Ron DeSantis now claims ‘every urban core is a disaster zone’

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'The number one reason is because of lack of law and order.'

During a CNBC interview Monday, Ron DeSantis doubled down on a blanket denunciation of big cities that he rolled out on the campaign trail in Iowa.

“I mean, we can’t be successful as a country if every urban core in our country is a disaster zone,” DeSantis said. “Look at San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City. They’ve all declined significantly and the number one reason is because of lack of law and order.”

The Governor said there was a federal “role” in these jurisdictions, suggesting Washington could crack down on non-compliant prosecuting attorneys the way his government has against duly elected Andrew Warren and Monique Worrell, two Democrats who were elected only to be suspended and replaced with DeSantis political appointees.

“For example, with these prosecutors, you will have prosecutors elected that are ‘progressives’ and they say we’re not going to pursue charges in all these different crimes. That is not their decision to make,” DeSantis said.

In Iowa, for what it’s worth, DeSantis blamed bad schools for “urban” decay.

During a “Fair Side Chat” with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds Saturday, he groused that urban areas were “war zones,” all of which are “decaying.”

“You look at these urban areas in this country. Some of them are like war zones. You can’t be successful if every urban area is decaying,” DeSantis said, as part of comments making the case for “school choice.”

“Part of the reason it’s decaying is because the schools are horrible in places like Chicago and Los Angeles,” DeSantis added.

The Governor has made attacks on reliably Democratic cities part of his campaign pitch since even before he became a formal candidate. Clearly, the beat goes on.

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


  • MH/Duuuval

    August 14, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Spoken like an autocentric suburbanite for life. Cities are always in transition, going from tribulation to tribulation — but also always attractive to freedom seekers.

    The worldwide movement of people now occurring is putting pressure on cities everywhere, including Florida’s.

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      August 15, 2023 at 9:01 am

      Thanks for your wise political input there, MH, i encourage you to take a look at this and other Desantis articals from about two weeks back.
      What’s the common thread MH?
      Its the cartoonization of Desantis’ picture, my brother, MH. Historically this cartoonization is a 100% precurser of a serious and totally embarassing political smack-down for the political party behind the cartoonization.
      Yes, MH, what you and I, Earl Pitts “The Big Voice On The Right” American, have the pleasure of witnessing is the DNC’s fake rise to their realtime epic fall. MH both you and I, Earl Pitts American, now are aware that this desperate cartoonization attempt to de-humanize America’s Govornor has very strong historical portent.
      My newest and bestest friend, MH, and I, Earl Pitts “The Big Voice On The Right” American, will be drinking brewskie’s & smokin stogies together on election night down at a sports bar on Jacksonville’s River Walk as the totally expected Desantis POTUS win comes in on all 75 big screen TV’s.
      Dont worry MH we will still be nice to Donna Deegan in her disapointment of the results and not make her leave our VIP table. We will likely take Donna dancing at another rooftop bar on the River Walk to help her get over her disapointment.
      Thanks MH,
      I’ll meet you at our fav sports bar around 7:00 pm, I’ll bring Donna of course, so get ready to have the time of your life, my brother and newest bestest friend MH.
      Earl Pitts “The Big Voice On The Right” American

      • MH/Duuuval

        August 15, 2023 at 5:42 pm

        Please don’t take my online moniker in vain. I don’t need you to tell me which way the wind is blowing: I’ll simply step outside.

  • PeterH

    August 14, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Too many guns have absolutely nothing to do with urban violence!


  • marteen

    August 14, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    They are unsafe areas.
    Anytime someone speaks the truth they are labeled extremist.
    Our cities are no place for civilized humans to inhabit.

    • Josh Green

      August 14, 2023 at 8:39 pm

      You’ve never actually been to a city have you?

    • Linwood Wright

      August 14, 2023 at 9:03 pm

      Ok Grandma. Let’s get you to bed.

    • Michael K

      August 14, 2023 at 9:56 pm

      Oh honey. Rural America: poverty, drug addiction, low education levels, lack of health and dental care, gun violence and lack of economic opportunity. But mostly white.

      • Earl Pitts "Black Conservatice" American

        August 15, 2023 at 9:56 am

        Good mornting Michael K,
        1.) Real Blacks, in droves, are voting conservative, this time for POTUS. You white liberals dont even know it yet but Blacks are disgusted with what you white liberals have done to the country. No its not one or two things its everything.
        2.) Finally, Liberal Honkies, stop “speaking for Blacks” we no longer have anything in common. You used to be usefull “Fool Tools” for us Blacks. But now you are just useless, disgusting, dregs of society. Stop speaking for us. We have left you.
        Earl Pitts “Black Conservative” American

        • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

          August 15, 2023 at 10:15 am

          Hang yourself, Earl.

  • Terri

    August 14, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Now he’s going to want a military rule in bug cities! The man is a freak! He’s lost touch with reality or he’s stupid and doesn’t know any better.

  • My Take

    August 14, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    That photo!!!

    Hee HAW !!

  • My Take

    August 14, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    “Urban core”?
    OK you cheese-eating wire-gnawing naked-tail MAGA-Rats, call it what you and the cops normally do. “N*____town”

  • Michael K

    August 14, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    The governor is a racist stooping low for the MAGA low info voters.

  • Thomas Kaspar

    August 14, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    Mindless spam

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 15, 2023 at 7:12 am

      Thomas went meta on his own comments? Good for you, Thomas!

    • Ocean Joe

      August 15, 2023 at 7:20 am

      Tom, go move your boat.

  • marcus

    August 15, 2023 at 7:39 am

    All you decaying city defenders, go ahead and move to Baltimore, Philadelphia, st. Louis, Chicago, Oakland, or take your pick and report back in a year,

    Arm chair libs have no clue. You cannot handle the truth, so you label everyone and everything as racist. Stay locked inside your gated communities, and point fingers.

    • My Take

      August 15, 2023 at 8:41 am

      Barstool and La-Z-Boy cons just soak ùp their pol’s hyperbolic propaganda.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 15, 2023 at 4:02 pm

      You know how TV weather people go find THE windiest spot to report from during even the little tropical storm? Your news does that with urban decay too.

    • MH/Duuuval

      August 15, 2023 at 5:46 pm

      Only really rich guys like Trump can live in an urban area behind gates.

      Or chief executives living in Tallahassee.

      But you’ll find most of them in the burbs.

  • Ray Blacklidge

    August 15, 2023 at 10:37 am

    DeSantis doesn’t have to claim anything, it’s a fact that every major city in the US has disaster zones in them. Needles on the sidewalks, human feces in the streets and yards, lack of law and order, schools allowed to become substandard, and areas that literally look like war zones. DeSantis is just calling it how it is.

    • MH/Duuuval

      August 15, 2023 at 5:49 pm

      Cities might be doing a bit better if rich white guys weren’t grifting for public tax monies. And, if the same element paid their fair share of taxes.

      But, then, a personal income tax is unconstitutional in Florida.

  • Listening Putin?

    August 15, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Putin are you listening? Your biggest little fan Rhonda just said Moscow is a disaster zone.

    You know, Rhonda is actually right for once. Ukraine has been blowing up some of Moscow lately.

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