DeSantis calls NAACP Florida warning to minorities, LGBTQ people a ‘stunt’ | ET REALITY

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Florida Gov. and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis said the NAACP is pulling a “stunt” by calling Florida hostile toward African Americans, other minorities and LGBTQ+ people.

The NAACP has issued a warning that Florida is “openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color, and LGBTQ people.” In an interview with DeSantis, CBS Evening News anchor and editor-in-chief Norah O’Donnell asked him if she would represent the entire country and if everyone could feel welcome in DeSantis’ America.

“One hundred percent,” DeSantis responded. “And that’s politics. It’s a trick they’re pulling. They obviously have a very left-wing agenda, which I don’t anger them with. But in Florida, our unemployment rate among African Americans is much lower than New York. York, “California and these blue states. We have more black-owned businesses in Florida than any state in the United States.”

“I have more African American students on scholarships for our school choice program than any other state in the United States,” DeSantis continued. “And so we have shown that people can be successful in Florida regardless of their race, ethnicity or anything else.”

Still, O’Donnell noted that because of DeSantis’ policies in the Sunshine State, some minorities and members of the LGBTQ community think he would discriminate against them. DeSantis said part of the blame lies with the media.

“Well, part of the reason they think that is because of the narratives spread by the media,” DeSantis responded. “I mean, for example, when we had the fight with Disney over elementary education about, should they have things about sex and gender identity telling a second grader that their gender is fluid? We said, ‘Of course not.’ . Parents in Florida agreed. And I think the entire country agreed with that.”

DeSantis said it was the media that coined the phrase “Don’t say gay,” which prohibits teachers from teaching about sexual orientation or gender identity in early grades.

“The bill…did not mention the word ‘gay,'” DeSantis said. “I never said gay people wanted kindergarteners to be told they could change their gender. It was the media that created that and the left that created that.”

When asked when is the appropriate age to talk about gender identity in schools, DeSantis did not offer an age, but said it is “unacceptable” that a child can transition gender without parental consent.

“And here’s the question: Are we doing as well as a country in math, reading and science scores?” DeSantis said. “Why don’t we focus on those things? You know, I think that brings everyone together regardless of their point of view.”

O’Donnell also asked DeSantis if he would support a Supreme Court justice who voted to overturn gay marriage. DeSantis did not respond directly, but said he believes the court views his same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell differently than Roe v. Wade, and he doesn’t expect the high court to reevaluate the matter.

“You know, I’ve already said in terms of Obergefell, that what the court pointed out, and the other judges, was that the trust interest is important with respect to precedent,” DeSantis said. “And I think the other eight judges have pointed out that, because there is a significant interest in trust, they wouldn’t view it the same way they did with Dobbs. And I think that’s likely to be the case in the future. I don’t think to see them reevaluate that.”

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