DeSantis slams woke mob during inaugural address: ‘Florida is where woke goes to die’

2KDNXKC Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks during a rally ahead of the midterm elections, in Hialeah, Florida, U.S., November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

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During his second inaugural address Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated the numerous accomplishments the Sunshine State has experienced under his administration and slammed the Washington D.C. woke mob, saying, “Florida is where woke goes to die.”

Delivering his address at the state Capitol in Tallahassee, DeSantis lauded the state as “a promised land of sanity” that has seen an influx of new residents moving to the state from all over the country. Woke ideologies that have permeated other states have made Florida “the most desired destination,” according to DeSantis.

“Many of these cities and states have embraced faddish ideology at the expense of enduring principles,” DeSantis said. “They have harmed public safety by coddling criminals and attacking law enforcement. They have imposed unreasonable burdens on taxpayers to finance unfathomable levels of public spending. They have harmed education by subordinating the interests of students and parents to partisan interest groups. They have imposed medical authoritarianism in the guise of pandemic mandates and restrictions that lack a scientific basis.”

“We reject this woke ideology. We seek normalcy, not philosophical lunacy! We will not allow reality, facts, and truth to become optional. We will never surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die!” the governor added.

Touting the myriad of accomplishments during his first term, DeSantis affirmed, “We lead not by mere words, but by deeds.”

The governor continued:

“We said we would ensure that Florida taxed lightly, regulated reasonably, and spent conservatively – and we delivered. We promised we would enact big education reforms – and we delivered. We said we would end judicial activism by appointing jurists who understand the proper role of a judge is to apply the law as written, not legislate from the bench – and we delivered. We promised to usher in a new era of stewardship for Florida’s natural resources by promoting water quality and Everglades restoration efforts – and we delivered. We said we would stand for law and order and support the men and women of law enforcement – and we delivered. We promised to remedy deficiencies in Florida’s election administration and to hold wayward officials accountable – and we delivered.”

The governor said the state’s record is one “we can all be proud of.”

“We are #1 in these United States in net in-migration. Florida is the #1 fastest-growing state. We are #1 in new business formations. Florida is #1 in tourism. We are #1 in economic freedom. Florida is #1 in education freedom. And we rank #1 in parental involvement in education. Florida also ranks #1 in public higher education,” he stated.

DeSantis cruised to victory in November, beating Democrat opponent Charlie Crist by an impressive 20-point spread, as reported by RSBN. DeSantis is considered a serious contender for the White House in 2024, as his record alone showcases his ability to lead and deliver.

Despite 2024 speculations, DeSantis affirmed to supporters that his administration is “far from done” while previewing his second-term agenda.

Focusing on Florida families, the governor said tax relief is needed to aid families “grappling with inflation,” as well as enforcing school systems to be responsive to parents and students, “not partisan interest groups.”

“Florida must always be a great place to raise a family – we will enact more family-friendly policies to make it easier to raise children and we will defend our children against those who seek to rob them of their innocence,” he added.

On law and order, the governor vowed to “support law enforcement” and “reject soft-on-crime policies that put our communities at risk.”

“Florida is now in a golden era for conservation of our treasured natural resources. Our momentum is strong and we will finish what we started – we will leave Florida to God better than we found it!” DeSantis said. “This much we pledge and so much more.”

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