Ron DeSantis would ‘level’ the Bahamas if they fired rockets at Fort Lauderdale
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'We would never be willing to live like that as Americans.'

Ron DeSantis is telling Iowans that in the unlikely event the Bahamas got warlike and attacked South Florida, he would obliterate that island archipelago.

During an event Saturday in Muscadine, the Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate discussed the need to stand with Israel as it battles with Hamas. He floated the unexpected metaphor likening terror attacks on Israelis to the distant hypothetical threat of “rockets” from the Bahama Islands.

“What are you supposed to do? I mean, I used to say even when they would just fire the normal rockets because they’ve been firing these rockets for years and years. And I thought to myself, like, if the Bahamas were firing rockets into Fort Lauderdale, like, we would not accept that for, like, one minute. I mean, we would just level it. We would never be willing to live like that as Americans,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis has found creative analogues between the Palestinian people and countries one might not think about in recent weeks as he has spoken regularly about the Israeli war. One such example is when he asked why Gaza isn’t more like a “Singapore on the Mediterranean.”

“Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005. They forcibly removed Israeli citizens from there. It was a very traumatic event, but the idea was, let the Gazans do kind of what they wanted. It’s actually a very nice stretch of coastline,” DeSantis told podcaster Victor Davis Hanson.

“Did the people of Gaza try to make the most of that and maybe create like a Singapore on the Mediterranean? No, they elected Hamas. And when people say in the media, oh, well, not every Gazan likes Hamas. Yeah, maybe not. But you know, a lot of them were cheering on Oct. 7 when this happened,” the Governor added.

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

    November 11, 2023 at 11:52 am

    An idiot, or simply dishonest?

    • Silly Wabbit

      November 11, 2023 at 11:57 am

      He kwazy.

      • Lynn

        November 12, 2023 at 9:46 am

        I agree … Silly and Kwazy. He never seemed like this when he was only our Governor. Being a candidate makes him say crazy things that I guess he thinks people will like him for. Just BE YOURSELF! He sounds so FAKE. I liked him before, idk now?

        • Marvin M.

          November 12, 2023 at 3:40 pm

          Agree that DeSantis did not seem like this in his first term. And betcha a lot of people who voted for the “old” DeSantis are not going to vote for this “new” DeSantis. It seems he listened to the media saying he could be the next president and made the mistake of believing it.
          If he wants to be President, the only thing he needs to be worrying about leveling right now is Trump’s chances of becoming the Republican nominee. But so far he’s taken very few shots, and they have been pop guns when what he needs to deploy is Top Guns.

    • M. Campbell

      November 11, 2023 at 7:36 pm

      Both, along with Racist, Bigot, He Hates Black People.

    • Lee Roller

      November 12, 2023 at 9:44 pm

      You’re not giving him enough credit.

      He can be both.

  • Ocean Joe

    November 11, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Interesting analogy, minus 75 years of animosity.
    If patient, the situation will resolve. The PA says it will consider running Gaza, apparently forgetting its’ people were assassinated by Hamas. People have taken to the streets to protest 11,500 deaths, a nice contrast to the silence of the Muslim world when Assad slaughtered 500,000 Muslims with barrel bombs and chemical weapons next door. Israel treated wounded Sunni at the time.
    Israeli Arabs enjoy the highest standard of living in the middle east, while 1,500,000 Muslim Afghans have just been expelled from Pakistan.
    Yes, a lot of what about ism, but in perspective, no civilized nation on earth with the power to stop it would tolerate what happened on October 7, and no losing party with compassion would allow the continued collateral death of innocents by refusing to release the hostages.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 11, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      Still leaning to ethnic cleansing, rather than genocide?

    • Jacqueline Turner

      November 12, 2023 at 9:17 am

      In times of WAR innocent people will die and that includes Men, Women and Children. Period.. It is what it is.

      • MH/Duuuval

        November 12, 2023 at 12:09 pm


        This isn’t war being waged by Israel, but rather collective punishment.

        I grant you that civilians always suffer more casualties during wartime.

  • Elmo

    November 11, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    This is what is campaign has boiled down to. He really is bat***t crazy.

  • PeterH

    November 11, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    DeSantis’s thought processing and accompanying narrative are that of a five year old.

  • Impeach Biden

    November 11, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    It was purely an analogy and yet you libs lap it right up. Joe Biden is still the most incompetent CIC in a lifetime. Jimmy Carter says thanks to you.

    • Ned Beatty

      November 11, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      You offer nothing in support of your assertion, which is pretty standard for RW.

    • DeusAeon

      November 11, 2023 at 8:53 pm

      There is no Analogy you racist trash! The Bahamas and the US have always been allies so why would you compare a peaceful democracy like the Bahamas to a terrorist organization?

      • Pamela Baggleman

        November 13, 2023 at 7:00 am

        That isn’t what he did . I believe he was talking in terms of the location and distance in comparison to Israel and Hamas. People who use the race card suck.

      • Sip

        November 14, 2023 at 6:55 am

        I totally agree

    • Cyndiann

      November 20, 2023 at 8:49 pm

      Must be true if liar Trump said it, right? You guys are so gullible. How much of his legal bills have you paid? Like, a real millionaire needs to grift money like that. I feel so sorry for you.

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

    November 11, 2023 at 1:27 pm

    Good afternoon Patriots,
    The main flaw in many folks thought process is an assumption the radical Muzzy’s could, should, aught to, are capable of thinking logically much in the same way western nation folks think logically.
    All of Scientific study, medical study, and all of recorded history has proven radical Muzzy’s to be totally incapable of any actual logical thought process’ whatsoever.
    English scientist Dr. Lloyd P. Graystone’s work into the capabilities of the typical radical Muzzy brain functionalities indicates they have the very low logical capabilities akin to a human having brain of an angry horse. Sure horses can be taught to do stuff but they need a more evolved human brain to make them do anything that would approach the Western concept of logical human thought.
    That is why what was learned in the First Crusades and what was verified by the esteemed English scientist Dr. Lloyd P. Graystone’s work still holds true today in the respect that if reasonable humans want radical Muzzy’s to behave in a rational logical way the only way to achieve that noble goal is a 2 step process of:
    1.) To achieve initial desired results the reward/punishment process must be used (Think Carrot/Stick process as with horses).
    2.) Someone or more appropriately someone’s army must constantly monitor the radical Muzzy’s with the constant application of the Carrot/Stick process or the radical Muzzy’s will “turn on a dime” and revert back to mindless, brainless, savages almost immediately when they sense the Carrot/Stick has either been removed – OR – something as obvious as the Biden policy’s of apologies and appeasement which had the exact same effect as the Carrot/Stick being removed. This was recently proven out beyond a shadow of doubt by the Jewish massacres.
    I hope this helps explain why most Westerners have no clue on how to deal properly and effectively with radical Muzzy’s.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Human and Sub-Human Behavior
    Expert” American

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

      November 11, 2023 at 2:06 pm

      …. just to be fair there were many many Muzzy’s of superior intellectual achievements throughout history.
      Just to name a few:
      There was … ummm …. let’s see now …. well there was …. no not that guy …. there was …. OK I got it Mogley that little boy that hung out with Balou the Bear and that big black cat … and then we have …. ummmm …. well …. let’s see now …. there was that guy Lawrence of Arabia yeah that dude was the man …. then we had …. ummmm ….OK I got one …. Ahab The Arab Sheik of The Burning Sands …. Hey I’m on a roll here!!!! …. next up is …. Alladan…. that dude stirred up some straight up stuff there with Princess Jazmin and that talking parrot bird ….I got another … Sinbad The Sailor who later went on to be an 1980’s MTV STAR yeah that Sinbad dude was dope.
      Thank you America for allowing me, Earl Pitts American, to totally disprove that there never were any cool or smart Muzzy’s

      • Beverly Brevity

        November 11, 2023 at 3:18 pm

        Too many words, Earl. Not gonna read’m. You need to eat more fiber. You’re running.

        • SteveHC

          November 11, 2023 at 4:51 pm

          PLEASE, he’s got enough diarrhea as it is (just from the wrong end)…

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 11, 2023 at 5:36 pm


    • Lou

      November 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      Word Salad …. Meaningless

  • My Take

    November 11, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    The Bahamas are filled with black people so its not like he would have much hesitation.

  • Bill Pollard

    November 11, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Why take a chance to stir up trouble with a country that has never been hostile towards the US? What’s wrong with this man?

    • My Take

      November 11, 2023 at 4:04 pm

      My first thought too.

  • TJC

    November 11, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Notice how tough-talking DeSantis didn’t dare use Cuba as an example of a country attacking Fort Lauderdale with rockets. Because if he had said, “I mean, we would just level it,” every Cuban American in the state would say, “Oh no you would not, it’s the Government of Cuba that’s bad, not the citizens.”
    So, genius that he is, he chooses instead to fantasize about utterly destroying a U.S. friendly neighbor, the Bahamas.

  • SteveHC

    November 11, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    OMG just when you might have thought DeSantis couldn’t *possibly* speak more absurdly… he’s thinking and talking like a 10-year-old now! Unbelievable. Maybe once Trump wins the Republican primary *he’ll* start talking about bombing the Bahamas too…

  • Dpdg

    November 11, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    I’m from the bahamas and out of all the countries in the world why did he use us? We barely have 500k population and never had a hostile relationship with the USA. There are a bunch of other countries he could use to say that shit. Really though

    • My Take

      November 11, 2023 at 11:26 pm

      Before this idiocy I had never heard the first word against the Bahamas.

      • Jack

        November 12, 2023 at 5:42 am

        Y’all crack me up… his statement was hypothetical in nature and in no way insinuates any animosity against the Bahamas. His point is that given similar circumstances by a neighbor , enough is enough.
        He should have used California or Washington DC as the example….. we are way more likely to be attacked with middles from them not the Bahamas.

        • Not a Dumbass

          November 12, 2023 at 5:48 pm

          Because he doesn’t have the balls to say CUBA. He picked on a very small voter block in the U.S. to save his ass with Cuban voters.

        • Silly Wabbit

          November 12, 2023 at 6:16 pm

          You kwazy.

      • My Take

        November 12, 2023 at 11:43 am

        His stirring up hatred against our fine neighbor the Bahamas is disgraceful. It’s because they are black.

        (Post like a GOPer.)

  • Robin Hadley

    November 12, 2023 at 9:16 am

    DeSantos only cares for himself and his family!!!!! I’m a True Christian Blood Floridian?!!!?? I’m upset with myself for Voting him in🙄 He is Very RACIST 💯‼️ Watching and listening to him back when he was truthful l liked him, now Today I don’t think he has any idea what he is doing to Us Floridians. He only has helped Teachers, Firefighters, and some Countries for children. Oh l almost forgot that he likes giving out our Tax Dollars for the Prisoners that live near and of course the Capital of Florida 🙄 What is wrong with this person???? He would never make it to be a President!!!? Every State has been given HELP in some way, like a Stimulus Check, Break’s for some, but NOTHING TO HELP OUR SENIORS AND ONES ON DISABILITY ‼️‼️‼️ This really makes me upset with him. We Floridians or SUFFERING just like the Other States and they are getting help. What does he think,we are in no need of HELP???? We are all US Citizens 🇺🇸 and we are suffering from the same thing that this so called President has been doing to The USA Citizens and the needs for America and The USA Citizens. Us Floridians are hurting the worst of all the States. He will NEVER HAVE MY VOTE!!!!! Time for Change in America and it’s gonna happen in about 3 months 😁♥️🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸🙏 l Can’t wait for Change and Caring for Us The USA Citizens 😁♥️🙏🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Sheldon S. Cartwright

    November 12, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Sir/s. As to your artical on Gov. Ron DeSantos comments using the Bahamas..
    Clearly once again he proves himself to be a total A/H.
    Why did he not use his hometown as an example, who are more capable of engageing in such an act.
    We demand an apology and retraction from the Gov asap.

  • Tjb

    November 12, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    It is interesting that when Fort Lauderdale had the 1000 year flood this year, DeSantis was no where to be found in protecting and aiding the citizens of Fort Lauderdale.
    I really wonder what his response would be if Fort Lauderdale was attacked. After all, too many Democrats live in Broward.

    • My Take

      November 12, 2023 at 4:38 pm

      And gay neighborhoods!
      DeSShorty would probanly like to rocket those.

  • S.john

    November 12, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Exactly. It makes no sense. He is definitely an attention seeker and empty barrel

  • Ron "Pro Life" DiSastrous

    November 12, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    For someone who claims to be pro-life he brags an awful lot how he would kill cartel members for coming across the borders. And by the way how do you tell a cartel member from a Mexican? You can’t. He signs executive orders for the death penalty like he’s signing autographs at a rally. And now he would threaten to kill everybody in the Bahamas. Well if the Bahamas just happen to send a missile to Fort Lauderdale it’s was probably something Ron did to piss them off in the first place.

    • Michael K

      November 12, 2023 at 5:41 pm

      He likes to slit throats, shoot people cold stone dead, attack other nations with military force, arrest Black people in the middle of the night for voting – oooh! such a manly man! And those high-seels he wears make him even more manly. He should think before he opens his pie hole. But, I guess he thinks the anger and violence might gin up a few hardcore MAGA votes. So sad.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      November 13, 2023 at 9:59 am

      Probably because he is a hypocrite in many different ways. Why would anyone want to vote for him is beyond me.

  • Dan

    November 12, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    Ron doesn’t have the balls to use Cuba as a more realistic example. He needs Cuban voters. Come on Ron. Don’t be a sissy. Grow a pair and say it.

  • michael roberts

    November 12, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Ron does not understand a lot. Including how to use common sense and legislate within the boundary of the constitution. He pulls random thoughts out of the air to distract people in Florida There are a whole laundry list of failed systems here in the state that should be addressed.

  • tom palmer

    November 12, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Is he out of his freaking mind:?

  • Lee Roller

    November 12, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    He still thinks he can out Trump Trump with increasingly unhinged, moronic nonsense. Trump didn’t win by appealing to the intelligentsia (“I love the poorly educated”) and that’s the playbook Tiny D is following

    He’s not trying to reach the thinking man. He’s trying to reach the ignorant, knee-jerk, uninformed knuckle-draggers.

    He trying to reach the Earl Pitts of the world. He figures they outnumber the people with brains.

  • Cheesy Floridian

    November 13, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Why? I don’t understand. He makes no sense.

  • Just a Bahamian

    November 13, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    As a Bahamian I am shocked to read and hear this disparaging and unqualified rant from Florida’s governor.
    His scenario is preposterous. We have always enjoyed an amicable relationship with big brother America.
    As America’s closest southern international neighbour, our forebears have helped with the development of South Florida and the Keys. Bahamians contribute to the south Floridian economy everyday!
    We don’t have the inclination or the military wherewithal to fire missiles against anyone.
    Why doesn’t he pick scrap with our “ big island” neighbour in the south who are fully equipped and within range to send missiles if they are so inclined?
    We don’t want the US embassy to apologize while he hides behind their gowntail. Grow a pair of balls and stop being a bully.
    With this comment Desantis has given evidence that he is a disgrace, bigot and a racist.
    Mama say if you keep your mouth closed ppl may think you are an ass, but when you open it, ppl KNOW that you are.

  • Victor Williams

    November 13, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    This Governor has shown his true political persuasion which is Fascist. He hates black people and people of color and this evident in his second term legislation. He detest opposition to his political point of view. I challenge anyone to outline any of his political agenda that is supportive of all people regardless of race. It is time to dispense with a man who is intollerant of a multi- racial society and ignores the history of this country. This history has been well documented by respectable and well-known scholars. As Americans, we need to see the warning signs of a budding dictator and not ignore them.

    • My Take

      November 15, 2023 at 12:10 pm

      If you heard his political “philosophy” coming from atop a Legion Hall barstool in a town or small southern city you wouldn’t be the least bit surprised. It’s redneck.

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