Ron DeSantis again says Florida would ‘flatten’ Bahamas in case of hypothetical rocket attack

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The Governor continues to analogize the imaginary Bahamian threat with the Israel-Hamas war.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to let people in the Bahamas know it’s a bad idea for anyone to be “firing rockets” at South Florida.

During remarks Tuesday in Manchester, New Hampshire, the 2024 presidential candidate once again analogized the war between Israel and Hamas to a hypothetical involving a malefactor shooting missiles from the Bahamas toward the state he runs.

“You know, as Governor of Florida, if somebody from the Bahamas was firing rockets into Fort Lauderdale, we would not accept that,” He said. “We would flatten it, like, in no time. We would never accept that happening to our people.”

Incredibly, DeSantis has used this metaphor as part of his stump speech on multiple occasions, even after the  U.S. Embassy in Nassau was compelled to explain that his bombastic remarks didn’t reflect the American diplomatic position.

“Can you imagine just after our 9/11, if three weeks later, people were demanding that we had a cease-fire against al-Qaida and the Taliban? We would never have done that. And I think to myself as Governor of Florida, if we had, if someone in the Bahamas was launching missiles into Fort Lauderdale, we would not accept that for a minute,” DeSantis vowed in Iowa. “We would go in and we would flatten them in no time certain.”

“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 during a different stop in another Iowa city.

The U.S. government responded to the first DeSantis commentary via the Bahamian press.

“The Bahamas and the United States enjoy an enduring and unique partnership. (Charge d’Affairs Usha Pitts) regrets if DeSantis’ comments suggested anything other than a close alliance between our two democratic nations,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement to The Nassau Guardian.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


24 comments

  • Julia

    November 21, 2023 at 2:02 pm

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    • Earl Pitts "Sage Religious/Political Scholar Emeritus" American

      November 21, 2023 at 4:46 pm

      Good afternoon America,
      Message sent loud and clear to our enemies throughout the world.
      Unless you want to really experience WWIII you will vote for Ron DeSantis for POTUS.
      Thanks America,
      Earl Pitts American

  • SteveHC

    November 21, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    “(Charge d’Affairs Usha Pitts) regrets if DeSantis’ comments suggested anything other than a close alliance between our two democratic nations.” – Nah. The only thing his comments “suggest” is that he’s a moron.

  • John Lentini

    November 21, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    1. The Bahamas are already flat.
    2. DeSantis controls an air force? A navy? Long range artillery?
    3. He needs better speechwriters and better metaphors.

    • MH/Duuuval

      November 21, 2023 at 2:19 pm

      Dee also imagines that a President can declare war.

    • My Take

      November 22, 2023 at 11:59 am

      Well, there’s that little rocky hillock on Cat Island with the tiny church hospital atop it.
      He too could become a hospital bomber.

  • Silly Wabbit

    November 21, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Definitely kwazy.

  • tom palmer

    November 21, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    That explains his New Hampshire poll numbers

  • Biscuit

    November 21, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    NewsRip out of New Hampshire, where the Governor of Florida is giving fair warning:
    Ron “Top Gun” DeSantis once again spelled out his message to Bahamian terrorists, declaring that if Fort Lauderdale were attacked from the Bahamas, he would destroy everyone and everything living on the island nation, including dogs and cats.
    No word yet on what he will do if Okahumpka is attacked.
    Arf.

    • My Take

      November 21, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      destroy everyone
      ======
      Because they voted in somebody sometime in the past.

  • Josh Green

    November 21, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    What in the name of Jesus H. Christ is this nutcase babbling about today?

    • Earl Pitts "Sage Religious/Political Scholar Emeritus" American

      November 21, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you for reaching out for my Sage Wisdom, Mr. Green.
      Just refer to my Golden Nuggets of Truth [above] to get your mind right.
      Even a Great Patriot such as yourself can use a little Sage Guidance from The Earl of Politics from time to time.
      Thanks Mr. Green,
      Earl Pitts American

  • My Take

    November 21, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Clearly the Bahamas needs protection.
    Maybe a few Chinese air and naval bases.

    • Flash01

      November 22, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      He’ll use his private army to lead the assualt.

      • My Take

        November 22, 2023 at 5:59 pm

        DeSSantis’s Shock Troops!

  • Michael K

    November 21, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    It’s all a big mistake. Ron’s ire is directed at Tommy Bahama.

  • Linwood Wright

    November 22, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Does he actually hear himself talk when he says these completely insane things? Like, does he even have that part of his brain that checks the things that come out of his mouth before they do?

  • Richard Russell

    November 22, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Ronny baby should stop talking, come back to Florida and serve out his last term keeping Florida great.

  • Ron "Pro Life" DiSastrous

    November 22, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    How can someone claim to be a pro-lifer one minute and then say he’ll flatten the Bahamas and kill every living thing in sight the next minute? And it’s more likely that Cube would send a missile to Florida but Ronny boy wouldn’t want to piss off the Cuban voters by saying he would flatten Cuba.

    • My Take

      November 23, 2023 at 7:13 pm

      We need face photos of sweet Bahamian babies that we can caption, “DeSantis Vows He Would Blow Up This Innocent Child.”
      Campaign like a GOPer every once in a while, just for the fun of it.

  • Father David Patterson

    November 23, 2023 at 12:10 am

    Lord in Heaven, please take DeSantis from his earthbound body and send him to his Father below.
    In Jesus name, Amen

    • My Take

      November 23, 2023 at 8:27 am

      ĎeSScionOfSatan
      ĎeSSonOfOldScratch

  • My Take

    November 24, 2023 at 4:16 am

    Ì’m glad I’m a nobody and not on Trump’s revenge list.
    He’s being quite clear on his intended abuse of power.

  • Jojo

    November 27, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    What a fool. It would be funny if it weren’t so appalling what he’s doing to this state

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