Ron DeSantis makes ‘Day One’ pledge to remove DEI, preferred pronouns from military

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DeSantis says the 'nonsense' is hurting recruiting, retention.

If elected President, Gov. Ron DeSantis is promising to excise “nonsense” from the military.

During an interview on Good Morning Orlando, the new Republican candidate for President spotlighted diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and one problematic part of speech for instant removal.

“I think it’s been politicized. I think you have a focus on things like DEI. A focus on things like gender pronouns. And that’s diverting from the core mission, and the core mission is really what attracts people to the military. So recruiting is suffering, people are leaving the service,” DeSantis said.

“One of the things I’ll do as President on Day One, you know, reassert the power of Commander in Chief, get all the nonsense out of the military, say this is going to be mission focused again. And I think you’re going to see recruiting respond very, very positively and I think you’ll see morale increase,” DeSantis added.

The Governor has spotlighted these and other culture war issues as reasons people aren’t signing up for the armed forces.

“You see them recruiting with, like, using drag queens and doing stuff with the pronouns and all this other stuff. That’s part of the main reason recruiting is so low,” DeSantis told podcaster Dinesh D’Souza this week.

DeSantis also discussed “drag queens” and other social trends troubling him last weekend in an Iowa stump speech.

“When you see videos of folks recruiting for the military services using things like drag queens, you know, that is just fundamentally wrong,” DeSantis said in Sioux Center at the Feenstra Family Picnic, a major confab of Iowa Republicans.

The U.S. Navy, where DeSantis served, used a drag queen as a “digital ambassador.” The service member, named Joshua Kelley, performs as “Harpy Daniels.”

The Governor’s “Day One” pledge is his second in recent days. He promised a “Day One” pardon of Jan. 6 rioters and former President Donald Trump on Thursday.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Like, You Know

    May 26, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Hope nobody teaches Valley Girl Rhonda to stop saying “like” and “you know” in the middle of everything he says. What a doofus this guy is. NOT ready to leave Florida. NOT ready for prime time. Not ready to negotiate. He’s never done that before. Florida GOP super majority spoon fed him everything. Or finger fed, as Rhonda prefers.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 26, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    US Military was put a difficult spot by all the pictures of some, ahem, unknown persons, cough cough, torturing humans at Guantanamo Bay. They had to get creative to bring people in. Most folks just do not want to torture other humans.
    What’s Rhonda’s recruitment strategy? Does Rhonda plan to re-release those Gitmo pictures as a recruiting tool?

  • SteveHC

    May 26, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Am SO sick and tired of, you know, Ron DeSantis and his “culture war” b.s. He has ZERO respect for anyone other than himself, perhaps we all should, like, just call him “DeSantis” to his face and like just skip the “mister” part let alone the “governor” part, you know? No pronouns for this guy, right?

  • DEI replacement

    May 26, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Ron plans to replace DEI with CEI led by Casey Anthony DeSantis. That will, you know, boost, like, recruitment.

  • Michael K

    May 26, 2023 at 5:30 pm

    Ron’s plan is to replace Diversity, Equity, Inclusion with straight-up old school White Supremacy!

  • Marcia baughey

    May 26, 2023 at 8:25 pm

    Desantis & wife Casey leaders in the White Supremacy evangelical movement are trendsetters for the KKK.

  • Jeff

    May 26, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    What a bunch of Moronıc comments i just read. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to see that many cıtızens of other countries would risk their lives to be in America today. Just look at all the people from mexico who left everything behind just to cross the border into our country? Look at them – they know what oportunity is – and i will guarantee they are not looking for the oportunity to suıt up in “drag queen” garb, or to be recognized as being “mexican” while being here. What they really want is for everyone else to be color, sex’ gender, and religion blind so that they can concentrate on doing the best WORK they can do so that their team will succeed for their companies, and their families survival and prosperity. Enough analyzing, individualizing, tagging..etc…..lets all work together as human beings…which we all are; enough is enough. Of course slavery was wrong but its been gone for years.

    • Talk about moronic...

      May 27, 2023 at 4:04 pm

      I’m sorry, are you Mexican or Mexican American? No, then speak for yourself. Yes? Doubt it. But still, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF. Delusional.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 28, 2023 at 9:47 am

      Problem being the board of director families and company officer families are the only families getting any semblance of survival .and prosperity from the work of the proles. Everybody else gets a hell hole to live in and terrible food that makes them sick. Slavery never ended. It just changes names, most recently to “Trickle Down Economics.” Unsurprisingly the trickle of cash never made it down. But smile! It’s raining bullets!

  • BigBoyT3X

    May 27, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    The American people are suffering through unprecedented economic crisis. Inflation is on the rise. The infrastructure is crumbling. People can’t pay their bills no more. And all DeSantis can think about is pronouns, transgenders and culture war bullcrap? Laughable! Maybe if he had some real solutions voters would actually start respecting him.

    • Casey Wants a Billionaire

      May 28, 2023 at 9:50 am

      DeSantis is thinking of herself. At Donald’s side or Elon’s side. Mrs Musk has a nice ring to it. 20 carats at least. Ron’s a loser and she’s working to sink him so she can jump ship up the ladder several rungs in one leap.

  • Mike Florida

    May 28, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Hooray for Ron DeSantis and his move to excise DIE (Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity) from the military……….and the infantile demand that others use any pronouns you choose. The language is the language, reality is reality, and the military has a mission to defend, not to bring in Orwellian social change.

    • Arlene

      May 28, 2023 at 11:04 pm

      What utter BS! We have REAL problems in Floriduh, like unaffordable housing and sky rocketing rents, homeowners insurance is through the ceiling (if you can get it), along with health care costs and this moron of a governor refuses to expand Medicaid programs! People are dying as.a result of his extreme laws and all he can focus on is drag shows and gender identity. He is a dangerous, ignorant POS!

      • Mike Florida

        May 29, 2023 at 1:43 pm

        No doubt Florida has many other problems. But, simple logic tells us that the simple existence of other problems, ceteris paribus, does not mean that a Governor should ignore another problem. The existence of high health care costs does not mean that a Governor should ignore, for example, hurricane preparedness. I am sure that you will agree with me that our elected leaders should focus on many problems.

  • Michael K

    May 28, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    Why doesn’t the governor just come right and say it: He prefers white supremacy – white “Christian” nationalism – to any sort of diversity, or inclusiveness, or equity.

    A church near me has a banner that says: “As followers of Jesus Christ, we adhere to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.” It’s ridiculous how pledging to honor diversity is now a thought-crime in the not-so-free state of Florida. The rest of the nation says no thanks.

  • WGD

    May 29, 2023 at 11:53 pm

    DeSantis is determined to use his favorite tactic of pandering to the stupid as his campaign strategy to gain higher office. Lets hope it doesn’t work.

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