DeSantis tells CPAC to ‘put on the full armor of God’

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, February 24, 2022. |

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told one of the largest annual national gatherings of conservative activists this week to put on “full armor of God” as he vowed to lead the charge to make 2022 “the ‘the year America fought back’ against what he called the ‘woke’ left.

Considered a candidate for a possible Republican presidential election in 2024, Desantis spoke at the 2022 Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Thursday, saying America should be concerned about the leftist’s embrace of the “awakening” and attempts to “marginalize” conservative views from the mainstream culture. .

DeSantis also took photos of Joe Biden’s presidency, further speculating that he intends to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2024.

“All told, he had the worst first year of any president since the 1800s,” DeSantis said.

He criticized the Congressional Democrats’ agenda, saying their agenda would have become a reality “if they had just elected a few more US senators.”

Currently, the US Senate is split 50-50 between the two parties, making it difficult for progressives to enact their favorite policy proposals, even if they have a slight majority since Vice President Kamala Harris voted in the event. of equality.

“They were going to wrap the Supreme Court of the United States. They were going to make DC one state so they would have two radical left-wing Democratic senators for life,” he said. “They were going to abolish the Electoral College so California could … elect the president, and they wanted to federalize fraudulent voting practices.”

DeSantis argued that the Democrats’ congressional ambitions are trying to “marginalize the conservative half of the country” so they become “powerless” to fight against their “ideological goals.”

“Revival is the new religion of the left, and that’s what they have in mind,” he said. “That’s why they want CRT [critical race theory] because they want to divide the country. That’s why they’re taking the statues of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt out, taking the name of George Washington out of the schools. Because they want to erase this history.

“They want to delegitimize our founding institutions and they want to replace that with their leftist ideology as the fundamental tenets of our modern society,” he continued.

He argued that many American institutions – the media, universities and “Big Tech” – have embraced the principles of “wokeism”.

The governor urged the crowd to help make “2022 the year America fought back,” promising to “lead the charge here in Florida.”

He argued that such an effort would require people to “put on this full armor of God, to stand firm against the plans of the left.” He predicted: “You will meet flaming arrows, but the shield of faith will stop them.”

DeSantis remarked, “there is no substitute for courage.”

He praised those with the “courage” to oppose “cancellation culture”, “corporate media narratives”, “Big Tech” and the Biden administration.

DeSantis also declared victory over “faucism,” touting Florida’s approach to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which has been pushed back by liberals.

With relatively lax COVID-19 mitigation policies, DeSantis said the state has attracted a slew of new residents during the coronavirus and has become a top vacation destination for those seeking refuge from restrictive lockdowns. of coronaviruses and the politicians who supported these policies.

He attributed Florida’s popularity to the fact that its administration “refused to let this state descend into some kind of Faucian dystopia where people’s freedoms are curtailed and their livelihoods are destroyed.”

“We have protected people’s rights. We have protected people’s jobs. We have protected small businesses and made sure that every child in the state of Florida has the opportunity to go to school in person, five days a week,” he proclaimed.

“In Florida, we reject the biomedical security state, which erodes freedom, harms livelihoods, and divides our society. And we’re not just rejecting it if it’s the government, we’ve done things like banning passports and vaccination mandates because it’s unacceptable to just outsource… faucism to big business.

DeSantis repeatedly mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who has become the public face of the US government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and has advocated for such measures. than mask mandates, lockdowns and in-person worship. restrictions to stop the spread of the disease.

Florida resisted calls to implement such measures for most of the pandemic, leading DeSantis to declare that “Florida has defeated faucism.”

“Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State,” he said, as the crowd erupted in applause.

“My duty is to stand up and protect the freedoms and jobs of the people I represent and if that puts me in political danger then so be it. I will be with them. I will not try to protect my own skin.

DeSantis’ speech touched on other contentious debates in American politics, including whether trans-identified biological men should be able to compete in women’s athletic competitions because they identify as female.

“In Florida, we were one of the first states to champion and protect women’s athletics,” he said. “We are not going to let our young girls and female athletes be denied opportunities because of ideology and political correctness.”

Speaking on another controversial topic that he and the Florida legislature have broached, DeSantis told the crowd how the state had banned the teaching of critical race theory in public classrooms. When the bill passed last June, DeSantis said it would prevent the teaching of programs that could “distort historical events.”

“Because we won’t spend taxpayers’ money teaching our children to hate our country or to hate themselves, we’ve banned [critical race theory] in K-12 education,” DeSantis told CPAC.

“Instead, we have the strongest civic education in the country. We’re going to hold citizenship exams for graduating seniors, and we’re giving teachers the opportunity to attend a civics boot camp and earn a $3,000 bonus.

CPAC ends with a mock poll, where participants indicate which hypothetical Republican presidential candidate they support.

Former President Donald Trump won last year’s straw poll with 55% of the vote, while DeSantis came in second with 21%. If Trump doesn’t run, DeSantis would emerge as the frontrunner, with 43% of respondents expressing support for the Florida governor. Second place in the straw poll, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, received 11% support.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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