Ron DeSantis grouses about ‘gender studies’ degrees being paid for by ‘truck drivers’

DeSantis Iowa Never Back Down
'It's not fair to say the taxpayer should pay for those.'

The Supreme Court shot down President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness scheme, but that isn’t stopping Ron DeSantis from griping about it.

During Thursday’s remarks in Chariton, Iowa, the Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate fretted about “truck drivers” being on the hook for paying for “gender studies” degrees.

“And I look at … all these student loans that people have, and it’s not fair to say the taxpayer should pay for those,” DeSantis said. “You’re going to have a truck driver pay for someone’s degree in gender studies. No, that doesn’t make sense.”

DeSantis made these arguments before the Supreme Court decision this summer, and he seems intent upon staying the course even as the John Roberts court ruled against the unilateral cancellation of $10,000 in loans for all borrowers and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients.

As he had before, the Governor also suggested universities should be held accountable for degrees that lack immediate economic utility.

“I also think these colleges and universities should be on the hook for the loans because they are responsible for providing a good education. They take all this money themselves with the federal government student loans and they want people to be in school for six years,” DeSantis said.

“They don’t care about the types of degrees. If they were on the hook for the loans, you would see zombie studies disappear. You’d see more very practical subjects being taught.”

While the previous student loan forgiveness plan is off the table, the Biden Administration is following through on plans to discharge long-term loans for borrowers who have satisfied their obligations of 20 years paying undergraduate loans or 25 years paying graduate loans, fulfilling the intent of a rule enacted during the George W. Bush administration. To that end, the Department of Education is resolving payment counts previously mishandled by loan servicers.

Based on the remarks, it was unclear if DeSantis objects to the ongoing process of resolving the inaccurate payment counts that have kept low and middle-income borrowers paying the debt for longer than federal law requires.

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    July 27, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Newsflash for Rhonda: Most big rig drivers today are, in your language, “femoids.” Why? Insurance costs less.

    You know Casey doesn’t let him drive, so it’s not that he’s driving. Rhonda must be too short to see from the passenger seat up in the cab door windows of big rigs.

    LOL @ Shorty Rhonda thinking truck driving is a MAN JOB. Ya dip stick. I bet there’s even drag queen truck drivers, Rhonda. You okay Rhonda? Oops Rhonda’s stroking out like Mitch did yesterday. Sorries!

  • Silly Wabbit

    July 27, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    He kwazy.

  • Cunt Jill

    July 27, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Whiny cunt

  • Who does want to pay taxes?

    July 27, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Who DOES want to pay taxes?

    Do we enjoy funding Rhonda’s special anti-trans, anti-gay, anti-drag-queen, anti-Disney, anti-opposition, show-me-your-Rhonda-Club-Card Florida State Guard?


  • JD

    July 27, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Wait, how much ROI does a History degree have on the open market? Not much more than a Gender Studies degree.

    • My Take

      July 27, 2023 at 3:20 pm

      I was jusr thinking the same.

  • Anti Gender Studies Too

    July 27, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Rhonda is against gender studies? Shocking.

    Could that be why 90% of US women hate Rhonda? And why 11% of Magga males do like Rhonda?

    Maybe Rhonda should have taken gender studies during his so-called Ivy League education.

  • DeSantards Arise

    July 27, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Lots of Great Bay Distributor drivers lost their job because of the Bud Light boycott. Maybe blame yourself and your constituents.

  • Earl Pitts American

    July 27, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Good evening America,
    Polling has indicated that there 23 homertestical truckers in the Great Land of The United States of America and an entire 50% are agreeable to signing up for The IRS to deduct an extra 1% of their income to pay help fund other peoples gender studies.
    Folks thats 11 or 12 twinkle toes truckers willing to foot the bill. I just dont see a problem.
    Earl Pitts American

  • Michael K

    July 27, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    Funny how the ivy-league educated DeSantis has turned anti-intellectual. He is supposed to have a history degree, which evidently was a huge waste of money.

  • wendy

    July 28, 2023 at 9:51 am

    He’s totally fine with all FL taxpayers paying for his campaign travel expenses though, but we can’t see what they are because he got his toadies to let him hide it all.

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