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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been the subject of substantial media coverage ever since first taking office in 2019. DeSantis is a divisive political figure, both despised and admired, depending on who you ask. A 2024 Republican Presidential frontrunner (second only to President Trump), DeSantis is known for defending the freedoms of all Floridians. While a staunch advocate of vaccines and vaccine efficacy, the Governor is radically anti-mandate. That stance has led to some well-known clashes with Dr. Fauci. DeSantis has capitalized on his war of words with the President’s top health advisor, culminating in a comical ad released last week.

DeSantis is also known as a pro-Israel Governor. In fact, Ron DeSantis promised to be the “most pro-Israel Governor in America.” So far, he has delivered:

DeSantis met with Then-Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2019 and had a cordial encounter, reaffirming Flordia’s commitment to Israel. He fought Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream when they decided not to sell their ice cream in “disputed territories in and around Israel.” Like President Trump, DeSantis has consistently defended Israel and her interests.

DeSantis continued this trend Monday evening when he reaffirmed his commitment to the battle against antisemitism. After a relatively small Neo-Nazi protest took place in Orlando, Florida, over the weekend, many Republicans immediately condemned the protest as hateful. Ron DeSantis was considered late to the game when he finally discussed the matter on Monday evening. But when DeSantis spoke, he made his feelings on the matter known. The Florida Governor stands against Anti-Semitism in all forms, and he will exercise all his political power to fight against it. The Democrats and their media friends, not the Republican Governor, are the real Anti-Semites. Here is a transcript:

“What I’m going to say is these people, these Democrats who are trying to use this as some type of political issue to try to smear me as if I had something with to do that, we are not playing their game. You know, some jacka**es doing this on the street. First of all, state law enforcement is going to hold them accountable because they were doing stuff on the overpass. So they’re going to absolutely do that. And they should do that. But I’m not going to have people try to smear me that belong to a political party that has elevated anti-Semites to the halls of Congress like Ilhan Omar, that have played footsie with the BDS [this means Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions] movement, that even had people in their party that have cavorted with [racist and Anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Minister] Farrakhan. No, we are going to take our record in Florida, and what we’ve done, signed the strongest antisemitism bill in the country… We have had the strongest relationship between Israel and Florida we have ever had.”

The Governor ended his speech by noting:  “Florida is probably, gotta be, maybe other than Israel, the number one destination for Orthodox Jews to move to if you look over the last two years.”

Presumably, this could be attributed to Ron DeSantis’s Pro-Israel outlook. As the Governor noted, charges of Anti-Semitism are especially rich coming from the Liberal Media, who consistently oppose Israel and her interests. It is the Republicans who have been the great champions of Israel, and the Democrats who have fought against Israel.

Here is the full video:

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