Ron DeSantis bashes Bethlehem as ‘pigsty,’ maligns historic mosque

DeSantis AP
'The city, it's not well kept.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis may or may not ever get to do a travelogue of Israel, but based on comments Friday, there is one place he likely won’t compliment much.

During remarks to the 2023 Presidential Thanksgiving FAMiLY Forum in Iowa, the Florida Governor talked about his trip to Bethlehem, which is administered by the Palestinian Authority, and how the municipality wasn’t up to the standards of cities controlled by Israelis.

“In fact, Bethlehem is controlled by the Palestinian Arabs. And so there, there’s a church where you can go where they, they say, is where Christ was born.”

“And it’s a beautiful church. But (when) you walk out, first of all, it’s like a pigsty. The city, it’s not well-kept. And then they built this massive mosque right in front of it to like tower over it,” DeSantis commented.

The Governor seems to be referring to Omar Ibn Al Khattab, which is the sole mosque in Bethlehem’s Old City, opposite the Church of the Nativity.

Lonely Planet notes it “was built in 1860 on land granted by the Greek Orthodox Church in honor of Omar, the Prophet Muhammad’s father-in-law, who in 637 took Jerusalem from the flagging Byzantines and then stopped for prayer at the Christian Church of the Nativity.”

The Pact of Omar declared it would forever be a Christian place of worship.

The Governor also argued that “if Israel (were) not in charge of those sites, you would not have the freedom to go celebrate at any of those sites” because “the Arabs would not allow that,” and in that context, “the Israelis are caretakers of the most important history that we have.”

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


  • PeterH

    November 17, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    The DeSantis vocabulary and narrative is that of fifth grader.

    • Teresa

      November 18, 2023 at 9:09 pm

      Yes it is.

  • tom palmer

    November 17, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    Away in the pig sty……

  • Michael K

    November 17, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    He wants everything to be Disneyland… except Disneyland.

  • Spencer Dow

    November 17, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    Meanwhile, the Jewish controlled Bethlehem has canceled Christmas, Ron.

  • My Take

    November 17, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    I doubt the manger was all that tidy at the great event. Mangers seldom are.

  • My Take

    November 17, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    “the Arabs would not allow that,”

    Ron DeSSgustus — now spokesman for the West Bank Palestinians.
    What a shameless pig he is.

  • Ron, you missed your last therapist appointment!

    November 17, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    What is wrong with this guy?

  • Yannis pappad

    November 18, 2023 at 1:46 am

    It seems like Ron DeSantos it’s a very uneducated, narcissistic sociopath who has no humanity just a plain ignorant POS I’ve been to Bethlehem and it is a magnificent city, and when he says the Arabs would not allow it what is he talking about? He knows nothing Palestinians or Arab because they speak Arabic and they could be Jews, Samaritans, Muslims, or Christians he has no knowledge just an ignorant, POS If you look at the dignity of Russians, that travel to Turkey, Egypt, or any other country, they are nothing like these type of people that are brain dead zombies, full of ignorance

    • Teresa

      November 18, 2023 at 9:11 pm


  • William Perkins

    November 18, 2023 at 2:00 am

    This Ron DeSantos is the most anti-Semitic human being. I’ve ever listen to for him to put down Bethlehem and it’s people who are Semitic just like the Mizrahi Jews, the Samaritans and the Drews, Christian and Muslims are both Semitic Arabs from Palestine just like Mezrahi Jews, and Samaritans Andrews, so for him to be anti-Semitic against a Semitic people, and he comes there with his ignorance let him go with his evangelical base, who are the useful idiots of Cyrus Schofield, who are blasphemy to a Semitic religion called Christianity. They are fake Christians.

    • My Take

      November 18, 2023 at 3:35 am

      his evangelical base
      They are fake Christians.
      THAT they most definitely are.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 18, 2023 at 4:39 am

    YUK is the specialty of the Desantis mind and actions. Shhh Desantis.

  • samir ebeid

    November 18, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    ..what a ‘POS’..!!

  • Shelly Saunders

    November 18, 2023 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you all who commented. You seriously made my entire day. I couldn’t have said it better myself! DeSantis is DeSantis is DeStupid, Destructive, DeSatan, Dismally ignorant, Desperate to maintain power and control, a true Dictator Wannabe!

  • My Take

    November 24, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Mary thinks DeSSantis is a pig.

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