Protesters Evicted from Ron DeSantis Rally for Holding Pride Flag: 2024 Hopeful Screams ‘We Don’t Want You to Teach Our Kids’ as Hecklers Dragged Away by Security
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was confronted at his town hall by hecklers holding rainbow pride flags and wearing rainbow T-shirts. When security removed the protesters, DeSantis turned to the small group and said: ‘We don’t want you inciting our kids! Leave our children alone!’ Critics claim DeSantis’ agenda and Florida’s law are anti-LGBTQ
Ron DeSantis was interrupted by gay rights hecklers at his South Carolina town hall Monday as they held up rainbow flags and shouted at the Florida governor before being escorted from the room by security.
The presidential hopeful directly responded to the protesters by telling them to ‘leave our children alone’.
A cornerstone of DeSantis’ 2024 platform is preventing the ‘indoctrination’ of children and combating ‘indoctrination’ in the school system. LGBTQ activists claim his agenda is anti-gay and a threat to the safety of their communities.
At least three men took off their overshirts to reveal white T-shirts emblazoned with rainbow flags at the top of DeSantis’ comments at Tega Cay in South Carolina on Monday. They then hoisted multiple gay pride flags and held them behind the Florida governor.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis faced hecklers at his town hall holding rainbow Pride flags and wearing rainbow T-shirts.
Protesters in South Carolina on Monday took off their jackets to reveal T-shirts with rainbow flags on top of DeSantis’ remarks.
The father-of-three initially ignored the protesters, but then turned to the small group of three to make a few comments as several members of security ushered them out of the room.
Earlier in his remarks, DeSantis attacked President Joe Biden’s mental health and the White House scandal, as well as refusing to acknowledge the existence of his seventh granddaughter and Hunter’s illegitimate child, Navy Joan Roberts.
‘Will you believe me when I tell you my White House will be free of cocaine?’ DeSantis asked the crowd earlier this month amid the findings of a failed Secret Service investigation into the discovery of cocaine in the White House.
The 2024 candidate continued: ‘Have you heard Biden – when it comes to kids he says, ‘They’re not your kids, they’re all our kids.’ As a father of six, five and three, my children are not his children, I can say.’
At this point in the remarks, the protesters, two standing and one in a wheelchair, began to remove their jackets to reveal their proud flag shirts.
‘But while he’s sitting here talking about all of our kids, I have something to say to him – why don’t you focus on spending more time with your granddaughter in Arkansas, or, at least acknowledge that she exists before you think about it? Our kids,’ DeSantis continued.
As the protesters were removed from the security room, DeSantis turned to the small group and said: ‘We don’t want you teaching our kids! Leave our children alone!’
After removing their button-downs to reveal T-shirts emblazoned with rainbows, the group of three protesters unfurled Pride flags from their bags and held them behind the 2024 presidential hopefuls.
He then turned to the protesters holding their flags as security began to escort them out of the room.
‘And they shouldn’t be worried about our kids either,’ he said to roars and jeers from the crowd. ‘We don’t want you teaching our children!’
‘Leave our children alone!’ He shouted at the hecklers.
Protesters shouted something in return, but could not be heard on the livestream of the event.
Last year, DeSantis signed into law Florida’s Parental Bill of Rights, which, in part, prohibits classroom discussions of children’s sexual orientation and gender identity through third grade. The law was expanded this year to include fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Critics call the law ‘Don’t Say Gay’ and claim it is demeaning to LGBTQ youth. They also say it’s dangerous for kids who don’t identify as straight and cis, and will lead to more mental health issues and violence against the community.
DeSantis’ stop in the early primary election state of South Carolina came after comments Monday morning in Virginia.
‘I was in two different states today,’ he praised, before adding with a laugh: ‘Joe Biden, I think he’s still in two different states today – the state of confusion and confusion.’
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