Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for president, told a group of supporters in South Carolina on Tuesday that he would remove “watchers” from the US military if elected.
During his speech, he showed some parallels between how he runs the state of Florida and how he wants to run the military if elected president, focusing on eliminating things like DEI and vaccination mandates.
The podium where he spoke had a sign that read “Mission First,” which he says is what his vision of the American military says.
“We need a military that is focused on being lethal, ready and capable, and if there is anyone’s agenda that gets in the way of that, that agenda needs to be strengthened,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis is a Navy veteran who has developed a comprehensive plan to eliminate what he calls the “awakening virus” from the military. The plan includes things that were hallmarks of his time as governor of Florida.
Rehiring military personnel who refused to take the COVID vaccine and paying them back
Exclusion of DEI from the Department of Defense
Prevent what he calls gender ideology or transgenderism in the military.
“This is the military that has been ordered by civilian officials to pursue political ideology for social experimentation to be another experiment in American life to be infected with the awakening virus,” DeSantis said.
A few other parts of DeSantis’ military plan include banning things like critical race theory from being taught in military academies and rejuvenating military recruiting.
But the military isn’t all DeSantis talks about. On Tuesday afternoon, DeSantis appeared on CNN to speak with Jake Tupper on a range of topics, including his archrival Donald Trump.
“So, I have to ask about the latest news today. Your main competitor, the current leader, Donald Trump, says he has been told he is the target of Special Counsel Jack Smith in an investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. And Mr. Trump has until Thursday to report to the grand jury. If Jack Smith has evidence of criminal activity, should Donald Trump be prosecuted?” Tupper asked DeSantis.
“So that’s the problem,” DeSantis replied. “This country is on the path of criminalizing political differences. And I think it’s wrong. Alvin Bragg expanded Manhattan’s statute to be able to try and target Donald Trump. Most people, even those on the left, admit that if it weren’t for Trump, it’s unlikely that the case would have been brought against an ordinary civilian. So you have a situation where the DOJ and the FBI use guns against people they don’t like. And the most striking example of this was the confrontation between Donald Trump and collusion with Russia. This was not a legitimate investigation.”
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