Ron DeSantis accuses California of an ‘attack on the American family’

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'That is an assault on parents' rights.'

Ron DeSantis continues to make his case against the state of California in political speeches around the country.

During remarks to the Concerned Women for America, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate offered a “contrast” between the Sunshine State and the Golden State, which has a different view about the rights of minors than DeSantis’ Florida.

“Look at the contrast we have between a state like Florida, which honors parents’ rights, versus a state like California that is now doing legislation that says if you as a parent have a child — maybe like a 10-year-old son — and the son comes to you and says that they think that they’re really a girl, if you say no, you could lose custody of your own kid,” DeSantis said.

“That is an assault on parents’ rights, that is an attack on the American family and in the state of Florida, those policies are dead on arrival.”

DeSantis’ ire was inspired by California’s just-passed Assembly Bill 937, which compels judges to consider a “parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity or gender expression as part of the health, safety and welfare of the child.”

Florida has no equivalent to that law, of course, and state legislation in recent years has worked to undermine concerns about gender identity and gender expression via measures including, but not limited to, the Parental Rights in Education law.

DeSantis’ thundering against California laws comes as that state’s Republicans seem to be ruling him out as a presidential candidate.

In a survey released by Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies, DeSantis trails Donald Trump, 55% to 16%. California’s delegate apportionment rules grant all of the state’s 169 delegates to a candidate above 50%. That means if Trump holds this level of support next year, the former President will take all the delegates unless changes are made at the GOP Convention, which is at the end of the month.

DeSantis’ gripes about the Golden State have been a recurring theme of his campaign up until now, including cautionary tales about San Francisco.

“Don’t tell me it doesn’t affect people’s lives. I was just in San Francisco. I saw — in 20 minutes on the ground — people defecating on the sidewalk. I saw people using fentanyl. I saw people smoking crack right there in the open, right there on the street. It was a civilization in decay,” the Governor said at a Faith & Freedom Coalition event in June.

Earlier this year, DeSantis offered a provocation to the Golden State when he sent a flight full of undocumented immigrants from Texas to California, which he bragged about during an event in neighboring Arizona.

“These sanctuary jurisdictions are part of the reason we have this problem because they have endorsed and agitated for these types of open border policies,” DeSantis said in June.

The Governor has also attacked California law mandating humane treatment for pregnant pigs (something Florida has in its Constitution). While at a Never Back Down bus tour stop in Atlantic, Iowa, he said his presidential administration would not “let California regulate how farmers in Iowa conduct their business on things like, you know, these pork producers have to follow California law to do this stuff.”

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


  • My Take

    September 15, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Florida and California used to compete oŕ argue over the quality of their oranges.

    How times change.

  • Michael K

    September 15, 2023 at 1:49 pm

    Angertainment is all DeSantis has. No policies, no vision, no hope, no concern or connection, no humanity. Just more click bait to stoke rage from the rabid right wing MAGA conspiracy machine.

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    September 15, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Funny. I’ve been accusing DeSantis of an Attack on Human Decency.

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

    September 15, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Great news America,
    “The Ronald” Ron Desantis just made an excellant cameo appearance on Fox News. And to put it bluntly, America, he just stole the heart of the Nation.
    I, Earl Pitts American, have seen how such successful cameo appearances play out over the years and can assure you America is in love with Ron Desantis.
    Be prepared for massive increases in polling numbers for Desantis and new and diverse Desantis support groups popping up across the Nation from Sea to Shining Sea. We have an alternative gender group of supporters having a grand opening in Orlando which has me booked as their keynote speaker tonight to take questions and set up accounts for doners.
    Proof positive of the new found nationwide support for Ron. Even our most lockstep formerly Democratic voting groups are going Desantis. Our Blacks for Desantis group is expanding also by litterally hundreds of new members daily.
    Trump called and pledged to give his voters to Desantis again upon my request.
    Whoops there goes my phone again its Whoppie Goldberg wanting to know where to send her monitary donation to support Ron.
    So as you can see everyone is doing it. How about you? There is always room for another Desantis supporter regardless of your ckeckered past affiliations with Dook 4 Brains Leftism you will be welcomed with open arms. Join us America.
    Thank you America,

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

      September 15, 2023 at 2:30 pm

      Just took a call from a famous politically active pop singer who asked to remain anomyous asking for guidance on setting up her new Desantis support group. And while I, Earl Pitts American, must protect her privacy request I am at liberty to release this “teaser” per her instructions:
      “If you are contacted by the group “Swifteys For Dedantis” its no joke.
      Thats all for now America

      • Beverly Brevity

        September 16, 2023 at 10:47 am

        A double dose of too many words again, Earl, not gonna read’m.

        • Silly Wabbit

          September 16, 2023 at 11:20 am

          Eawl kwazy.

          • Beverly Brevity

            September 16, 2023 at 11:22 am

            Yes, he is, but he needs to be brief about it.

          • Silly Wabbit

            September 16, 2023 at 11:23 am

            Wead then?

          • Beverly Brevity

            September 16, 2023 at 11:26 am

            Yes, when he keeps it brief, I read his nonsense and find it very entertaining. Like any comedian, however, he needs to know when to end the act for the night and walk off the stage.

  • Joe

    September 15, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    “Parents rights” is a BS concept made up by conservatives mad that the government made their kids go to school with blacks.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 16, 2023 at 1:48 pm

      public school is the way to go, but we have to keep cult maga maggots out of the way. science deniers and religious cults should not interfere with normal people

  • Debra Hughes

    September 15, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    Many years ago you would see the bumper sticker We Don’t Care How You Do It Up North. Ron needs to talk about his plan for the entire country.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 16, 2023 at 7:25 am

      what plan, he just says what he thinks people want to hear. is that what you are calling a plan? racism , bigotry, homophobic terror, that’s what i hear

      • Debra Hughes

        September 16, 2023 at 4:59 pm

        I was being generous

  • Rick Whitaker

    September 16, 2023 at 7:22 am

    attacking, iying, attacking, lying, over and over, what a loser. we need builders, not destroyers. somebody please tell ron the truth, he ain’t got a chance as being pres. ever.

  • Silly Wabbit

    September 16, 2023 at 10:47 am

    DeSantis kwazy.

  • Cheryl Cone

    September 16, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Desantis needs to address issues like parental rights in his own state before worrying about the rest honestly, Florida voters are not with it as our own local governments are getting away with fraud and tyrant on their own citizens as well as American Citizens when they use federal funds to line their pockets while troves of parents have their parental rights taken away due to not completing their “case plans” in a timely manner with no help from DCF or sub contracted agencies in these times no one can do it alone. Not in a year. Many of whom are stripped of basic needs when children are removed because
    Parents are not rich and can not afford legal council along with day to day living expenses. In fact more than 80% of kids in Florida are in foster care and 88% of those kids should have never been removed. The court system is so flawed and ner’ one case is ran how the law says it’s to be ran. Parents are at a loss for the greed of these local governments. Ron, please get your head out of your ass and pay attention to your home state before 88% of the voters here vote never. Just saying, pay attention before people wise up stand up and fight for their rights federally against the state and local counties. Ask why children are out numbering foster care availability ask why the majority of cases are from single parent homes where parent is living beneath the state poverty average and ask why most of those cases are strictly and obviously based on heresay and ask why it’s a popular act of investigators to deviate from truth I. Order to have children removed from homes where a legal investigation and proper channels of law are simply not being followed ask why the judges are just not acknowledging the rights both state and federal and your very own parents bill of rights of parents are clearly violated yet they ignore this fact and grant every request of DCF and most removals are unjust not proven no due process for parents kids taken not returned no matter how hard a parent works for reunification they lose anyway. The stats are all public information the cases are at unpresidented high numbers in most all Florida counties! Why are so many children being murdered to the people’s and departments “surprise” while federal and state funds are being filtered into leaders pockets while services are said to be given but so so many parents are saying otherwise. There needs to be audits and investigations on every child protection office and every sub contracted company working under those entities; from the CPI’s to the directors, lawyers, case workers, ad listens, caregivers, and judges. The local county sheriff’s departments could probably use an internal investigation on all deputies detectives and so forth as well. This country needs this but I’m specific to this state and I know there’s millions of Florida residents that feel the same way. Why have a bill of rights if the local authorities just ignore them?

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