I was ‘proud’ to serve into the military – but now it’s ‘gone’ woke: DeSantis rips into forces that are now focused on climate and gender pronouns as he reflects on giving up making loads of to sign up after 9/11
Ron DeSantis continued his Iowa tour in Sioux City Wednesday where he detailed that he gave up a higher earning potential to join a Military that has now ‘gone woke.’ The Florida governor and his wife Casey DeSantis arrived at Port Neal Welding Co. Wednesday morning to tout DeSantis’ blue collar roots and his decision to join the Navy after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. DeSantis claimed that the Military’s shift toward ‘woke’ initiatives like implementing use of preferred pronouns is to blame for the massive drop-off in recruitment numbers.
‘We need to restore integrity to our institutions,’ he told the crowd in Sioux City, which borders Nebraska and South Dakota. ‘We look at our Military now and we see them getting caught up in political ideology, gender pronouns, talking about global warming,’ the governor lamented. ‘We need to reorient things like the Military back to its core mission.’ He continued: ‘Is it any wonder why recruiting has suffered? People don’t want to be part of a woke military. They want to be a part of the military that has his eyes on the prize.’ DeSantis donned jeans, cowboy boots with a heel and a blue vest with ‘DeSantis’ written on it over a lighter blue button down shirt for the event. Florida’s first lady was in stilettos, jeans and a white shirt covered by a navy blue zip-up with Florida’s state flag.
After his remarks, DeSantis invited his rock star wife on stage to sit-down together and speak to the crowd – with many saying this strategy is to help the couple be more relatable and talk about their normal day-to-day life being parents of three. ‘You’ll see some very interesting moments with us,’ Casey said of likely bringing their three children on the road with them because ‘you can’t get these years back.’ While not with them in Iowa, the Florida first couple often is seen with their children in tow – Madison, six, Mason, five, and Mamie, three. Sioux City is the first stop of DeSantis’ second day of campaigning in the early primary contest state. He will continue on for remarks at an event hall in Council Bluffs, will speak at a barn often used for weddings in Pella and then conclude with his stump speech at the Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo Center racetrack in Cedar Rapids.
DeSantis will go to New Hampshire for a four-city tour on Thursday, take a swing through three South Carolina cities on Friday and turn right back around to return to Des Moines for a fundraiser with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Saturday. The Yale and Harvard-educated Florida governor is going all-in on appealing more to blue-collar voters, calling back on his youth growing up with a nurse mother and a father who installed Nielson ratings machines on televisions. He made clear to the Iowa crowd at the Sioux City welding shop that he wasn’t handed anything in life – and is proud to have made the decision to join the Navy over becoming a high-earning lawyer. ‘I’m a Navy veteran, I was proud to have served. I served in Iraq, as was mentioned,’ DeSantis said. ‘I had a lot of opportunities in life, because I had worked hard to put myself in that position, starting off with very little.’
‘I could have made a lot more money – but I wanted to serve,’ he added. ‘It was after September 11 and I thought it was the right thing to do. And, you know, it was something that I was very proud of. You can have all the money in the world, but that doesn’t match the satisfaction of being able to wear the cloth of your own country and serving a higher purpose.’ DeSantis said people used to be proud to be a member of the Military, but are now put-off by the ‘woke’ agenda and the ‘political ideology’ being pumped into the institution. ‘We also need to reinvigorate the ability of our country to have institutions grounded in truth and facts – not going on ideological joy-rides like so many of them are,’ DeSantis said in Sioux City. ‘You should not have to compete in the Woke Olympics just to qualify for employment, or to get into a college,’ he added. ‘Merit must trump identity politics.’ Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12144475/Proud-Navy-veteran-Ron-DeSantis-rips-woke-military-Iowa-welding-shop-Casey.html?ito=msngallery
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