“Give me a break. This country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world,” DeSantis said.
“And doesn’t matter where you trace your ancestry from. We’ve had people that have been able to succeed and all. And here’s the problem with things like critical race theory that they are peddling. They are basically saying all our institutions are bankrupt and they’re illegitimate. Okay, so how do you have a society if everything in your society is illegitimate?” said the governor.
DeSantis stressed that critical race assumption is getting banned in Florida public schools.
“It’s a very harmful ideology, and I would say really a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology. So we banned it here in our schools in Florida. We are not going to put any tax dollars to critical race theory. We want to treat people as individuals, not as members of groups.”
“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money,” he announced back in March.
On April 27, two Republican congressmen, Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) addressed a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona explaining that they have “deep concern” regarding a criterion prioritization recently offered for a $5.3 million American History and Civics Education grant, which would give higher concern to courses that involve the New York Times’s 1619 Project and the teachings of critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi.
“Students should learn about the uniqueness and greatness of the American systems and the challenges we have overcome as a nation,” the letter states. “It is therefore counterproductive and even dangerous to allow our vulnerable school children to be taught the falsehoods prevalent in the 1619 Project or in Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘How to Be an Anti-Racist.'”
Former President Donald Trump is floating the concept of running for president in 2024 and might examine DeSantis as a running mate.
“I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocketship,” Trump told Fox Business on April 29. “He’s done a great job as governor. I’m saying what I read and what you read, they love that ticket. Certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”