DeSantis Slams Reporter for 'Pushing false narratives' on Parental Rights Bill

DeSantis Slams Reporter for 'Pushing false narratives' on Parental Rights Bill

Critics of Parental Rights in Education bill refuse to use the actual name

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
March 8, 2022

This week, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) accused critics of the Parental Rights in Education bill of, "pushing false narratives" with their nickname for the legislation, "Don't Say Gay" bill.

At a press conference on on Monday Reporter Evan Donovan teed up a question for Governor DeSantis on HB 1557, but was cut off by the governor once he called it the "Don't Say Gay" bill. Gov. DeSantis quickly answer the reporter with a question, asking,  "Does it say that in the bill?  Does it say that in the bill?"

"I am asking you to tell me what's in that bill because you are pushing false narratives.  It doesn't matter what critics say," said DeSantis

Donovan responds by reading off the text of the bill that states, "It says it bans classroom instruction on sexual identity and gender orientation."  Donovan was once again abruptly cut off when DeSantis asked, "For who?  For grades Pre-k through three.  No five-year-olds, six-year-olds, seven-year-olds, and the idea that you wouldn't be honest about that and tell people what it actually says is why people don't trust people like you because you peddle false narratives.  And we're going to make sure parents are able to send their kid to Kindergarten without having some of this stuff injected into their school curriculum."

The bill is highly likely to be signed into law after garnering nation attention.  This week Saturday Night Live broadcasted an entire skit about the legislation and the governor.  This after President Joe Biden (D) Tweeted about the issue and publicly slammed the bill.

If signed into law the bill would take effect on July 1, 2022, and would show results in the 2022-23 school year for public elementary schools across the state of Florida.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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