Ron DeSantis spox attacks Byron Donalds’ ‘swing for the liberal media’
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'Supposed conservatives in the federal government are pushing the same false narrative that originated from the White House.'

A Black Republican Congressman from Florida who backs Donald Trump for President is taking fire from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokesperson.

Supposed conservatives in the federal government are pushing the same false narrative that originated from the White House,” Jeremy Redfern tweeted to Rep. Byron Donalds on Wednesday.

Florida isn’t going to hide the truth for political convenience,” Redfern added. “Maybe the congressman shouldn’t swing for the liberal media fences like Vice President Kamala Harris.”

Redfern quote-tweeted Donalds objecting to a controversial passage in the 216-page set of guidelines.

“The new African-American standards in FL are good, robust, & accurate. That being said, the attempt to feature the personal benefits of slavery is wrong & needs to be adjusted. That obviously wasn’t the goal & I have faith that the Florida Department of Education will correct this,” Donalds said.

Donalds also responded to Redfern’s attacks directly.

“What’s crazy to me is I expressed support for the vast majority of the new African American history standards and happened to oppose one sentence that seemed to dignify the skills gained by slaves as a result of their enslavement,” he tweeted.

“Anyone who can’t accurately interpret what I said is disingenuous and is desperately attempting to score political points. Just another reason why l’m proud to have endorsed President Donald J. Trump!”

Redfern’s reference to Harris was deliberate, given her speech at Jacksonville’s Ritz Theater last week, in which she accused the DeSantis Administration of “gaslighting” people on how slavery’s “benefits” are handled in the standards.

“Adults know what slavery really involved — come on! It involves rape. It involves torture. It involves taking a baby from their mother. It involved some of the worst examples of depriving people of humanity in our world. It involves subjecting people to the requirement that they would think of themselves as less than human,” Harris said.

“So in the context of that, how is it that anyone could suggest that in the midst of these atrocities, that there was any benefit to being subjected to this level of dehumanization?” she added. “That in the midst of these atrocities there were some benefits?”

It is unclear if the Department of Education will be of any help, given Secretary Manny Diaz Jr. defended the standards in response to Donalds.

“The federal government won’t dictate Florida’s education standards. This new curriculum is based on truth. We will not back down from teaching our nation’s true history at the behest of a woke White House, nor at the behest of a supposedly conservative congressman,” Diaz tweeted.

He also defended the whole product in total during a Tuesday radio interview. He framed the language as the inclusion of “stories of individuals, individual slaves who through their perseverance, their strength, their resiliency, figured out how to acquire skills despite the fact that these atrocities were being committed, despite the fact that they were in a system where human beings were being owned.”

DeSantis has condemned Harris’ position as a politicized “hoax,” meanwhile.

“They talk in gory detail, a lot of the bad in American history, including of course the injustice of slavery, but she is trying to perpetuate a hoax and I know they’re using it to attack me because Biden’s administration and Harris has been attacking me since they got in office and they’re always attacking Florida,” he said Tuesday on Fox News.

Redfern said the comments by him and Diaz spoke for themselves.

Donalds, meanwhile, offered further response on Twitter Wednesday night.

“What’s crazy to me is I expressed support for the vast majority of the new African American history standards and happened to oppose one sentence that seemed to dignify the skills gained by slaves as a result of their enslavement. Anyone who can’t accurately interpret what I said is disingenuous and is desperately attempting to score political points.”

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


9 comments

  • JD

    July 26, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    I love the “FAKE NEWS” line.

    BS “The Ronalds McDonalds” et al. No one’s buying it.

    You all (GOP) dipped your toe into the fascist and racist ilk into your tent and now we have all the clean up the Republic because you couldn’t clean up your party or stand up to Trump when you had the chance.

    F*cking amateurs. When are the adults coming back to the table?

    I blame those assh*les the Kochs.

  • PeterH

    July 26, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    Don’t expect the Florida Department of Education to cave to common sense! The deceptive practices of reinventing historical fact to their advantage is common practice.

    A Republican Party in complete chaos, controversy and contradiction …… postulates an advantage for Democrats.

  • Denny

    July 26, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Even someone I admire as much as Byron Donalds can get caught pandering sometimes. Too bad.

  • tom palmer

    July 26, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Ron DeSantis’ attempt to distance himself from all of this rings false or his folks would not have taken time to comment, No, he did not write the curriculum, but the people who did are politically astute enough to know what not to write.

  • Matthew L Deckert

    July 26, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    “Adults know what slavery really involved — come on! It involves rape. It involves torture. It involves taking a baby from their mother. It involved some of the worst examples of depriving people of humanity in our world. It involves subjecting people to the requirement that they would think of themselves as less than human,” Harris said”.

    This is the existing American black “culture”
    today. The Majority of black Americans today behave like animals with no sense of morality or the knowledge of right and wrong. The culture is animalistic and without morals and we are being pushed to except their bad behavior and to feel like we are to blame for
    It. I say FU, and F anyone who pushes this bullshit. I’m not to blame and you aren’t either so suck it.

    • To the Angry Apparent Racist

      July 26, 2023 at 9:04 pm

      Wow. Play the victim while dehumanizing much?

    • My Take

      July 26, 2023 at 9:05 pm

      You act like they all live in small towns.

    • Martin P

      July 26, 2023 at 11:21 pm

      FU idiot!!! Black history is American history, it is not parenthetical. But Ron Desegregationist doesn’t understand that. He also forgets that his people were not on the Mayflower. In fact the same people he’s trying to emulate used to lynch his Italian ancestor’s right there in the South. In fact Italians were not considered white when they arrived in this country. Maybe it’s time we vote for politician’s that believe in American nationalism, because it is time to define ourselves as one united nation.

    • Mark

      July 28, 2023 at 2:37 am

      Well, I’ll give you credit for using your name. Beyond that, the usual racist diatribe. “The culture us animalistic without morals and we are being pushed to accept their bad behaviors and to feel like we are to blame for it” Describes Trumpazees, January 6 insurrectionists and any DeathSantis appointee to a T.

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