‘It’s a conspiracy’ DeSantis appears to be saying in response to numerous press reports asserting that a biographical book about late, great beloved baseball player Roberto Clemente is being pulled from some school shelves.
DeSantis, in his remarks, seems to be suggesting that teacher, or “school unions”, are pulling the books themselves to generate controversy which he and his stupid ass book-banning law have created.
The truth is that the law is so vague and punitive that school districts are reviewing all books that in anyway refer to race or gender issues to protect themselves from running afoul of DeSantis’ book-banners.
“Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appeared to be unaware that for over a week multiple nationwide and local news outlets have been reporting on Duval County pulling a book about baseball great Roberto Clemente from all its school shelves in response to the Florida Republican’s laws, which he claims are designed to protect parents and children.
The far-right Florida governor lashed out in response to a reporter asking him about the Roberto Clemente book, first blaming “politics,” then “teachers’ unions,” then claiming the story itself was “a joke” and “manufactured” while never accepting the impact the legislation he has supported, promoted, signed into law, and used to brand himself as a protector of children has had a devastating effect on those very children he claims to want to protect.
“That’s politics though, to be honest, come on,” DeSantos complained on Tuesday at a Jacksonville press conference. “We know. ‘Roberto Clemente’? I mean, seriously. That’s politics. I think the school unions are involved with this.”
That’s right, Ron, Roberto Clemente, though it could just as easily be Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr. or Miles Davis, because any biography of these great men will inevitably discuss the racism they had to endure and overcome. Discussions that could be interpreted now as a violation of law…
“More than 1 million books in Duval County schools in Florida are subject to review due to three state laws impacting certain subjects in education, including race, gender and sexual orientation,” ABC News reports, confirming the Roberto Clemente book was pulled from school shelves, citing communication from county officials.
“As required by state law, we are in the process of having certified media specialists review all classroom library books,” Tracy Pierce, chief of marketing and public relations at Duval County Public Schools told ABC News. “There are approximately 1.6 million titles in our classroom and media center libraries that need to be reviewed by a certified media specialist.”
Here is the video of DeSantis’ speech, hat tip to Aaron Rupar.
He's morphing into Trump. Starting to speak in sentence fragments. Skipping from subject to subject erratically. Exaggerated hand movements. And absolutist declarations that his position is the only right position and everyone knows it.
— Max Quinn (@MaxmillianQuinn) February 14, 2023
Ron will find the guy who did this
— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) February 14, 2023
We have so much work to do in Florida. The damage these would-be authoritarians have done and are doing will take decades to repair. DeSantis is a scourge, and his troll minions are even worse.
— Carter Gaddis (@DadScribe) February 14, 2023
The law of unintended consequences.
When the government takes over curriculum and education to push an agenda it becomes propaganda
— Jon Mark (@riverboy1) February 14, 2023
His Trumpian speech patterns, using adjectives as nouns, not finishing sentences, derisive remarks, along with the Trump body language is sad.
— I am a real human in Brooklyn (@Brooklynwatch) February 14, 2023
I mean, seriously. "The Great One" wasn't allowed to eat in restaurants with his white teammates when he came to Florida for spring training. https://t.co/wOtFhcIEAf pic.twitter.com/FOKDtr287y
— Patrick J. Kiger (@PatrickJKiger) February 14, 2023
God forbid we should discuss that 🙄.
Hey @MLB, how awesome is it that Roberto Clemente’s story along with the story of the @NLBMuseumKC won’t be taught in the state where you hold half of your spring training games?
— Pels Szn (@muchojordan) February 14, 2023
Maybe MLB should move Spring training to Puerto Rico.
So @GovRonDeSantis is accusing teachers of calling in fake objections to books to make him look bad? Is that the takeaway here?
— Amy Roark (@Todays_Pretty) February 14, 2023
That seems to be his play.
Hey, Ron, I have an idea.
Why don’t you just admit that the law is a bust and allow licensed and dedicated educators to decide what is appropriate for children to learn?
He speaks. He lies. Yep. Another version of the nazi party. At least the original group was honest enough to pile the books in the town square and BURN THEM. When do the firings, beatings, rapes, and murders begin? Call me curious.
What a bald-faced liar he is!
The first amendment refers to the prohibition against government censoring speech. Aren’t books speech?
“THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 1.6 MILLION TITLES IN OUR CLASSROOM AND MEDIA CENTER LIBRARIES THAT NEED TO BE REVIEWED BY A CERTIFIED MEDIA SPECIALIST.” By a certified media specialist, do you mean censor? Call it what it is. Here we were, happy in the 21st century, but after tRumpism and maggot trolls got their teeth into us, some areas have regressed back to the 1300’s. We need to stop this somehow before it’s too late. They got away with their anti-Roe schtick. Now they’re after education so they can further dumb-down the electorate. And they’re doing it and getting away with it in areas that are already intellectually and educationally challenged. They won’t be happy until this whole country is a shit hole.
They have been practicing this in the south and mid-west states. They have some experience now, know what works, oh, and they have 6 theocratic idiots sitting their fat asses on the bench of the highest court in the land. If they don’t destroy education now, people might wake up and rid their state legislatures and congress of reactionary moron pols. One more generation of idiots ought to have them set for life, and yes, make our country into the equivalent of Haiti or some such.
Eventually you have to wonder: just how stupid is this guy? Obviously he’s got to have very little on the ball upstairs what with being a ‘pube and a con. Still, one assumes since he managed to get some kind of degree he has an I.Q. of maybe 100. I’m not so sure now. Did he go to one of those pretend colleges like liberty u?