Ron DeSantis invokes his family while defending child rapist execution law

DeSantis AP
'Are you trying to tell me that just letting them sit in prison is adequate punishment?'

Gov. Ron DeSantis says that he has three particularly personal reasons for approving a law that permits a supermajority verdict for the execution of pedophiles, in the form of his children MadisonMason, and Mamie.

“I’m sensitive because we have a 6-, a 5-, and a 3-year-old running around the house and the idea that somebody would harm these children the way these pedophiles do, it’s disgusting,” DeSantis said at a tour stop sponsored by the DeSantis-aligned Never Back Down super PAC in Greenville, South Carolina.

“There are times where some people will commit really bad crimes, maybe heat of passion, and it doesn’t excuse. They need to be held accountable. But I just think these people that are serial pedophiles, the amount of evil that goes into that is something that it’s a proper expression of our community to say that they deserve the ultimate punishment.”

The Governor noted that Florida actually is “leaning in an issue and challenging some of the current jurisprudence,” saying that a reason the state passed the law was to get the current court to reconsider a 5-4 verdict that was a “wrong decision” in a previous case.

“If you have somebody who is preying on these kids and they’re raping kids that will impact those kids for the rest of their lives, those kids will never be able to live normal lives ever again. And you have some of these people that will do this to a dozen kids, 20 kids, 25 kids. Are you trying to tell me that just letting them sit in prison is adequate punishment?”

HB 1297, a bill allowing for the execution of rapists of children under the age of 12 without jury unanimity, was passed by the Senate and House this spring with strong majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.

It contravenes cases Buford v. State of Florida and Kennedy v. Louisiana, deliberately positioning Florida law as a challenge to the current legal consensus, and is the second law passed opening up the door to eight jurors being able to vote to execute someone guilty of a monstrous crime. SB 450, which previously passed the Senate, would allow eight out of 12 jurors to impose capital punishment in murder cases, making Florida the fourth state not to require unanimity.

DeSantis expressed interest in opening up executions to non-unanimous jury decisions earlier this year, lamenting the life sentence given to the mass murderer responsible for the 2018 Parkland massacre.

“Fine, have a supermajority. But you can’t just say one person. So maybe eight out of 12 have to agree? Or something. But we can’t be in a situation where one person can just derail this,” DeSantis told the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) in January.

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


  • Bill

    October 4, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Not that I care if they execute pedophiles, but ffs, can’t he do just one thing that benefits the majority of the people who live in the state? Solve an actual problem that people care about – fix insurance for example. It’s all just do nothing, useless BS to make himself out to be a competent governor which frankly, he’s not.

    • Teresa

      October 5, 2023 at 9:35 pm


  • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

    October 4, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Our very own resident troll Earl Pitts is a convicted child rapist & pedophile. Hope he ends up hanging from the end of a rope like he deserves.

    From the state’s sex offender registry:

    Designation:Sexual Offender
    Status: Released – Subject to Registration
    Dept of Corrections #:V38476
    Date of Birth:09/18/1982

    Lewd, Lascivious batt sex w/victim 12-15 years old;
    Case Number: 1001545
    Putnam, FL

    • Scum

      October 4, 2023 at 4:03 pm

      Yes you are.

  • My Take

    October 4, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Will he execute priests and bishops?
    Or will they just be molestors or abusers and not rapists?

    • Michael K

      October 4, 2023 at 4:47 pm

      Don’t forget the Southern Baptists – it’s a little tougher to document the “evangelicals” and the non-denominational churches.

      • My Take

        October 4, 2023 at 6:03 pm

        I did indeed think of them, but beause he’s Catholic I put the emphasis there.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 4, 2023 at 11:14 pm

        i don’t forget them at all. i have been anti christian now for over 57 years

    • Teresa

      October 5, 2023 at 9:37 pm

      Great question! They should not be able to hide under the guise of religion!

  • Ronnie

    October 4, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    So when mamie is 13 and god forbid raped and impregnated Ron’s NO Abortion Policy will make him a grandfather. How do u like ur policies then Ron ??

    • Tom

      October 5, 2023 at 7:38 am

      She’d be shipped off to a blue state for an abortion so fast it would give you whiplash. These clowns are very good are standing on their pedestals telling everyone else what to do but when it comes to doing it themselves, it’s a whole different ballgame.

      • Teresa

        October 5, 2023 at 9:39 pm

        Yes you are sooo right!

  • Marvin M.

    October 4, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Why is he so obsessed with gays, trans people and pedophiles? And, don’t bring your kids into it, you weirdo.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 4, 2023 at 11:15 pm

      because he is a master creep

  • Joe

    October 4, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    This angry pipsqueak just loves the idea of killing or hurting people.

  • Michael K

    October 4, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Governor DeathSentence sure likes killing people.

  • Jerry Couey

    October 4, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    This Should Have Been A Law A long Time Ago .

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 6:20 am

      so you are pro life that likes killing. putting them in a sex offender camp to work for life is better. pro life means taking away freedoms. you may not be a women’s righst denier but being for the death penalty over life sentences in a work camp is an indicator.

    • My Take

      October 4, 2023 at 10:28 pm

      Trump’s protection against accusations of pedophilia:
      A long history of molesting and even raping arrractive adult women.

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 4, 2023 at 11:18 pm

        who knows what trump has done to his own daughter. he’s made strange comments about her in the past.

        • My Take

          October 5, 2023 at 12:09 am

          Yep. Creepy comments.

        • Teresa

          October 5, 2023 at 9:41 pm

          I wonder how many of her children are his.

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 4, 2023 at 9:42 pm

    so if an 11 year old girl gets raped he will reward the rapist with a child instead of abortion . desantis is real phoney and a master at pandering. how could you maga cultist vote a guy like that in as governor, shame on you.

    • Teresa

      October 5, 2023 at 9:43 pm

      One can only hope & pray. 🤞 and 🙏.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 5, 2023 at 4:23 am

    When this becomes law, fingers crossed, does this mean Matt Gaetz shall be adjudicated and will face death!? Just waiting to see!!!!

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 5, 2023 at 6:22 am

      matt gaetz deserves prison time with hard labor. he’s never worked so it would teach him a new skill.

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