Ron DeSantis credits himself with creating Florida ‘pride’ because he took on Anthony Fauci

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The Governor said Florida lacked the pride Texans have in their state until he came along.

During an interview with Russell Brand, Florida’s Governor again took credit for bringing “pride” to Florida, this time referencing a familiar foe.

Ron DeSantis said Floridians are as proud of their state as Texans, in part because he took on Anthony Fauci.

“I was born and raised in Florida. And while I’ve always loved the state, we didn’t have the same type of pride growing up that, say, people in Texas have about Texas. And yet in the last few years, particularly since I’ve been Governor, we’ve developed that pride and I think a lot of it is rooted in the fact that we told people like Fauci to take a hike during COVID,” DeSantis said.

The Governor has made crediting himself with Florida “pride” a refrain when talking to people out of state (or in the case of Brand, outside the country itself).

During an interview with friendly talk show host Steve Deace, DeSantis explained 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 last week.

In addition to “pride,” the Governor credited 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 to Deace.

He also gave himself credit for such in New Hampshire.

After repeating the “born-and-raised-in-Florida” refrain at a New Hampshire GOP dinner this spring, DeSantis said, “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


  • Silly Wabbit

    July 21, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    He kwazy.

  • M. Mouse

    July 21, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    He’s lost in his own little Fantasyland!

  • PeterH

    July 21, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    Per capita, Florida experienced more COVID deaths than California! DeSantis considers that a win!

    • Real Thomas Kaspar

      July 21, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      As long as they were all Boomers, I’m cool with that.

      • ABScar

        July 21, 2023 at 3:22 pm

        Interesting comment, since DeSantis is Gen X, and plenty of people younger than boomers died during Covid.

        Generalizing about huge generations is stupid, lazy thinking.

      • TJC

        July 21, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        Apparently DeSantis was cool with it, too. What a leader.

  • ScienceBLVR

    July 21, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    “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.”
    Not a bad slogan??? Where men are men???
    As a Floridian, I’m embarrassed, as someone who identifies as female, I’m disgusted, as a human, I’m ashamed.

    • My Take

      July 21, 2023 at 11:28 pm

      “Where men are men,
      And sheep run scared!”
      . . . is the way I first heard it decades ago.
      The Greaseman?

    • Lucy

      July 22, 2023 at 11:54 am


  • Earl Pitts "Desantis UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American" American

    July 21, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Desantis did better with Covid in Florida than Trump did with Covid nationwide.
    Desantis had real people to look out for while Trump was looking out for the swamp which he refused to drain.
    Trump is the one the left wants to run against.
    Think about it.

    • Tjb

      July 21, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      Florida has the 13th worst Covid death rate on a per capita basis in the USA. Florida’s Covid death rate was1.5 times greater than California, a state that DeSantis often mocked for having a poor policy towards Covid. Sad that Desantis dumps on Fauci. Has anyone looked at the Red States and their poor records on Covid death.

      • Pastor Pasta

        July 21, 2023 at 4:33 pm

        I have and it ain’t pretty!

  • Josh Green

    July 21, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Can’t spell Moron, without Ron!

  • Michael K

    July 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Notice how he “builds pride” by tearing people and institutions down. He’s built nothing up. Nothing. He mistakes destroying things with “pride.”

    That’s not governance, that’s selfish recklessness.

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