Florida’s Governor is telling Iowans that the military’s focus on “global warming” is a reason recruiting has fallen off, and he vows to “eliminate” such “distractions” if elected President.
Ron DeSantis told a crowd in West Des Moines Tuesday of several issues of social consciousness that he believes are keeping people from signing up for the U.S. Armed Forces.
“And it pains me when we see revered institutions like our very own military become more concerned with matters that are not central to the mission, whether it’s global warming or gender ideology or pronouns, morale is declining, and recruiting is suffering. We need to eliminate these distractions, and we need to get focused on the core mission at hand,” DeSantis said Tuesday.
This continues a series of similar critiques from the Governor, who appears to be road-testing a list of grievances.
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.
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 month.
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.