Ron DeSantis repeats claim he brought ‘pride’ to Florida by being Governor

'I never thought I'd see that in Florida.'

Ron DeSantis says people didn’t have “pride” in being Floridians before he was elected Governor.

During an interview with friendly talk show host Steve Deace, DeSantis explained that people in the Sunshine State are now proud, much like people in Texas are of their state identity.

“I can tell you what we’ve seen in the last few years has developed a sense of pride in the state, particularly amongst our people, that rivals or exceeds the type of pride you’d see in a state like Texas. I never thought I’d see that in Florida,” DeSantis said.

In addition to “pride,” the Governor credits himself with bringing “excitement” to the state.

“People were excited, have been excited, about what we’ve done. But the excitement is in the results that are produced. The excitement is when something is wrong, they know that I’ll show up and I’ll make it right,” DeSantis said.

The Governor has credited himself with bringing “pride” to Florida before, though this is the first time he likened it to Texas. He also gave himself credit for such in New Hampshire.

“I was born and raised in Florida, and it’s only been recently that we’ve developed a sense of state pride ourselves,” DeSantis said at a New Hampshire GOP dinner this spring. “We’re proud to have stood up for freedom in the last few years when it wasn’t easy. We did it our own way and I’m proud of that.”

“But I must admit, we draw inspiration from the people here in New Hampshire,” DeSantis continued. “Because more than any other state, you don’t mince words when it comes to your stand on liberty. You say it very clearly: Live Free or Die.”

He returned to that theme in May.

“Florida’s got moxie,” DeSantis said, apparently quoting a magazine in talking about the “pride” he says the state now has.

“Basically they said, you know, it’s the free state of Florida where woke is broke, where men are men and where business is booming,” DeSantis continued. “And I’m like, you know what? That’s not a bad slogan.”

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


  • Thomas Kaspar

    July 13, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    Governor DeSantis had excellent performance through COVID and catastrophic hurricane.
    No gives a shit about your constant gay-centric criticism. 22M people in Florida and about 5,000 whining fairies.

    • Rob Desantos

      July 13, 2023 at 11:37 pm

      Bigot Thomas Kaspar GOES THERE with this comment, ok guy. Your tiny gov is actually an embarrassment to your state and a harbinger of future ills to befall Florida.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 14, 2023 at 8:08 am

      Thomas, if gives a shit about “constant gay-centric criticism,” could you enlighten us here in the ignorant public as to why the Rhonda campaign platform consists almost exclusively of “constant gay-centric criticism?” (I say “almost” because of Rhonda’s expressed disdain for books and colleges. )

    • L E B

      July 14, 2023 at 9:54 am

      You are nothing but a homophobic, racist, fascist idiot Tommy Boy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      July 15, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      You kwazy.

  • JD

    July 13, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Governor DeSantis had an abysmal performance through COVID with the 12th highest per capita dead and would have sunk the state after our catastrophic hurricane if not for Federal funds released from President Biden.

    No gives a shit about the constant fan boy ass kissing. 22M people in Florida and about 5,000 cheerleading right wingers.

  • tom palmer

    July 13, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    If he means proud to be an ignoramus, I agree. I have lived in Florida since 1947. He is one of the worst governors in my memory though Rick Scott is a contender.

    • Ocean Joe

      July 14, 2023 at 7:04 am

      Here since 1955, can’t agree more. Problem is our population is new to Florida, prefers parking lots and tract housing to wilderness. We need to turn the air conditioning off for the month of August and thin out the herd.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 13, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    This man tries to be funny and fails. It’s a right wing police state, inhumane prisons, religious laws, low pay, s**t jobs, grifting, poor culture, weather is nice though and descent beaches.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 14, 2023 at 8:09 am

      It’s so weird how a guy that IS a joke, that guy is NOT funny.

  • My Take

    July 13, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    “Triumph of the Will” was a huge pride buider too.

  • J C

    July 13, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    He brought shame and headache and stupidity to Florida.
    The state legislature should be ashamed of themselves for being yes sir all the time for this crazy person who only care about himself and doesn’t give a damn for the people of Florida.
    His shit woke and war with Disney costing the state billions in $ and job .
    His anti immigration policies costing the farmer the crops and higher prices for the consumer and the tourism industry is struggling.

  • SteveHC

    July 13, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    aIt is likely that DeSantis has *triggered* a start to an inevitable economic decline for Florida. Whether or not the state’s next governor will take steps to try and reverse that of course remains to be seen but is unlikely as the state will continue to be dominated by its Republican Party and climate and insurance related issues will only get worse over time.

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    July 13, 2023 at 9:10 pm

    Good evening America,
    I, Earl Pitts American, feel its just a play on words which was cleverly designed to invoke an involuntary situation inside everyones brain to take control of everyones feelings by the use of “trigger” words which the left thinks are their own personal words.
    In this case the word “pride” is being cleverly used as a trigger word to evoke subconcious negative feelings twoards the left who hijacked both the word 1.) “Pride” and God’s Holy promise to Noah by hijacking the word 2.) “rainbow”.
    Clever indeed “The Ronald”.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Elliott Offen

      July 13, 2023 at 11:18 pm

      “Big voice far right wing”… yeah gonna get a golf club to the head eventually once they find out who you are. Gonna make Rubio canvasser incident look like a luxury massage package.

      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        July 14, 2023 at 9:23 am

        Thank you as always my main man Smelliott. Without our next level tag team of me, Earl Pitts American, stirring up the conservatives followed up by you, Smelliott Offen, counter punching by stirring up the leftists, neither of us could have singlehandedly obtained the high level of super-stardom as the most powerful and sought after “Social Media Influncers” that both of us enjoy today.
        And lest we forget our benevolant and beloved host, F. P. has enjoyed a skyrocketing level of readership from our fans, normal everyday Americans, visiting with the main reason to see what the premier tag team champions of the world of “Social Media Influncers” are up to on “The Earl And Smelliott Show”. BTW Net Flicks is still bothering me, Earl Pitts American, for a contract to do on-line streaming of “The Earl And Smelliott Show”.
        Thanks Smelliott,
        Earl Pitts “Social Media Influncer Extrodiniar” American

    • Tjb

      July 14, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      Are you the same Earl Pitts?
      Earl Pitts (born September 23, 1953) is a former FBI special agent who was convicted of espionage for selling information to Soviet and Russian intelligence services

      • Earl Pitts American

        July 14, 2023 at 8:21 pm

        Thank you Tjb,
        No that chump disgraced himself and his family name Pitts.
        Pitts is my middle name my last name is American. Keep in mind the time frame you are speaking of [1953] the FBI was different but still weird as it was directed under that closeted homertestical J. Edger Hoover. Always been a weird and creepy agency.
        Thank you for your inquiry,

  • PeterH

    July 13, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    DeSantis is Florida’s worst governor! This state has the highest inflation in the USA. 20 years of failed Republican leadership is on full display!

  • JD

    July 13, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    So the answer is simple. Vote the Republicans the f*ck out of office at all levels.

  • James B

    July 13, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    He brought record inflation while driving out all the home insurers. Good job Meatball.

    Honestly., only a complete moron could still support this tool.

  • My Take

    July 14, 2023 at 12:40 am

    You know what you need, Roehm-ie? Armbands. Distinctive armbands!

  • Suze

    July 14, 2023 at 7:20 am

    Delusions are false fixed beliefs. People with delusions respond well to medication. It’s time for DeathSantis to get treatment

  • Little Rhonda

    July 14, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Little Rhonda can say that, but that don’t make it true

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 14, 2023 at 8:14 am

    OH – he talking about the Proud Boys. Durrrrr. Good one, Rhonda. You DID bring “pride” to Florida. Proud Boys, full of their, ahem, white pride

  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    July 14, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Good mornting America,
    A 2 part request:
    Part 1.)
    I, Earl Pitts American, invite everybody to read all the comments made so far on the entire thread above from start to finish. Pay close attention to how childish, moronic, and down-right stupid all the leftist commentaters are. Hopefully you are not too disapointed and disgusted to engage in part 2 of this political lesson of the day.
    Part 2.)
    Now please go back and re-read just the wise, educated, and relevant postings of me, Earl Pitts “Social Media Influncer Extrodiner” American, and take note of the great political pure “D” genious level of truth and “On-time Relevent Information” you are receiving for free from me, Earl Pitts American.
    You are welcome America,
    Earl Pitts “He Does It Because He Cares” American

  • Marchers Outside Disney

    July 14, 2023 at 11:36 am

    We marchers outside Disney are very proud of Florida. We give all our support to Ron DeSantis as being Trump’s VP.

    If Ron runs in 2028 for the big boy job, at that time we will fully support Ron for Prez in 2028 since Trump would not be eligible for a 4th term.

    • Earl Pitts "The Earl of Florida" American

      July 14, 2023 at 12:33 pm

      Good afternoon Marchers,
      I, The Earl of Florida, am on my way over to Orlando with several Hot-Dog carts stocked full of dogs, lemonaid, and of course Beer to speak with you on why we are going with Ron Desantis as POTUS and “The Donald” Donald Trump as our Border Czar.
      Each Hot-Dog cart will be staffed with at least two of my, The Earl of Florida’s, Famous Bikini Girls In High Heels Crew Members to take good care of all your customer service wants. needs, and desires *as long as your desires are not too weird and/or too kinky*
      Thank you Marchers,
      Earl Pitts “The Earl of Florida” American

      • Marchers Outside Disney

        July 15, 2023 at 10:23 am

        Earl we’ll take your offer of hot dogs but please no bikini girls. We are incels and girls make us feel very uncomfortable. Our own little hot dogs get bothered and we don’t know what to do except go play online FPS games and hurl insults at the femoids which is something we will do anyways, so you might as well save the bikini girls the bother and/or save yourself the expense of hiring the bikini girls. Thank you for your support

  • Michael K

    July 15, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Yes! Florida is number one! Highest inflation in America. Thanks, Ron!

    • My Take

      July 15, 2023 at 12:09 am

      Florida uber Alles!

  • Mother Superior Slapshot, Bishop Hedman Academy

    July 15, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    My goodness gracious Mister Governor Ronald DeSantis, look how proud you are of yourself. And you think you have restored pride to the citizens of the state of Florida with all your mean-spirited bullying and your dissemination of hate, you silly little man? Lucky that you have sycophants around you to keep that foolish prideful grin on you face. Otherwise I believe you would deflate like a balloon with a little prick, bless your heart.

    • My Take

      July 15, 2023 at 2:45 pm

      You may be on to something.
      Gasbag inflation rather than weight may explain the roudness.

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