Ron DeSantis fumes about Pride flag at White House
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

Ron DeSantis
'That's wrong. That is not how you display the American flag.'

Florida’s Governor is involved in a flag flap in the wake of a White House Pride celebration, but it’s not entirely clear if he has command of the facts of the matter.

Ron DeSantis groused to reporters in Fort Pierce that the Joe Biden administration privileged the rainbow-colored Pride flag over the U.S. flag, calling it a “transgender” banner.

“When they had at the White House, you know, this transgender flag (taking) precedence over the American flag. That’s wrong. That is not how you display the American flag,” DeSantis said Thursday.

Contrary to the assertions of some Republicans, the U.S. flag was the most prominently displayed, as it flew over the White House even as the Pride flag was side-by-side with the American flag on the White House balcony. It’s unclear whether the Governor was aware of that or not.

DeSantis also waded into a controversy about trans activist Rose Montoya, who was videotaped shirtless at the event in question.

“And I think when you have the inappropriate conduct at the White House with like, you know, these transgender flashing people nude and all this stuff, you know, it’s just totally, totally inappropriate. And I think even the White House had to acknowledge it was inappropriate,” DeSantis said.

Indeed, President Biden’s administration said that was “inappropriate and disrespectful for any event at the White House” and Montoya and others in the video won’t be invited back. But that didn’t mollify DeSantis, who blamed the President for inculcating trans ideology into elementary school.

“I would ask them if it is inappropriate to do that, the White House, which I certainly think it is. Why do you want to have that curriculum jammed into a second grader’s classroom? That’s what you’re always talking about,” DeSantis said.

It is unclear when the President or his spokespeople were “always talking about” that, and DeSantis soon enough moved on to another question.

A.G. Gancarski

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


61 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 15, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Rhonda is right. The American flag should never be flown alongside gay pride flags. As every GOP knows, the American flag’s only proper companions are the Confederate battle flag and swastika flags.

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      June 16, 2023 at 11:45 am

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    • Eileen m

      June 16, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      And how about those flying the flag upside down …a great representation of crimes committed, but that’s GOP so it’s OK. This duplicity is endless and losing its viability.

    • Hary

      June 16, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      You are a sick puppy!

    • ROBBIE HONG

      June 17, 2023 at 7:54 am

      Good response.

  • Terri

    June 15, 2023 at 11:33 am

    What bothers me that he is not coming to the table with answers to the country’s most important issues. Transgender and immigrants are not the only issues facing the country. I wish he actually had an agenda to further the country in all this nation wide. But he doesn’t have the brains it seems to come up with original thinking. In fact I haven’t heard any new ideas about immigration, industrial development, alternative energy, etc.

    • Dont Say FLA

      June 15, 2023 at 11:35 am

      Casey isn’t giving Ron any ideas. She’s trying to sink him. She’s the leaker. She wants him to go down in flames so it doesn’t look so bad on her when she jumps ship. Casey wants to be Mrs Musk. Mrs Musk has a nice ring to it. 20 carats, at least!

    • ScienceBLVR

      June 15, 2023 at 12:50 pm

      Terri, you are right on about the DeSantis table being devoid of ideas, solutions, or even it seems, simple awareness of what’s important to the vast majority of Americans. Culture wars about imagined boogeymen, battles against teachers, business, and freedom of life choices, just ain’t it! My Citizens premium comes due in July, so does our governor or Republican led legislature have ideas to help the impending property insurance crisis? Too busy flying migrants from OTHER states around? Yeah, that’s a burning issue with folks here. Just keep my strawberries 2 for $5.00 at Publix!

      • Marti

        June 15, 2023 at 7:25 pm

        Exactly

    • Catherine

      June 15, 2023 at 3:02 pm

      DeSantis doesn’t have any original thinking about immigration because he just goes along with built the wall. No thinking on alternative energy because he’s fine with Cole and gas. All he cares about is spreading culture War hatred of others. Banned books, erase black history, and get rid of all LBGTQ people is all DeSantis wants.

      • Kathy

        June 15, 2023 at 7:58 pm

        He used a flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes behind him on the stage. So if he is so offended that the WH disrespected the flag, just turn around and look at the behind you.

        • Matt

          June 15, 2023 at 9:02 pm

          That is actually the Ft McHenry Flag

      • Terri

        June 17, 2023 at 9:13 pm

        Totally agree Catherine!

  • No shirt is better than Brown Shirt

    June 15, 2023 at 11:34 am

    According to Rhonda, males-at-birth who transition, they are still males. So what is the issue with a shirtless male? Should they have adorned their RDDS 2024 wifebeater for ya Rhonda? Along with their jorts and Doc Martins? LOL @ Rhonda. What a crybaby, and he’s always so confused about what makes him cry.

  • DeSantis follows Mussolini steps

    June 15, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Ron DeSantis is a bigot and a well-known racist. His homophobic approach to everything that he does. He’s acting on the same bigotry as Mussolini in Nazi Germany did. It’s the same attitude and the same type of legislation.

    • Terri

      June 17, 2023 at 9:14 pm

      Totally agree !!!

  • Michael K

    June 15, 2023 at 11:56 am

    OK – we get it. DeSantis is a homophobe. His MAGAt megaphone is loud: he hates queers.

    • Classy

      June 15, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      Oh DeSantis is not just homophobic he hates Black Americans and all non white immigrants too. Where was his concern this week while Nazi flags and Trump Flags paraded outside of his states Disney World. I guess he liked that alright. Those flags were as pig in size as the American flag that was missing!

      • Bobble Head

        June 16, 2023 at 5:40 pm

        Not clear to me that RonBoy is really all that bigoted. But donning the cloak of fecalness certainly attractis the kind of voters he’s looking for.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 15, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Absentee brained Biden Whitehouse presenting as desecrating , lewd , sleazy and perverse is never a surprise .

    • Michael K

      June 15, 2023 at 12:47 pm

      Fun fact: LGBTQ people in America are Americans – just like you (presumably)! Who are you to decide who is, and who is not, worthy of the same dignity and respect that you apparently feel entitled to?

      • R. Bruce

        June 15, 2023 at 12:52 pm

        No one is objecting to one’s personhood, but their behavior. Inappropriate sexual or immoral public behavior should not be dignified or respected.

        • Rob Desantos

          June 15, 2023 at 2:15 pm

          And yet you continue to support and defend inappropriate and immoral GQP politicians.

        • Dont Say FLA

          June 15, 2023 at 2:41 pm

          Thems’ the same old lines the GOP used about black folk until the GOP started to lose every election at which point they changed their tune to saying it’s the trans drag queens that are the root of all evil in the USA. And why are trans drag queens the root of all in the USA according to the GOP? Because the GOP’s platform is “fear others” but they had to find another “other” when they realized they require black votes. R Bruce, you been had.

          • Thomas Kaspar

            June 15, 2023 at 2:50 pm

            Cross dress inside your house , no one wants to see it , especially around little kids .

      • Terri

        June 17, 2023 at 9:15 pm

        Yeah!

    • Catherine

      June 15, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      Well well well isn’t this interesting to hear nothing come out of your empty head

  • PeterH

    June 15, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Yet another example of Ron DeSantis weighing in on conspiracy theory – fake News information presented to him!

    DeSantis falls for the fake News bait EVERY TIME!

    Under no circumstances is jumping on the stupidity bandwagon presidential!

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem.

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Terri

      June 17, 2023 at 9:16 pm

      Totally agreed!

  • Suzan R

    June 15, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    There’s a US flag flying high above the White House.
    Regarding the pride flag among US flags, “Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable;” https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/4/10
    Why doesn’t the Fl Grand Wizard know this, or does he?

  • Rob Desantos

    June 15, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    Lil Ronnie D shooting his mouth off without having all the facts first? We’re all SHOCKED!

  • Catherine

    June 15, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    DeSantis is a fascist who wants to bring us back to the 19 20s with a bunch of Stepford wives staying at home and obeying their husband

    • Thomas Kaspar

      June 15, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      Actually read the legislation .

  • Kk

    June 15, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Who give DeSantis the right to put down the gay community can we please move forward from this dam woke and address the teal problems in America like the homeless and high ass rent. No one has yet to speak on these topics

  • Paula

    June 15, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    Ron DeSantis, Ron DaSantis, or Ron DuhSantis or whatever you want to call him is way over his head. He is the worst Governor that we have had in Florida. He does not like African American people, Gat people, Democrats, or anyone who does not agree with him. He has ruined the schools down here. It is very disheartening. He needs to go away!

    • Terri

      June 17, 2023 at 9:18 pm

      AGREE!!

  • Linda Lee Byars

    June 15, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    All I know is DeSantis and Trump cult deserve each other. Leave America out of your misinformation. You are bad for America in all you do.🇺🇸

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 15, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    How was Governor DeSantis performance in hurricane recovery?

  • Sherri Arrington

    June 15, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Ron DeSantis need get he’ll out of Florida let’s talked-about the real problem America have like high food prices high rent he so worry about black people and the LGBT we all God people I don’t see nothing he doing but mess the state of Florida up we need Governor that really care about the America people it’s time for us stand up to him vote his ass out send him back where he come from and get someone who really care caused its show ain’t him he’s @ big bullying I’m tired hear about him

    • Dav>d

      June 15, 2023 at 11:16 pm

      He’s from Florida

    • Thomas Kaspar

      June 16, 2023 at 10:01 am

      He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. DeSantis joined the United States Navy in 2004 and was promoted to lieutenant before serving as a legal advisor to SEAL Team One. He was stationed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2006, and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. When he returned to the U.S. about eight months later, the U.S. Department of Justice appointed DeSantis to serve as a Special Assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, a position he held until his honorable discharge from active military duty in 2010.

      • Marilyn J Frank

        June 16, 2023 at 11:15 am

        Thank you for bring up this important information about Governor DeSantis. I am so disappointed to read all the above information from the people prior to your article. They have no idea about American life. If it is ever taken away from us they will really be sorry. They have no idea what a wonderful country we live in. Perhaps they should go to Russia, China, or one of those other eastern countries, live there for a couple of years and see why people are trying to come and live here.

      • Michael K

        June 17, 2023 at 8:26 am

        So he has an elitist pedigree? That does not make him a good person, a qualified person, or a decent person, nor does it guarantee that he has good character and and good judgement. And it certainly does not automatically make him a fair person or compassionate leader.

        • Thomas Kaspar

          June 17, 2023 at 9:19 am

          If you think joining the military to defend US freedoms is an “elitist pedigree” then your mind is FUBAR .

        • Terri

          June 17, 2023 at 9:31 pm

          ABSOLUTELY!!!

      • Terri

        June 17, 2023 at 9:26 pm

        So what’s your point? A lot of great American’s have done the same, but they aren’t bigots like DeSatan! He is ruining Florida and will ruin America IF he become President!!!

        • Terri

          June 17, 2023 at 9:30 pm

          That was Thomas K

  • Kevin Christopher McGarry

    June 16, 2023 at 11:55 am

    4 USC Ch. 1: THE FLAG………………..
    (c) No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea, when the church pennant may be flown above the flag during church services for the personnel of the Navy.

    • Bert Stimson

      June 16, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      Sorry Kevbo, the US Flag flying atop the White House makes the placement of all other flags moot.

  • Lou W

    June 16, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

  • Ron DeSantis wears High Heels

    June 16, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Die mad about it Rhonda.

  • Dan Liftman

    June 16, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Well said!

  • Tali

    June 16, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    I agree the only flag that should be flown at the white house is the American flag. It’s not inclusive to fly a gay pride flag when the straight pride flag isn’t being flown too. If you think this statement sounds ridiculous, you’re right. There is no need for any pride flags to be flown because your thoughts about yourself and your sexual orientation has no bearing on citizenship. We are all Americans. That is a fact. It’s time to get rid of this perverted agenda and keep the freedom that the country affords us. Just remember your rights end when they infringe on other’s rights. If it weren’t this way, you would have other’s pushing their agenda on you. I think DeSantis will make a great president and think he’s exactly the cure for this sick country.

    • Bert Stimson

      June 16, 2023 at 2:59 pm

      Okay groomer

    • Michael K

      June 16, 2023 at 10:58 pm

      If true, then why are the basic rights of LGBTQ people, women, and Black people being erased or eroded? Truth is, far right Republicans need a boogeyman to hate. This year, it’s back to scapegoating LGBTQ people. And women. And Black people. And Hispanic people. All to throw red meat at poorly educated white people (as Trump calls them) to voter against their own self interest and feel better because they think someone is lower in status than they are. It’s sick and perverse, but it’s all they got.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 16, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    That’s not a reality in society . You are hard wired with victim mentality and false entitlement. The whining bullshit has gone way to far .

    • Rhonda can't hear you

      June 17, 2023 at 1:30 pm

      Thomas, Rhonda can’t hear you, and that’s anybody’s best guess for whom you’d write “. You are hard wired with victim mentality and false entitlement. The whining bullshit has gone way to far” to. If you’re address some other commenter, Thomas, use their name.

  • fred green

    June 17, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    i wonder if lying is immoral since the gop leader does it so often.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    June 17, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Free Florida is the best state in America conehead .

  • Terri

    June 17, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    You really need to get a grip on your soul! you are just as ignorance as DeSatan!!!

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