Ron DeSantis claims Kamala Harris can’t handle ‘honest history’
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The Governor continues to respond to the VP's speech last week.

Gov. Ron DeSantis stuck to a largely economic message during his only formal speech Wednesday, but couldn’t resist discussing the state’s education agenda — and the Vice President who opposes it.

DeSantis, addressing the American Legislative Executive Council conference in Orlando, claimed Kamala Harris couldn’t handle “honest history” when it came to how Florida approaches the Black experience, specifically slavery.

“We are teaching the honest history — good, bad and ugly — teaching all the injustices with respect to slavery and a whole bunch of other things that happened. But that’s not good enough for them,” DeSantis said, defending a 216-page set of guidelines approved by a Florida Department of Education task force last week.

He condemned “people like Kamala Harris” for “trying to perpetuate a hoax saying that these African American history scholars, many of whom were Black, some of them who descended from slaves, are creating a curriculum saying it was good.”

Harris objected to language in the standards that claimed slavery benefited enslaved people by teaching them skills, saying the DeSantis administration was trying to “gaslight” Black people about the horrors of slavery.

“Are you kidding me? Who believes such nonsense? And so it’s a total hoax,” DeSantis said.

“Why are they doing that? Why would they come down, when you have all these other problems, come down to Florida and lie about something that’s readily checkable?”

DeSantis added, “They know in Florida we are contesting their right to use the schools to advance their agenda.”

During the speech, the Governor also touched on changes at the state’s public honors institution of higher learning, New College of Florida, arguing the professors leaving the school given the Governor’s moves to turn it into a crucible of conservatism won’t be missed.

“We’ve seen a flood of applications coming,” DeSantis said. “You know, the media will say, ‘Oh, some of these professors are leaving, like, New College. Like, isn’t that bad? Is that a brain drain?'”

The Governor answered his own question.

“Well, you know, if you’re a professor in, like, you know, Marxist studies, that’s not a loss for Florida if you’re going on. Trust me, I’m totally good with that.”

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


13 comments

  • Linwood Wright

    July 26, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    This is absolutely f*cking hilarious coming from this guy.

  • PeterH

    July 26, 2023 at 2:03 pm

    A Republican candidate’s continual inflammatory attack of a black women who just happens to be a well liked and highly respected Vice President is certainly a winning strategy for Democrats! Keep it up Ron!

    • Carol

      July 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      Well liked by whom? Groundbreaking low approval numbers, can’t utter a complete sentence. Slept her way into office. She’s Biden’s insurance policy.

      • My Take

        July 26, 2023 at 9:12 pm

        Petty loser women hate and demean sttong successful women.

      • Caroline

        July 27, 2023 at 8:46 am

        Right on! I think many comments pro this administration are BOTS. They are supported by the dirt stirring left leaning media.

      • Al

        July 27, 2023 at 10:14 am

        Well liked by the majority of voters, that’s why she was elected.

  • The.Truth.Comes.Out.In.The.End

    July 26, 2023 at 2:04 pm

    Welcome to Disantistan… Rhonda would not know honesty if it bit him, and it just might do that based on his Presidential race…

  • My Take

    July 26, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Slavery Symp DeSSgustus wòuld gàg on truth.

  • Igary salters

    July 26, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    TALKING ABOUT CAN’T HANLE HONEST HISTORY SAID THE RACIST WHITE MAN ENOUGH SAID

  • Ian

    July 26, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I’m embarrassed this clown is our governor

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 26, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Whether or not VP Harris can deal with history, at least she can deal with reality. Unlike little Rhonda, going on and on like he will ever get anywhere with Trump’s leftover Nazi voters plus exactly NOBODY else.

  • Joe

    July 26, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Lil Ronnie D can’t handle honesty of any kind. He is a craven spineless hypocrite, pandering to angry racists and gullible rubes on behalf of Putin and/or Satan.

  • Robbin

    July 28, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    Do all harvard students talk (like well you know)He is on trip. By time is done with Fl, there not be any Middle cless only the rich, and very poor. We the people must stand up and vote him out.
    Peace

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