Ron DeSantis claims ‘drag queens’ drive ‘warriors’ from military

DeSantis Cedar Rapids
'Now the recruiting is abysmal.'

Ron DeSantis continues to contend that “side issues,” including gender pronouns and drag queens, are driving “warriors” from the military.

During his fourth Iowa speech of the day in Cedar Rapids, the Florida Governor returned to the theme of what’s wrong with the military, a gripe which has become a leitmotif in recent days.

“Well, now you have veterans that will come up to me and they question whether they would want their kids or their grandkids to even join the military anymore. Why? Because you have woke ideology being put in,” DeSantis contended.

“You know, in the Navy, they’re doing things like gender pronouns and drag queens for recruiting, talking about things like global warming and really being detached from the core mission of what our services are supposed to be doing. And that has caused warriors to leave the service. It’s caused recruiting to plummet.”

“Now the recruiting is abysmal because people want to join something that’s meaningful to them. They want to join something where they can be part of pursuing a common mission. They don’t want to be caught up in all these side issues. So I think we need to make sure that we restore the military to its proper function. All this politics will be out on day one when I get in there,” DeSantis said.

The Governor seems to pick and choose from a laundry list of these issues to make his points against a so-called “woke military.”

Earlier Wednesday, in Cedar Rapids, DeSantis cited the military’s “pronouns” and “global warming” policies as concerns for people who might otherwise enlist.

Tuesday in West Des Moines, he cited “global warming or gender ideology or pronouns” as the issues that were keeping people from enlisting.

“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

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


  • Richard Bruce

    May 31, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    Bring back “Don’t ask, Don’t tell.” UCMJ mandates moral behavior. Being a Drag Queen or publicly expressing deviant activity ain’t it.

  • Michael K

    May 31, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    That’s all he’s got is drag queens?

    Hate may excite some hardcore MAGAts, but it’s hardly a winning governing strategy. Bless his cold little heart.

    • Norm Dude

      June 1, 2023 at 3:14 pm

      Desantis is absolutely correct. Mentally Ill perverts don’t need to be asking children to be present so that they can get their kicks. Why don’t they ever perform at Old Folks Homes? Because they’re not attracted to them. Anyone who condones it is also a perv

      • Michael K

        June 1, 2023 at 4:48 pm

        There are gay/lesbian couples and single LGBTQ people at my dad’s retirement community. One of the residents is an accomplished musician and plays piano at happy hour every Wednesday – my dad looks forward to it every week.

      • Terri

        June 5, 2023 at 7:37 pm

        Dude you are really losing it. Lol stop while you’re still ok

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 31, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    This man is a liar. He knows he doesn’t have a real good shot so now he’s just trolling. Get him off the stage for Christ sakes.

  • PeterH

    June 1, 2023 at 1:02 am

    Ron DeSantis fake conspiracy theory number 19.

    • Norm Dude

      June 1, 2023 at 3:16 pm

      What’s fake? These Drag Queen events for children are EVERYWHERE. Even RuPaul had kids dancing at his drag show on tv. It’s evil. One guy who sponsored these events just got arrested for Child Molestation.

      • Tom

        June 4, 2023 at 8:24 am

        If that’s the biggest problem the state has, we’re apparently in much better shape than I would have thought. Insurance, transportation, gun violence, water quality – there’s plenty of actual problems to solve but that would require leadership. Culture wars on the other hand require nothing other than winding people up. He’s lazy and useless in my opinion.

        • Terri

          June 5, 2023 at 7:39 pm

          Totally agree

      • Dont Say FLA

        June 5, 2023 at 5:21 pm

        Remember when blacks were the problem? What happened? Well, the GOP realized they need black votes, so they found a smaller “problem” to point their fingers at. It’s trans drag queens. And you are falling for it. GOP voters fall for it Every. Single. Time. You are being played.

  • Terri

    June 1, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Ron DeSantis an idea on what the marines are supposed to represent. He talks about recruiting and what he wants and says what has happened. I saw it should not be what Ron wants but what the American people want. He has no idea because he is unapproachable on anything he doesn’t agree. He is not a likable person and because of that he doesn’t know what the American people want. He has no clue. If you want to be a leader of the free world then he needs to have a clue what the world stage is.

    • Norm Dude

      June 1, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      The American people definitely agree with him and not you. That’s why there’s a Mass Exodus and Migration of people and corporations FLEEING all Democrat states for Texas and Florida. MILLIONS of New Yorkers, people from the East Coast, have literal FLED those Democrat Wastelands for Florida. People are voting with their feet. Leftists and the media will have you believe that everyone agrees with them and their policies, when NOBODY does. That’s why they had to censor on Twitter and Facebook. They wanted it to appear as if a small minority (Leftists) were the majors and that everyone agreed with their radical and ridiculous views. Nobody does. Also why they had to steal the election.

      • Michael K

        June 1, 2023 at 4:43 pm

        Oh honey – old people like the weather. Once here, they quickly learn it’s not the heat – its the stupidity. And when their property insurance rates double – or they are forced to the insurer of last resort, the true cost of low taxes begins to sink in.

  • Suze

    June 1, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Give me a friggin break. Ever heard of the Rocky horror picture show… that didn’t keep people out of the military. Cut the crap and quit demonizing people. Deal with real issues like GUNS the #1 Public Health Issue or fascists like you…Governors taking over every aspect of my life.

    • Norm Dude

      June 1, 2023 at 3:31 pm

      Guns are not even close to the number one health issue. The leading killer of Americans ages 15-45 right now is FENTANYL, coming over Biden’s internationally open border. The most shootings occur in Democrat cities like Chicago, who have the strictest gun control laws, leaving the law-abiding citizens defenseless against the criminals. Chicago is the Mass Shooting Capitol of the World, but those guns are obtained by blacks illegally so it doesn’t fit the Democrats narrative. They want to let criminals commit crimes with guns and refuse to encarcerate anyone, they defunded the police, and crime has skyrocket in their areas. If Democrats would enforce the law again and put Police BACK in their communities gun violence would decrease markedly. It’s not rocket science. Democrats and Leftists are basically evil at this point. Every comment here or on social media from leftists are always LIES, literally. They will tell you that there are 56 genders, that men can become women and vice-versa, with a straight face, and then call you a liar when you state a simple fact. Recent studies show that a majority of white liberals are mentally ill, roughly 62%.

      • Tom

        June 4, 2023 at 8:32 am

        “The most shootings occur in Democrat cities like Chicago, who have the strictest gun control laws, leaving the law-abiding citizens defenseless against the criminals.”

        Really? Reality would beg to differ. Red state murder rates are way higher than blue states.

        • Antonio

          June 5, 2023 at 1:46 pm

          Nice try. He said cities, not states. And that is a fact. The worst gun crime is in cities with the strictest gun control.

          • Dont Say FLA

            June 5, 2023 at 5:25 pm

            Where do ya think those gun control laws come from? Which came first the chicken or the egg? Try thinking once in a while. Please. Of course high gun violence cities end up getting more gun laws put into place. Duhhhhhh. Gun laws don’t make any difference. That is why the guns got to go.

  • TJC

    June 1, 2023 at 1:53 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.

    • Norm Dude

      June 1, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      Just tell us that you want to molest children. It would’ve saved you some typing.

  • Norm Dude

    June 1, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    These extreme radical leftists and Democrats are literally trying to destroy America, society and Western Civilization as we know it. It HAS to be intentional. Destroying our culture, values, etc. No morals, ethics of any kind. And of course it seems that everything they support seems to come around to makimg it easier for Child Molesters to molest children. I think it’s their official platform now. They identify with career criminals and felons, Child Molesters, Satan Worshippers, and Communists. That’s their base. All felons are Democrats. Ask any Felon and they’ll tell you they hate the Republicans and love the Democrats. Why wouldn’t they?

    • Michael K

      June 1, 2023 at 4:27 pm

      Dear one: Have you ever met a gay person, LGBTQ person, or a drag queen?

      The real perverts wear clerical robes: Catholic priests, Southern Baptists, non-denominational “Christians” – very long lists of well-documented decades of abuse against men, women, children – abusing their “moral authority” and power to satisfy their desires.

    • Terri

      June 1, 2023 at 4:34 pm

      Wow!!!!! You really have a sinister look at what is going on today and you claim to know all the bad actors. Is it because you know them personally?

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 5, 2023 at 5:28 pm

      White nationalist fascists are trying to destroy America. Their brilliant strategy is “Look at the super scary drag queens.” LOL. But you fell for it SO hard that you’re here writing about how drag queens are super scary! hahahhahahaha. Why do GOP types fall for it? Every. Single. Time!

  • Joe

    June 5, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    None of Lil Ronnie’s beloved culture war issues have ANY effect on US military recruitment: it’s well established by non-liars that there are numerous issues facing our young people that were already trending poorly for the military before Casey ever taught him the word “woke”

  • Warriors Arent Scared of Drag Queens

    June 5, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Warriors are not scared of drag queens.

    Only people like RhonDa Santis are scared of drag queens.

    You know, losers. Losers are scared of drag queens.

  • Antonio

    June 8, 2023 at 10:13 am

    Replying to:
    “Dont Say FLA
    June 5, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    Where do ya think those gun control laws come from? Which came first the chicken or the egg? Try thinking once in a while. Please. Of course high gun violence cities end up getting more gun laws put into place. Duhhhhhh. Gun laws don’t make any difference. That is why the guns got to go.”

    Perhaps you should try thinking before replying. Do you really think that criminals will turn in their guns if such a law were to pass? If you do, I have a discount rate on a public bridge that I can sell to you. The guns aren’t the problem, it’s people that commit the crimes. Hell, where I live the assumption that every home is armed keeps property crime down to practically zero. There may be some idiots checking for unlocked cars in driveways to pilfer, but no one is trying to break into homes because they know that there is a 90% chance they will be shot if they do. The problem in these other Hellholes like NYC, SF, or Chicago is that they let criminals do practically whatever they want because “It’s not their fault. Inequity made them that way” or some other BS excuse, instead of cracking down on criminals. This is another reason why Democrats are loosing Independents.

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