Ron DeSantis mocks ‘trash’ in Bethlehem, ‘Queers for Palestine’
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 5/5/23-Gov. Ron DeSantis, listens to a question from the media during a news conference after the 2023 legislative session concluded, Friday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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The Governor touched on many topics in Coral Gables Monday.

Ron DeSantis isn’t holding back when it comes to Palestinian Arabs or those who support them domestically, finding ways to talk about a thwarted protest in Orlando and how “not nice” Bethlehem is during an official press conference.

Florida’s Governor amused a crowd in Coral GablesGranada Church with riffs about a quickly thwarted protest in Central Florida, before rehashing familiar complaints about conditions in Bethlehem.

Regarding a “Queers for Palestine” protest near Disney that was dispersed after 11 minutes, DeSantis said that blocking traffic was “no bueno.”

He noted that Miami law enforcement had cleared a different protest in 15 minutes, and that the better time from Florida Highway Patrol likely would lead to a “friendly competition” between local and state troopers “to see who can be out first.”

From there, he eventually touched on the international topic.

“Bethlehem is in a Palestinian Arab-controlled area. And you, know you go to the church where they have it to commemorate the birth of Christ. And it’s a nice church. But you walk out and there’s this massive mosque that they built, like, to overhang it and there’s trash everywhere and it’s just not nice,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis has previously said Bethlehem was “nasty,” a “pigsty” and a “disgrace,” and continues to suggest that the mosque in question is a recent provocation, ignoring the history regarding Omar Ibn Al Khattab, which is the sole mosque in Bethlehem’s Old City, opposite the Church of the Nativity.

Lonely Planet notes that 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.

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


36 comments

  • My Take

    May 13, 2024 at 5:23 pm

    He’ll babble anything to stay in the news.

    Reply

    • Impeach Biden

      May 13, 2024 at 7:10 pm

      Disagree. DeSantis has done an excellent job as Governor of this state. He is very popular here and won re-election easily. No need for him to seek the spotlight. His time will come on the national stage. He will be back in 2028. Book it.

      Reply

      • rick whitaker

        May 13, 2024 at 7:37 pm

        HOWLER MONKEY, bookem dano

        Reply

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 14, 2024 at 11:41 am

        IBS you are normally very thorough but you forgot the last bit of the Ron DeSantis story:

        …but then Rhonda showed up, and Everybody Hates Rhonda.

        Reply

      • Zaza

        May 15, 2024 at 8:09 pm

        Yes,sir

        Reply

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 9:00 pm

          ZAZA, did you say yes, sir to howler monkey? man do you have low standards.

          Reply

      • MH/Duuuval

        May 15, 2024 at 8:44 pm

        Yeah, Dee’s performance in secretly signing the bill to forbid local rules about heat stroke avoidance was a special moment. No cameras, no light, only negative action using one pen which Dee gave to a lobbyist from Associated Contractors.

        Reply

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  • ScienceBLVR

    May 13, 2024 at 6:29 pm

    WWJD? DeSantis showing his Christian bonafides with bigotry scorn and hateful discourse, speaking in a church, no less.

    Reply

    • Lala

      May 14, 2024 at 10:39 pm

      Oh stop it. It’s YOU who shows bigotry and scorn against your Creator, who happens to love all people, but He’s not going to force you to love Him. He doesn’t want robots. You can lash out against DeSantis all you want, it’s irrelevant. In the end you will be facing GOD. God expects us to tell the truth. Truth. Truth. Truth. That means if you’re a sane Christian you tell others that God warns us that practicing homosexuality, adultery, drunkeness, etc…are sins that will separate you from God and you will perish. What do you want, some good time Charlie in the church tickling your ears while you sin your way to hell with no way back? Get it together. Be smarter.

      Reply

      • rick whitaker

        May 14, 2024 at 11:43 pm

        LALA, i think scienceblvr was mocking you. but i know for sure i would mock you. you christians believe in old lies from old books. it’s like you live in a parallel universe. you keep saying he this and he that. is you fake god a man? how silly of you to believe in such childish crap.

        Reply

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 15, 2024 at 7:39 am

        But isn’t Allah a false god? And Allah condemns homosexuality, right? Therefore condemnation of homosexuality is an action of the false idol and anti-Christ. YOU are the one on the way to uh whatever you think will happen after you croak if you’re “bad”

        Reply

    • XenuVolcano

      May 16, 2024 at 8:24 am

      Isn’t Ron Desantis a Scientologist? His disconnect seems like proof ….and we’ve never seen a church photo op.
      Check the cult’s charter school funding, and “org” donors please.

      Reply

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 16, 2024 at 10:13 am

        OMG i bet you’re right! That explains …. Oh wait, no. Aren’t Scientologists successful at their endeavors?

        I mean really, Tom Cruise? Flop Gov? Neither deserves success but Tom Cruise achieved it where Flop Gov crashed and burned.

        Ergo, Flop Gov cannot be a Scientologist.

        Reply

  • My Take

    May 13, 2024 at 6:36 pm

    I forget what main N-S city street I drove through his Jacksonville once.
    Nothing but tacky bars, BBQ joints, and hookers.

    Reply

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 13, 2024 at 9:53 pm

      Step away from the keyboard, slowly, sir or ma’am, you imagine Dee was in Blue-collar Duval but in fact he was in MAGA-wannabe Coral Gables. (Not to be confused with nearby 1970s-era Coconut Grove.)

      Reply

      • My Take

        May 14, 2024 at 8:37 pm

        Little D, born in Jax.
        He should clean up his town before he insults Jesus’s.

        Reply

        • MH/Duuuval

          May 14, 2024 at 9:36 pm

          His conscious roots are in Dunedin, near Brandon — on either side of Tampa Bay.

          Duval does have some fine barbecue.

          Reply

  • Publius

    May 14, 2024 at 7:10 am

    Always a class act.

    Reply

    • Gary

      May 14, 2024 at 7:11 am

      LOWER class

      Reply

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 16, 2024 at 10:14 am

        Class is so unclassy!

        Reply

  • just sayin

    May 14, 2024 at 7:25 am

    He’s right about one thing – Queers for Palestine is one of the dumbest, most regressive things out there. It’s like something out of the movie Idiocracy.

    Reply

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 11:39 am

      How’s that? One’s own compassion should be withheld from people who may not reciprocate? You must be a Christian.

      Reply

      • just sayin

        May 15, 2024 at 8:06 am

        Thanks for continuing the Idiocracy theme. You must be a “progressive”. There’s showing compassion and then there’s parroting a corrupt, virulently homophobic and nationalistic government/terrorist organization. Slight difference.

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        • Dont Say FLA

          May 15, 2024 at 11:46 am

          Just to be clear, which corrupt, virulently homophobic and nationalistic government/terrorist organization are we talking about?

          Trump says that’s Biden’s USA.
          I say that’s Netenyahu’s Israel.
          Other folks will say that’s Gaza and/or Iran.

          And once you’ve decided which government, what is wrong with showing compassion for their “governed” who are being killed by the tens of thousands by the dynamic duo of Hamas and Netenyahu, both trying to justify their own existence at any cost?

          Reply

        • rick whitaker

          May 15, 2024 at 12:33 pm

          JUSTSAYING, what the fuk are you saying? you are incoherent. hate and darkness seems to be what your getting at, who knows.

          Reply

  • Michael K

    May 14, 2024 at 1:31 pm

    Anything to rouse the rubes, no matter who he insults, demeans and degrades. That’s not leadership – that’s just school yard bullying. And that’s all he’s got.

    Reply

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 1:43 pm

      I would ask who, Rhonda or Trumpzzzzzzz? But the answer is both of them

      Reply

  • Debra Wood

    May 14, 2024 at 7:05 pm

    Good news for Casey. She doesn’t have the skill set to run for any public office. Ronald Desantis isn’t presidential at all. It is best they start a baseball camp for kids. Nothing overnight though…I still have reservations about Desantis bc he roommed with Kent Stermon. His pedophile friend. Come on ….you are besties and you know he is a pedophile! Is Desantis, too?

    Reply

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 15, 2024 at 7:36 am

      Desantis always making accusations about people coming for your children.

      GOP accusations are virtually always confessions.

      “Is Desantis [a pedo], too?” All signs point very strongly to “yes,” but like Trump, we should consider Desantis to be innocent unless proven guilty.

      Reply

  • rick whitaker

    May 15, 2024 at 12:35 pm

    DSF, desantis is guilty of being like desantis. no trial needed for that summation.

    Reply

  • rick whitaker

    May 15, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    LALA, i think scienceblvr was mocking you. but i know for sure i would mock you. you christians believe in old lies from old books. it’s like you live in a parallel universe. you keep saying he this and he that. is you fake god a man? how silly of you to believe in such childish crap.

    Reply

  • No typing skills

    May 16, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    America is not their religious beliefs.or practice’s..no profits returning here
    It their choices

    Reply

  • Joe

    May 17, 2024 at 10:37 am

    And everyone else mocks the trash in the Florida governor’s mansion.

    Reply

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    May 17, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    If the gay club down the street burned down, Christians would sing hallelujah and blame them for the fire.

    If a church burned down, members of the gay club down the street would help rebuild it.

    Some folks are decent. Others are religious.

    Reply

    • rick whitaker

      May 17, 2024 at 2:41 pm

      RONFORRESTRON, i loved your comment. really good man.

      Reply

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