Ron DeSantis blames ‘political ideologies’ for keeping ‘warriors’ out of military
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

'The military that I see is different from the military I served in.'

Ron DeSantis is renewing his critiques of diversity, equity, and inclusion and other concepts he says are hampering military recruitment.

During a Memorial Day hit on the Fox News Channel, the Florida Governor and freshly minted Presidential candidate has revived criticisms of armed forces policies that, to him, have prioritized equity over winning wars.

“Well, first, I think we need to look at what’s going on with the military right now. And I think the military that I see is different from the military I served in,” DeSantis said on “Fox and Friends.”

“I see a lot of emphasis now on political ideologies, things like gender pronouns. I see a lot about things like DEI, and I think that that’s caused recruiting to plummet. I think it’s driven off a lot of warriors, and I think morale is low,” DeSantis said.

“So, all those issues are important,” DeSantis added. “I think you’ve got to get things re-moored to focusing on the core mission of why people want to join.”

The Governor has vowed to work against equity initiatives in the military, even saying he would act on his first day as President.

During an interview on Good Morning Orlando, the new Republican presidential candidate spotlighted DEI and using various gender pronouns as “nonsense” ripe 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 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 earlier this month 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, Joshua Kelley, performs as “Harpy Daniels.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • TJC

    May 29, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    Ron DeSantis, warrior. He was a lawyer in the Navy. The closest he got to our enemies was at Guantanamo, where the enemy was behind bars, unarmed. He did paperwork there. I doubt the man has ever been in a fist fight. Now that he has power through elected office, he’s chosen to be a bully, and as such he now claims he knows all about being a warrior, when in fact he is merely a loud-mouthed bully.

    • Penny Lane Howland

      May 29, 2023 at 1:11 pm

      Could not agree more, sanctimonious bully.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 29, 2023 at 2:36 pm

      While Rhonda has never been in a fist fight per se, he was clearly bullied constantly as a child. “Why are you punching yourself in the face, Rhonda? Why are you punching yourself in the face?”

    • Qanon Ron

      May 29, 2023 at 5:12 pm

      Deluded Christians running amok, thirsty for a dystopia that excludes anyone not in their Qurch.

  • Penny Lane Howland

    May 29, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    He is so trying to speak to local yocals with the “ya know”, “doing stuff”, WTH? who talks like that? Drag queens have been around for generations, but not in his world, all new and all to be included in his culture wars.

  • Penny Lane Howland

    May 29, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    How dare those DEI companies, organizations, groups! They should keep the old values/rules, right for a strong old america! And I meant the lower case “a”!

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 29, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    It’s all right wing propaganda. He only hears rumors and then repeats them. The sub-apes believe every word.

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  • PeterH

    May 29, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    This cultural warrior of hate will never sit in the Oval Office.

    DeSantis breathes life into unproven conspiracy theories.

  • John Barron

    May 29, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Why does Florida Politics keep using pictures of Meatball Ron from years ago??!! He looks much older and wider now. And Leona DeSanctus with her 1/4 inch of makeup and phony cancer nonsense isn’t helping him. America needs a Melania, not a Leona!!!

    • Qanon Ron

      May 29, 2023 at 5:14 pm

      Cast and Kimberly Gullible are the same person; you never see them together!

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    May 29, 2023 at 2:16 pm

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    • Elliott Offen

      May 29, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      Go away you slap head, flap head, smack head, and crack head. One way ticket to Miami… you will end up like the Rubio canvasser.

  • Tom

    May 29, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    This guy is just making stuff up now. The information is readily available and it has nothing to do with politics:

    “71% percent of young people are ineligible to join the military, according to 2017 Pentagon data.
    The reasons: obesity, no high school diploma, or a criminal record.
    That number is staggering! Only 29% of Gen Z are eligible for military service. Of those young people who are qualified, only 12.5%, the lowest number in a decade, shows any interest in the military.”

  • LOL Rhonda

    May 29, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    “Warriors” aren’t joining the military because Black Ariel raked in over $100 million for Disney this weekend? Rhonda seems a little bit confused about how the world works. Those liberal Ivy League degrees will do that to you, I hear, and Rhonda has two of them: Harvard and Yale. Too bad he doesn’t have a billion dollars. Casey might be interested in him if he did.

  • Michael K

    May 30, 2023 at 1:01 am

    What an idiotic remark. The US armed forces are a large and diverse group of people where respect for the dignity and worth of every single person is mandatory for smooth operation and discipline. Discrimination may be SOP for the governor for his cheap personal political gain, but it will not fly in the military, which protects ALL Americans, not just radical right wing authoritarian loonies who want to drag the US 100 years backward.

    How insulting of our governor to demean our armed forces. John McCain is rolling in his grave to see whats happening to the Republican Party.

    • Andrew Linko

      June 3, 2023 at 8:42 pm

      Amen! When the former Commander in Chief, poked fun at John McCain, it showed he does not have the knowledge to lead our armed services, and the adult capacity to understand how it operates. History is the best teacher, and the party that used to preserve the rituals, traditions and sacrifice, has abandoned all of these principles!

  • Thelma

    May 30, 2023 at 3:43 am

    hello hru

  • Ewe

    May 30, 2023 at 5:15 am

    Radical conservatism! Men don’t act this way unless their wives feel it first. She must be a narrow minded Barbie doll nightmare pushing his hatred forward.

  • Lex

    May 30, 2023 at 10:34 am

    The military should be “a-political”. The military should also be good at what it does. The military obviously did not do a good job of getting out of Afghanistan. Anyone that is trying to take on a very hazardous job needs to have faith that those that run it know what they are doing, and leadership does not appear to be competent. Those are all good reasons for someone not to enter the military right now. For the protection of the nation, that needs to be improved.

  • Andrew Linko

    May 31, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    He is correct, an ideology is destroying our military, and the Pentagon refuses to acknowledge the problem, and correct it. But it isn’t what DeSantis describes, it is a terror ‘White Supremacist’ groups who are infiltrating our military. Canada recognized the problem and banned all white supremacy groups as ‘Terrorists’ groups. DeSantis nor Trump will never do this as these individuals in these groups are their base!

  • Joe

    June 3, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    Lil Ronnie just repeats whatever his supervisor Casey has heard on Fox News or OAN or random GQP tweet.

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