Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis earned a standing ovation after promising to put on the “full armor of God” to fight against leftism.
“It ain’t going to be easy,” DeSantis said about taking a stand against the Left at last weekend’s Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference. “You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armor of God. You got to take a stand, take a stand against the Left’s schemes. You got to stand your ground. You got to be firm. You will face flaming arrows but take up the shield of faith and fight on.”
“So, I look forward to joining with you in the battles to come,” he said. “I can tell you that in the state of Florida, I’ll be holding the line, I’ll be standing my ground, I won’t back down, and I have only begun to fight.”
DeSantis received a standing ovation from those in attendance during the remarks, which come as the Florida Republican has continued to gain popularity in conservative circles.
While former President Donald Trump has floated DeSantis as a potential running mate should Trump decide to make a third bid for the White House, DeSantis has become an increasingly popular choice to be at the top of a GOP ticket. At the Western Conservative Summit in Denver over the weekend, those in attendance voted for DeSantis narrowly over Trump when polled about their 2024 presidential preference.
The rise of DeSantis was evident at the Faith & Freedom Coalition, with his remarks being well received by those in attendance.
“I can tell you if Florida had not done what we did [with the pandemic], many other states would not have followed, and we could still be in lockdown in this country right now,” the Florida governor said. “So, ultimately, Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism, and we are better off for it.”
DeSantis also touched on his work to protect his state’s first responders.
“I … proposed that our legislature pass, and I signed a few months ago, the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement legislation in the country, which basically says in Florida, we are not going to let any local government defund the police,” he said. “We’re also going to make sure that people who engage in mob violence are held accountable.”
He also took aim at critical race theory, vowing to keep it out of Florida schools.
“One of the ways I think we can create a better foundation going forward and hopefully produce people that are understanding some of these narratives for what they are, is we need a renewal of American civics back in our public school system and in our schools,” DeSantis said. “People need to be taught why America was founded, what the principles that made our country unique were. They need to be taught that our rights do not come from government. They come from God. So, they need to be taught what makes the country unique. They need to be taught American history. It needs to be factual, needs to be honest, need to talk about, of course, many great achievements, many, many great lows, many triumphs, many tragedies, but that needs to be done honestly. And it cannot be infected with ideologies like critical race theory.”
Source: Washington Examiner : DeSantis gets standing ovation by promising to put on the ‘full armor of God’ to fight against leftism