Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got a standing ovation at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference in June after promising to put on the "full armour of God" to fight leftists. DeSantis made a rousing speech promising to protect American institutions and ideals from the radical leftist movement that is responsible for rising violent crime and riots over the past year.
"It ain't going to be easy," DeSantis said about taking a stand against the Left according to the Washington Examiner. "You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armour of God. You got to take a stand, take a stand against the Left's schemes. You got to stand your ground. You got to be firm. You will face flaming arrows but take up the shield of faith and fight on."
"So, I look forward to joining with you in the battles to come," he said. "I can tell you that in the state of Florida, I'll be holding the line, I'll be standing my ground, I won't back down, and I have only begun to fight." In reaction to the remarks the crowd gave De Santis a loud standing ovation.
De Santis is a strong national figure for Republicans. DeSantis gained significant popularity over his successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida. "I can tell you if Florida had not done what we did [with the pandemic], many other states would not have followed, and we could still be in lockdown in this country right now," the Florida governor said. "So, ultimately, Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism, and we are better off for it."
DeSantis seems to be one of the only Republicans competitive with or favoured over Trump for the 2024 presidential nomination. DeSantis has also been strong against rioting and violent crime which has ravaged other states across the nation. "I ... proposed that our legislature pass, and I signed a few months ago, the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement legislation in the country, which basically says in Florida, we are not going to let any local government defund the police," he said. "We're also going to make sure that people who engage in mob violence are held accountable."
DeSantis has also been strong against Critical Race Theory, something that has been a major hot button issue in local politics this year. "One of the ways I think we can create a better foundation going forward and hopefully produce people that are understanding some of these narratives for what they are, is we need a renewal of American civics back in our public school system and in our schools," DeSantis said.
"People need to be taught why America was founded, what the principles that made our country unique were. They need to be taught that our rights do not come from government. They come from God. So, they need to be taught what makes the country unique. They need to be taught American history. It needs to be factual, needs to be honest, need to talk about, of course, many great achievements, many, many great lows, many triumphs, many tragedies, but that needs to be done honestly. And it cannot be infected with ideologies like critical race theory."