Ron DeSantis blames Kamala Harris for national ‘decline’
Kamala Harris continues to scratch out a lead over Ron DeSantis in a hypothetical matchup.

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'You can't be operating in bad faith against your political opponents, 24/7.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is talking about debates with California Democrats in Iowa, including one debate that isn’t happening and another that is.

During remarks in Winneshiek County, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate took issue with Vice President Kamala Harris, who rejected his invitation to discuss Black history standards in Tallahassee, as well as Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will debate DeSantis in November on Fox News.

“This is why our country is in decline, quite frankly, people like Kamala,” DeSantis contended, as he condemned the Vice President for having “identified one thing and she demagogued it to say that somehow these Black history scholars were saying slavery was somehow good.”

Harris, in two trips to Florida in recent weeks, blasted a benchmark in the standards: “Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.”

“They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, in an attempt to divide and distract our nation with unnecessary debates. And now they attempt to legitimize these unnecessary debates with a proposal that most recently came in of a politically motivated roundtable,” Harris said, referring to DeSantis’ challenge to debate her about the slavery language in the curriculum, which she rejected.

“There were no redeeming qualities of slavery,” Harris said.

The Governor denounced her attacks as groundless on political opponents.

“You can’t be operating in bad faith against your political opponents, 24/7,” DeSantis lamented. “You can’t be doing fake narratives, and we have some Republicans that actually sided with Kamala’s lies just to try to get cheap shots in on me.”

The Governor was no more positive about Gov. Newsom, meanwhile, though he did suggest that debate in the fall “is instructive about which direction is America going to go.”

“The people that are pushing Joe Biden and that are running the show there, they believe in the California leftism,” DeSantis said, before suggesting either of the California Democrats could end up topping the ticket.

“Then you have the situation, Biden may not even be the candidate. I mean, you know, let’s just be clear, you could have Kamala, you could have Newsom, you could have some other people, you know, that will end up doing it.”

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


17 comments

  • Tom

    August 4, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Whiney little bugger isn’t he. Imagine, politicians taking cheap shots … That would never happen 😂

  • JD

    August 4, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    Kettle Black and there’s no need to get cheap shots as they fodder is provided:
    ““You can’t be operating in bad faith against your political opponents, 24/7,” DeSantis lamented. “You can’t be doing fake narratives, and we have some Republicans that actually sided with Kamala’s lies just to try to get cheap shots in on me.””

  • Dale A Arnold

    August 4, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Oh they couldn’t possibly have a genuine concern.
    No it’s all about Ron! What a empty suit!

  • Tjb

    August 4, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Ron tries to outdo Trump with his rhetoric, but he only looks so small and weak every time that he opens his mouth. Ron, you never had Roy Cohn as a teacher, so shut up before you get your throat…

  • M. Mouse

    August 4, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    She’s Black! She’s a Woman! Run for your lives, says Ron Boy, she’ll be the ruin of us all.
    Squeak!

  • My Take

    August 4, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    GOPers, regarding VP Harris:
    1. She does nothing, totaĺly wìthout effect.
    2. It’s ALL her fault, the national decline.

  • Rotten Ron

    August 4, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    So he’s fine bullying little kids about masks but when a woman gives him some crap, he whines like a baby. Putin and Xi Jinping must be laughing their a$$es off.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 4, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Rhonda’s standard were just recently published, so I’m not sure how Harris’ so-called “chirping” cause a declination of the nation in 3 weeks.

  • tom palmer

    August 4, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    I guess everything is no longer Hillary’s fault.

  • Joe

    August 4, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Well sure he does, because he’s a racist.

  • Bert Stimson

    August 4, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    ““You can’t be operating in bad faith against your political opponents, 24/7,” said the craven hypocritical pipsqueak who has never seen himself in a mirror. Lol, he is hilariously un-self-aware.

  • BigRoy7

    August 4, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    In the world 🌎 of some of these Republicans, the Democrats are at fault for almost everything, from their views. They are at fault for nothing? The VPres is at fault now? What is, or who’s next in their world? The former president blames the Dems for his troubles, but he has given thought 💭 about WHO has gotten him indicted. Every last one of his persecutors are Republicans with evidence to possibly send him to big lock 🔒 up! Even his former Vice President, is now telling the truth about his master plan, that he(VP) didn’t agree with! Wow , but it’s the Dems that doing him wrong and causing this great country of ours problems, ? Wow 😮—😑.

  • My Take

    August 5, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Has she been blamed yet for the armadillos and the leprosy?

    • Shorty

      August 5, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      Lay around for it’s coming

  • Shorty

    August 5, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Did this Fool say he invited her to talk about Black history He is white trying to explain to blacks how slavery was beneficial first off he going to get a teacher beat down for spinning his Bull Why not cancel History if truth can’t be told hell should be an elective at this point Fantasy

  • My Take

    August 5, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    It’s true.
    America is in decline in certain ways.
    It’s freedoms and values are under grim assault.
    The barbarians are aĺready inside the gate!
    But the barbarians are Republicans,

  • jrhmobile

    August 5, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    First off, Ol’ Puddin’ Fingers flatters himself if he thinks he’s going to be challenging Kamala Harris on the national stage. And second of all, Ronnie has no room to talk about anybody operating in bad faith …

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