Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the controversial Parental Rights in Education bill into law during a press conference in Holly Hill, Florida.
"In Florida, we not only know that parents have a right to be involved, we insist that parents have a right to be involved," said DeSantis
Flanked by Speaker Chris Sprowls, Rep. Joe Harding, State Sen. Kelli Stargel, and Florida Secretary of Education Richard Corcoran, continued pushing back at the false narratives that opponents of the bill have been disseminating.
"For example, they support sexualizing kids in kindergarten. They support injecting woke gender ideology into second grade classrooms. … And so what they're doing with these slogans and these narratives is they are trying to camouflage their true intentions,” stated Gov. DeSantis.
Moments after DeSantis signed the bill, Democratic state legislators expressed their dissatisfaction over the signing.
Progressive State Rep. Anna Eskamani and her lobbyist twin sister, Ida Eskamani, gave DeSantis a double dose of scrutiny, calling the press conference transphobic.
“The transphobia during this press conference is unhinged. Instead of bringing people together and solving problems, our Governor is dunking a group of people he clearly doesn't think should even exist,” stated Rep. Eskamani.
The younger Ida, accused DeSantis of “terrorizing transgender children.”
“What buffoonery. Floridian’s are facing skyrocketing rents & property insurance rates and the Governor is parading around with poster boards terrorizing transgender children, to distract you from the $624 MILLION of our taxpayer $$ he is about to hand out to corporate donors,” said Eskamani.
Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, arguably the most outspoken voice of opposition to the parental rights bill, went off on a tangent today on Twitter, releasing barrage of anti-DeSantis tweets.
“I'm not saying #DeSantis is a homophobe-- I'm simply saying the homophones think he’s a homophobe. And he wants 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 vote…not just in FL, but across the country in a GOP Presidential primary. That’s why he signed #DontSayGay. Not to help Floridians, but to help himself,” stated Rep. Smith.
Smith added,” Is anyone going to ask the Governor about his office's bigoted smear campaign to attack and defame LGBTQ Floridians with baseless accusations of grooming and pedophilia or nah?”
The controversial bill was also highlighted at the Oscar awards in Los Angeles, California, where openly-gay comedian Wanda Sykes took a jab at the law.
Later in the evening, Actor Will Smith took a real jab at host Chris Rock for picking at his wife Jade Pinkett Smith’s balding condition.