc jones, and so many others.

    Respectfully, you are not in my league.
    I am must read. JD says I provide FP high volume of clicks.


    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 13, 2022 at 9:12 pm

      Ok, so you’re just a narcissist. No wonder you’re a member of the Republic party.

      • Ron DeSantis Rocks!!!

        June 15, 2022 at 2:31 pm


  • Tom

    June 13, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    LMAO, Thad why you and others click me.
    JD is right. That’s why I kick got your ass all
    over FP. You can’t hold a candle to me Fake moniker. You loser! You are a empty bag, no substance and jealous of my knowledge.
    What a joke you are.

    The legend I am. I waste time with you. You 5% Manchurian haters are such losers. Fake moniker has no balls!

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 14, 2022 at 4:36 pm

      Maybe you’re schizophrenic then?

      • Ryan in Tampa

        June 14, 2022 at 9:58 pm

        At a minimum, he’s a cloutseeker. My guess is he (she?) is a sociopath. Not detached/smart enough to be a full blown psychopath and you can tell he gets upset. I’ve gone a couple rounds with him but it’s always the same. He gets cornered by logic and starts spouting irrational stuff. You are definitely right about being a narcissist.

        • Tom

          June 15, 2022 at 8:28 am

          You both are ass suckers!
          Wah fake moniker, clueless.
          Wah Ryan from Tampa, probably from Cancun. I suffer all you Manchurian Dem dog lickers happily, joyfully, and easily. Manchurian Dem, Dums are so pathetic.

          Defeated again, what a bunch of losers. Biden’s 35% approval in Florida. Texas 34 U S House seat flipped, red wave coming. Biden carried it by 5 in 2020. Repub. and first Mexican American elected to Congress. Major blowout

          This is to deep for you incompetents.
          You got a major ass kicking coming.
          50 House seats, 6 to 8 seats senate seats. Florida Repubs a stomping coming. Super majority coming in Florida. Enjoy. America’s Gov wins easily.

          • Ryan in Tampa

            June 15, 2022 at 9:30 am

            This is the irrational stuff I was talking about. Ass suckers? Are you 12 Tom? I don’t think any of the words your translation software puts together means what you think they mean. But by all means keep spouting nonsense and crying into your keyboard until your face is as blue as the democrats you seem to hate so much.

  • slb

    June 14, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Der Dwarf doesn’t know whether to crap or wind his watch.

    • Tom

      June 14, 2022 at 2:04 pm

      Your full of Adam Schiff pal.
      America’s Governor is the conservative leader, Repub. voters love him. He is the whiz kid Gov who whizzes upon you and your Dum, Dem Manchurians.

  • Ryan in Tampa

    June 14, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Shouldn’t he be back in Florida passing gerrymandering legislation?

    • Tom

      June 14, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      As a past and wonderful President said, Here you go again.

      The Gov, America’s Gov proposed congressional maps. Under our separate branch of govt system, he proposed and the legislature passes. When passed, he signed. Now it’s law.

      Political science, civics 101. Amazing I have to provide it. You are welcome.
      Lucky me.

      • Ryan in Tampa

        June 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

        Not today Satan. There are two important lessons I’ve learned. You can’t fix stupid and you can’t argue with crazy. Both of those have been re-enforced after our last two discussions. So f*** off.

        • Tom

          June 14, 2022 at 3:47 pm

          Ignorance galore! You have a few others with you.

          You are the moron who can’t fix your stupid and can’t figure out you are crazy! LMAO! You can’t play with me marshmallow. Go back to kiddie college.

          • Ryan in Tampa

            June 14, 2022 at 4:01 pm

            I know you have issues understanding English as evidenced by your initial response, and basically everything you write on here. So, what part of f*** off exactly are you having trouble with?

          • Tom

            June 14, 2022 at 6:39 pm

            Wah Wah Wah, Ryan from Tampa.

          • Ryan in Tampa

            June 14, 2022 at 7:52 pm

            An English lesson for you. from != in. You came from your mom. See the difference?

        • Tom

          June 16, 2022 at 9:43 pm

          Kiss my ass Ryan in Tampa you pussy.

  • joe the plumber

    June 14, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Why is he virtue signaling so hard all the time? I thought Republicans didn’t like that? Did the overdose of Trump bluster on a constant basis change the party?

    • Tom

      June 14, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      No virtue signaling, just principle.
      You can take offense, since you are a leftist. Florida didn’t elect, and will not re elect a far left tyrant from a blue state. You know like the fondler, cuomo. Get over it.

      America’s Gov the best!

  • Chloe

    June 14, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    A governor who has the grammar of a toddler. This is who “runs” Florida? I see why Florida Man is always getting himself into trouble. Ron DeSantis is just another Republican bully and tyrant. I’m glad everyone thinks he has everything under control. You won’t even notice when climate change has caused the ocean and Gulf to turn Florida into a tiny island because you have a 3% rise in jobs. You’ll be paddling a canoe to get there. And by the way, I’ll say GAY whenever I feel like it. What a stupid law. Methinks he doth protest too much!

    • Tom

      June 14, 2022 at 6:59 pm

      Cloe ads in oe, I mean clueless.
      America’s Gov is the whiz kid. He whizzes upon all you Manchurian haters. Twice more on Ryan. LMAO

      Cloe, America’s Gov makes a difference every day for the peeps.
      Chameleon crisp no chance, n fraud even less.

      Gov Ron saved Florida, he’s not a fondler like Cuomo.

      Florida is the Covid model, economic model, jobs 3% employment, anti woke model, Judicial model with another Sup ct nominee. Likely African woman. And recent veto on environment Lake O, preserving humanity. $21 billion in financial reserves.

      Cloe, no clue. America’s Gov #1.

  • John Barron

    June 15, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Trump, not parental rights activists, will cancel DeSantis. The state of Florida stepped in a huge pile of DeSantis and Trump is going to scrape that shoe clean. Melania is getting involved too. Team Trump coming together for major press. Stay tuned.

    • Ron DeSantis Rocks!!

      June 15, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Trump/DeSantis (of Saints) 2024! Suck on that, Hosers!

  • Tom

    June 16, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    You losers got nothing to run vs America’s Gov.
    Barron you are mentally deranged.
    Chameleon crispy and naughty nikki fraud are a joke.

  • Dan

    June 18, 2022 at 10:04 am

    This obese man-child with the squeaky voice keeps talking about being “canceled” but he’s so far banned, companies from voice their opinions on his policies, teachers from even mentioning gay people, schools from teaching about black history, universities from providing expert testimony, baseball teams for crying out loud. He’s a shorter, fatter wanna be Mussolini. Another corrupt Italian trying to make this state and country like a mob run front.

    • Bill

      June 22, 2022 at 7:39 am

      I saw a rainbow when I was driving home the other day – given the colors, I’m surprised Ronny hasn’t created an executive order to make them illegal. /s

  • Tom

    June 20, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Racist pig Dan. Everything you says is a lie.
    Go fuck your self. Yeah right, $35 million for millionaires to build a stadium. You are mental. You pathetic liar, k-3 education, no sexual orientation discussed. You are a racist ignorant hater. Full of Adam Schiff pal.

  • Tom

    June 20, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Total racist pig, hater Dan.
    Everything you said are lies.
    Shameful and scurrilous lies.
    $35 million for baseball team stadium millionaires, really you idiot?
    Total lies, no sexual orientation taught K-3 you pathetic human. Are you a predator?
    Stop lying, you ignorant racist.

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