As Ron DeSantis (pictured) prepares the formal launch of his Presidential cmapaign, I joined Monocle Radio’s Emma Nelson on Friday to analyze the Florida governor’s “culture wars” tactics which have damaged and divided his state and could do the same across the US.
Looking at cases from “Don’t Say Gay” to the assault on Disney to the banning of books in schools, such as The Bluest Eye by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, I explain DeSantis’s wannabe autocracy based on the demonizing of others.
Listen to Discussion from 13:16
DeSantis doesn’t have much of an economic platform for the nation. He doesn’t have much of a foreign policy. He doesn’t have much to take America forward.
All he can do is take America back, whether it’s attacking women’s rights, attacking minorities, or attacking young people…..
America is supposed to be a land of diversity. It is supposed to be a land which is welcoming and tolerant.
But Ron DeSantis is saying, “What’s going to get me to the White House? Intolerance.”
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“America is supposed to be a land of diversity. It is supposed to be a land which is welcoming and tolerant.”
“All he can do is take America back, whether it’s attacking women’s rights, attacking minorities, or attacking young people.”
Nebraska bans abortions after 12 weeks: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/19/politics/nebraska-abortion-gender-affirming-care/index.html
“The bill makes it illegal for medical personnel to perform an abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy — with exceptions for sexual assault, incest and medical emergencies.”
At 12 weeks, the foetus is fully formed but still tiny. Countries that have permitted abortion in recent years, like Ireland, also set a limit of 12 weeks.
General election Biden vs Trump polls are close: “If Biden and Trump both win their parties’ nominations, which current polling suggests is likely, we will have a November 2024 rematch of the 2020 contest which Biden won. The RealClearPolitics average of national Biden vs Trump general election polls currently has Trump leading Biden 44.2-42.8%. A key reason why this match-up is close is that Biden’s ratings have slumped since the beginning of his presidency.” https://theconversation.com/the-us-could-default-on-june-1-owing-to-gridlock-over-the-debt-limit-biden-vs-trump-polls-are-close-205924
The Guardian has a new article excoriating President Trump for, among other things, his “stolen election conspiracy”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jun/01/fox-news-trump-town-hall-iowa
“The ex-president repeated a fusillade of bogus election claims and insulted writer E Jean Carroll a day after being found liable for sexual abuse and defamation against her; Carroll now intends to go back to court to seek additional damages.Fox News’s version, hosted by Hannity before a partisan pro-Trump crowd, managed to avoid references to either the stolen election conspiracy theory or the Carroll case. Instead, via soft questions and rambling answers, it took aim at Joe Biden and Republican primary election rivals such as Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor.”