Ron DeSantis: Axe federal agencies or use them to fight ‘woke ideology’
Ron DeSantis' plan to take control of the Reedy Creek Improvement District meets union resistance.

If Congress doesn't go along, DeSantis said the agencies could be weaponized to 'push back against woke ideology.'

Ron DeSantis is ready to shrink the federal government by eliminating a number of its functions and Departments.

“We would do (The Department of) Education, we would do Commerce, we do Energy and we would do (the) IRS. And so if Congress will work with me on doing that, we’ll be able to reduce the size and scope of government,” DeSantis said on Fox News.

The Governor and 2024 presidential candidate quickly allowed that the legislative branch may not be open to those cuts.

“But what I’m also going to do,” he told host Martha MacCallum, “is be prepared if Congress won’t go that far.”

The Governor suggested those parts of the government could be weaponized in the culture war.

“I’m going to use those agencies to push back against woke ideology and against the leftism that we see creeping into all institutions of American life,” DeSantis said.

“So for example, with the Department of Education, we reverse all the transgender sports stuff. Women’s sports should be protected.”

If that came to pass, federal law would look like Florida, which banned the participation of transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s amateur sports in 2021.

“We reverse policies trying to inject the curriculum into our schools,” DeSantis said. “That will all be gone. We will make sure we have an accreditation system for higher ed, which is not trying to foment more things like (diversity, equity and inclusion) and (critical race theory).”

Florida is offering challenges to federal control on this front also. Attorney General Ashley Moody filed suit last week challenging what DeSantis calls an “accreditation cartel,” as the state seeks alternatives to the “unappointed, unelected accrediting agency (that could) trump what the state of Florida is doing.”

“So we’ll be prepared to do both,” DeSantis said Wednesday. “Either way it will be a win for conservatives.”

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


  • Jay Smif

    June 28, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Yeah, this fascist clown that thinks he’s Queen of Florida will never, ever taste power at the national level, and is the biggest threat to democracy that the nation faces today.

  • Dont Say FLA

    June 28, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Rhonda fights against “woke” because if his voters learned about “woke,” they might realize they, poor MAGA whites, THEY are today’s n_____s. Hi. It’s MAGAs. They’re the problem. It’s them.

  • John Lentini

    June 28, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    How does Rhonda Santis hope to collect taxes if he abolishes the IRS? What an idiot!

    • Dr. Franklin Waters

      June 29, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      Abolishing the IRS has been a far-right wing talking point for decades. Instead these idiots want to move to something called the “Fair Tax”, where instead of an income tax, they’d create like a 25% Federal sales tax on everything.

      The argument being it taxes consumption, not income.

      The problem with that is it will greatly impact the poor and middle class while leaving the wealth paying even less taxes than they do now.

      The super-wealthy don’t spend all their money. They save and hoard it. While those people living paycheck to paycheck will see almost their entire income taxed because they need to spend it all just to get by. And that’s why this nonsense is always only being promoted by billionaires who try to convince the idiots who listen to nothing but AM Talk radio that this is a “good thing”.

  • ScienceBLVR

    June 28, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    It seems to me at this point, DeSantis is just throwing the plate of spaghetti against the wall and seeing what sticks. These are ridiculous ideas and he knows he doesn’t have the ability to eliminate them, but it does make for a nice sound bite. If he did make it to the big show, I’m sure you’d still hear about that wall Trump didn’t build, but this other stupid stuff would just be shown in clips on FOX.

  • Earl Pitts American

    June 28, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Good evening America,
    Trump played a big game at “Draining The Swamp” remember???? Sure you do.
    But Trump’s “Swamp” only consisted of nameless faceless “Washington DC Insiders”.
    Desantis, on the other hand, is naming entire Agencys: Education, Commerce, Energy, The IRS. I, Earl Pitts American, ask you:
    A.) Trump’s nameless, faceless, D C “Insider Boogy Men”
    B.) Desantis’ Education, Commerce, Energy, and The IRS.
    Whos serious now?
    Who would the “Real Swamp”: Education, Commerce, Energy, The IRS rather loose to?
    The left is deathly fearfull of loosing to Desantis.
    The left does not care at all about Trump.
    Anyone caught voting for Trump or supporting him will forever be branded “A Dook 4 Brains RINO” .
    Be Under Lifetime Chastizement with No Parol from me, Earl Pitts American.
    You have been warned I, Earl Pitts American, am not playing with you people.
    Unfortunatly America, this is non-negoatable, and a total mandate from me, Earl Pitts American. Other than that everyone have a nice evening.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Don’t Look Up

      June 28, 2023 at 6:10 pm


    • WhatNow

      June 29, 2023 at 9:47 am

      For God’s sake PLEASE take your meds, dude.

    • Elliott Offen

      June 29, 2023 at 12:57 pm

      Report Earl Pitts Russian troll to Florida Politics for vandalizing the website with stupidity, false information, hate speech, and harassment.

      • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

        June 29, 2023 at 2:49 pm

        Earl Pitts is a pedo and sex offender who was convicted for raping a child. He should be locked up, or worse.
        (My user name links to his arrest record)

        Designation:Sexual Offender
        Name:EARL W PITTS III
        Status:Released – Subject to Registration
        Dept of Corrections #:V38476

        Lewd, Lascivious batt sex w/victim 12-15 years old; F.S. 800.04(4)(a)

  • Suze

    June 28, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Has anyone checked what percentage of ownership DeathSantis has in the new accreditation system he wants to use to prove kids have been indoctrinated to false white nationalist history?? He must be getting a kick back like the Law review course he started !

  • PeterH

    June 28, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • Bill Pollard

    June 28, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Il Duce the Second doesn’t want education, commerce or the collection of taxes? I’m surprised anyone takes him seriously.

  • My Take

    June 29, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Deᛋᛋantis is loved by Nazis but is more a two-bit fascist himself: a clownish performer of look-at-me stunts and deliverer of arcane diatribes from the paranoid fever swamp of his mind on some supposed wicked world of woke. A loud sideshow.

  • SteveHC

    June 29, 2023 at 9:44 am

    I’m beginning to think that this guy’s not merely an American fascist but quite possibly at heart a neo-Nazi.

  • Eduardo Slaveen Dot Com 👍

    June 29, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    That’s too bad these agencies are already woke and will not listen to a word he says. Republicans are obstructionists and saboteurs of government…thus shouldn’t be in government. I don’t know how long it will take for idiots to realize this.

  • Go Woke OR Go Broke!

    June 29, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Why is this guy so obsessed with this crap? It’s weird and gross.

    The truth is, the VAST majority of American’s are woke.
    That’s why you see so many brands now not being shy about celebrating Pride month, temporarily changing their social media logos to include Pride flags, and stuff like that.

    They’ve run the numbers. For every bigot they scare away, they’ll gain 10 more customers because they’ve shown they care about inclusion.

    The truth is: Go Woke OR Go Broke!

  • Jake Tapper

    June 29, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    Why is Rhonda Dee Santis trying to turn into me? They are supposed to be Littler Trump, not be me!

  • Panties In a Wad

    June 29, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Was “Panties in a wad” the right choice for your campaign platform when your name lends itself to mocking statements about Rhonda’s Panties? This guy, he is not a bright one.

    All they got is: Rhonda’s Panties are all in a wad, so you should elect him to be President of the USA!

    Lol @ Stupid Rhonda

  • Tjb

    June 29, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t care about Ron’s war against
    Woke. I care more about how do I pay my property insurance that double in cost in a year. Also, if I went with the state’s insurance backed company, Citizens… my insurance would have more than triple in cost. Help me Ron with real issues.

  • My Take

    June 29, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    Il Duce – “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

    Il Douche – “Antiwokism is whatever the rich and powerful and their dumb racist-stooge voters like.”

    About the same.

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