Gov. DeSantis rips Joe Biden for not owning up to ‘transgender visibility’ declaration

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'Who's running the presidency? Is it a bunch of woke 20-something-year-old White House staffers?'

Florida’s Governor is weighing in on President Joe Biden’s official acknowledgement of Easter Sunday as a “Transgender Day of Visibility,” suggesting that his subsequent disavowal of it raises questions about who is running the White House.

During a stop in Miami, Gov. Ron DeSantis made light of the message confusion between the President and his comms shop.

“Wait a minute. He said that didn’t happen. He said he didn’t do it,” DeSantis said, referencing comments the President made Monday at the White House.

“Which raises the question: Either he’s not being honest with the public or he really didn’t know what was going on. And so my question would be, who’s running the presidency? Is it a bunch of woke 20-something-year-old White House staffers that just put out this drivel whenever they want?”

“So I don’t know who’s in charge, the fact that he’s not owning up to it,” DeSantis continued. “Either way it’s bad; either he’s not being honest or he really didn’t have anything to do with it.”

March 31 has been the day for that commemoration since 2009, while Easter’s date changes from year to year. But that didn’t stop a chorus of GOP outrage over the weekend, with people protesting that the two observances are incongruous.

The President’s declaration, per the release from the White House, was intended to “honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives.”

During the same press conference, DeSantis offered nostalgic commentary on a time when corporations weren’t scared of overtly Christian branding around Easter, and suggested their failure to do so represented a new “religion” all their own.

“You know, you go back, you can see there’s a picture that will get circulated on the internet sometimes of the New York City skyline and I think it was from, like, the 1950s. I think it was Good Friday and you had the buildings lit up with crosses. It was, like, big crosses and that was not done, I don’t think, by government. I think it was just done by companies, whoever is managing that doing that,” DeSantis explained.

“Now, you know, you would not see that type from corporate America or anything like that. So it shows you kind of, I think the people that are deviating to more what Biden is doing, you know, that is ultimately, you know, a type of religion that they’re trying to advance in this society.”

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


21 comments

  • Jay Smif

    April 1, 2024 at 3:25 pm

    Old puddy fascist Ronny D and his “WOKE WOKE WOKE” sky-screaming got him nothing but six months of public humiliation and $160 million burned through with nothing to show for it.

  • Michael K

    April 1, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    Rhonda’s irrational fear and hatred of Trans people disgraceful. This day has been marked on March 31 for years – it is the Easter that changes every year.

    I like a President who honors ALL Americans, not just intolerant white so-called “Christian” nationalists. Rhonda has rejected and alienated large swaths of Floridians,, and wonders why they failed so miserably in their failed presidential campaign. Hate is not an American value.

  • Rhonda you’re done!

    April 1, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Dear biggest loser Rhonda,

    Shut up!

    You’re a disgrace to the once great state of Florida. Your chaos, your religious indoctrination of our kids, and your attack on parental rights will not be forgotten or forgiven. That’s why you didn’t hold a candle to any presidential candidates. You’re a schmuck, you’re fired!!

    Yours truly,
    Trans community, LGBT community, Florida Residents, GOP, Trump Supporters, Christian’s, Jews, EVERYONE!!!!

    • rick whitaker

      April 1, 2024 at 5:18 pm

      RYD, you said it well. desantis is a punk’s punk. he panders to panderers that are pandering to other panderers. a circle jerk of maga fear and lies.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 4, 2024 at 12:30 pm

      Some might say Rhonda needs to calm down.

      Put down the Patron-is, Rhonda.

      Calm down, Rhonda. Calm down.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 1, 2024 at 6:19 pm

    Florida has never been great although some of its citizens have been great. The Great White Fathers in Tallahassee yesterday, today, and tomorrow will be in charge and jealousy guard their elite privileges and lord it over the rest of us every chance they get.

  • PeterH

    April 1, 2024 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Ron! Next year Trans-freedom day falls on Hitler’s birthday and there will never be a discussion from right wing nuts like yourself!

    • Joe

      April 4, 2024 at 10:49 am

      You mean Easter, which will indeed be on 4/20 next year. The Transgender Day of Visibility has been 3/31 every year since 2009.

  • Justhefacts

    April 2, 2024 at 7:51 am

    Biden has not been running the White House since he was elected…. with his phony faux horn honking “rallies.”. He is the most worst President in United States History. A mere pawn of the Obama’s, Susan Rice Valerie Jarret et Al. Pres. Joe Biden is a disgrace and he will stand in judgment before the King of heaven when he dies and account for his wicked actions. He is not Catholic or Christian but a slave to evil.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 4, 2024 at 12:31 pm

      Rhonda’s Homeless Camp for Whackos got wi-fi, eh?

    • Biscuit

      April 7, 2024 at 4:01 pm

      Wow, nothing paranoid, delusional or conspiratorial about that.
      And that phrase, “the most worst,” now, that’s a real strong charge, but still short of “the most worstest,” so maybe you aren’t 100% sure of yourself yet.
      Arf.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 7, 2024 at 4:32 pm

      JUST THE FACTS, how could a statement with zero facts come out of that name? i guess it’s like trump saying make america great again and then he goes out and tries to destroy america. you maga types are batshit crazy

  • FLLight

    April 2, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Biden has not been running the White House since he was elected…. with his phony faux horn honking “rallies.”. He is the most worst President in United States History. A mere pawn of the Obama’s, Susan Rice Valerie Jarret et Al. Pres. Joe Biden is a disgrace and he will stand in judgment before the King of heaven when he dies and account for his wicked actions. He is not Catholic or Christian but a slave to evil.


    • MH/Duuuval

      April 2, 2024 at 2:44 pm

      Andrew Johnson was the worst. I sometimes wonder if the genius Trump doesn’t confuse him with Andrew Jackson who Trump claims to admire.

    • Joe

      April 4, 2024 at 10:51 am

      FLLight obviously ingests right-wing media all day every day and believes every bit of its conspiratorial nonsense.

      Wake up, RepubliQans, this is the type of no-information voter you are allowing to decide the future of your party.

      • Dont Say FLA

        April 4, 2024 at 12:34 pm

        When they say Biden hasn’t been running anything himself because he’s old and senile and feeble, I say “Good! Then his being old senile and feeble or even dying of old age won’t matter for his second term. His administration can keep on administrating without him since they’ve been doing that the whole time, right?”

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 7, 2024 at 4:33 pm

      FLLIGHT, YOU ARE A NUTJOB AREN’T YOU?

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 2, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Is it a bunch of woke 20-something-year-old FLORIDA White House staffers that just put out this drivel whenever they want?”

    Correct — Dee merely adds some kind of rhetorical flourish when he passes out the pablum.

  • monica

    April 3, 2024 at 10:41 pm

    A child’s egg hunt day should be the focus of, having fun with egg surprises.

  • Joe

    April 4, 2024 at 10:48 am

    More faux outrage from Tiny D and the right-wing media swamp. Don’t these idiots ever get tired of being such phonies?

  • TJC

    April 7, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    “…I think it was from, like, the 1950s.”
    Ah, DeSantis waxing nostalgic about the golden days of 1950’s America…the days of profit-driven corporate Christianity, segregation, polio, homosexuality a crime, Operation Wetback, McCarthyism and Roy Cohn, white men dominating the workplace, and good women knowing their place was at home.
    Yeah, everything was so darn perfect back then. No wonder he wants to lead us back there. And he sure will, given the chance.
    Like, really.

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