As he was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke in a manner reminiscent of a 2024 presidential candidate, addressing problems like immigration and inflation and outlining his ambitions for the state.
DeSantis adopted the platform that helped him win reelection with a resounding victory and establish himself as a leading conservative in the country.
He constantly referred to Florida as a champion for freedom, attacked “woke” thinking, and set the groundwork for a prospective White House bid.
“The flailing federal establishment in Washington D.C. has made it difficult for Florida to succeed.
The federal government has gone on an inflationary spending binge that has left our nation weaker and our residents poorer,” DeSantis stated.
He claimed that Washington is guided by a political philosophy that has degraded freedom and stifled trade on matters like COVID-19 limits, federal expenditures, and immigration policy.
We disapprove of the woke ideology. We are looking for normalcy, not madness.
The reality, facts, and the truth will never be optional in our eyes. Never will we give in to the woke crowd.
To raucous cheers, DeSantis declared, “Florida is where the woke to go to die.
DeSantis’ speech, according to Democratic House Leader Fentrice Driskell, was more focused on advancing his political career than it was on solving the state’s problems.
The ceremony was held after the swearing-in of Florida’s three independently elected Cabinet members.
The major thoroughfare across the city was temporarily dubbed Ron DeSantis Way as he took his oath in front of the state’s historic Capitol.
In the November election, DeSantis outperformed Charlie Crist, a Democrat who was a former Republican governor and congressman, by more than 29 percentage points.
It was a massive landslide in a place where elections are notoriously competitive, and other Republicans running for office statewide also triumphed by comparable majorities.
DeSantis has developed a solid nationwide reputation due to his extensive fundraising and campaigning for other candidates.
DeSantis won the 2018 governor’s race in an election so close it necessitated a recount thanks to the support of then-President Donald Trump.
DeSantis gained popularity by opposing COVID-19 limits, relentlessly criticizing President Joe Biden, and speaking out against issues like illegal immigration, giving parents more influence over school curriculum, and anti-LGBTQ laws.
“Florida firmly stood as freedom’s lynchpin when other states relegated the liberty of their citizens to the bottom of the trash bin. According to DeSantis, Florida was a haven of sanity when the rest of the world lost its mind, and common sense suddenly became a rare virtue.
“Florida is unequivocal evidence that the American people are not doomed to failure. Refusing is a decision. Success can be attained. Freedom is valuable.