‘They can’t cancel me’: DeSantis rails against cancerous ‘woke ideology’, slams Mayor Adams while in NYC

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis defiantly spoke at a private Jewish leader conference on Sunday, calling woke ideology a “cancer” and proclaiming that he won’t be canceled by the left.

LGBTQ protesters raged along New York City’s Chelsea Piers as DeSantis spoke at the Tikvah Fund’s Jewish Leadership Conference in New York City. They brandished signs saying, “Transphobia is not kosher” and “Say Gay” to protest the venue’s hosting of the conference and DeSantis.

“They can’t cancel me, I’m going to speak my mind,” DeSantis stated, not backing down an inch, according to National Review. “You know, I saw that there was a little opposition to me coming here. All I can tell you is this: When the left is having a spasm, that just tells you that in Florida we are winning.”

After the Jewish organization announced that DeSantis would be speaking at the event, the Jewish Museum was accused of backing out of a rental agreement to hold the conference. Chelsea Piers picked up the slack and agreed to host the event.

DeSantis touted his policies on COVID and blasted New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his preschoolers mask mandate.

“Now I know New York for a long time, until very recently, force-masked these toddlers, which I think, quite frankly, is inhumane. And so we would never impose those policies in the state of Florida,” the Florida governor declared.

“We have said that the state of Florida is not going to be overrun by woke ideology. It’s just not going to happen,” DeSantis proclaimed. “I think it’s a cancer, I think it will destroy this country if it’s able to get more of a foothold than it already has.”

“You can have differences in political judgments, but if they have an ideology that expects me to believe that a man can get pregnant, that doesn’t work for me,” he said.

He defended the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which the left has misnomered as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, that protects young children in grades kindergarten through third grade from being exposed to adult subjects such as transgenderism.

“Every parent in the state of Florida has a right to send their kid to elementary school without having concepts like woke gender ideology jammed into their curriculum,” DeSantis asserted.

He also said that children should be able to go to school without teachers trying to “transition their kids’ gender to a different gender, giving them a different name, having them wear different clothes without the parents’ knowledge and consent.”

The governor slammed Critical Race Theory and revisionist history in his speech for good measure as well.

DeSantis also addressed stripping Disney of its self-governing status in Florida.

“My duty and my oath of office was to not subcontract out responsibility to a corporation based in Burbank, California,” he remarked. “That is not going to happen, they’re not going to run this state.”

New York Democrats and LGBTQ advocates were predictably quick to pounce on DeSantis.

“I’m here because this is a sacred ground for human rights,” New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney told the Daily Mail at the protest on Sunday, gratuitously pointing out that she stood with former President Barack Obama when he designated the Stonewall Inn a national monument.

“I will always speak out against such injustices and use my power in Congress to fight legislatively these actions,” she commented

“It has no place in New York, no place near Stonewall, and certainly nowhere near this Chelsea community,” Maloney continued, referring to the Parental Rights in Education Bill, adding, “It’s an outrage that they came here.”

Ana Maria Archila, a progressive candidate for lieutenant governor who attended the protest, told New York Jewish Week that DeSantis “embodies building a political career on homophobic discourse.”

“Not just discourse, but policies that actually harm young people in particular,” she claimed. “We are here to denounce the willingness to legitimize policymaking and discuss how that is harmful to transgender communities and LGBTQ people.”

Chelsea Piers has reportedly announced it will donate the money it receives from the conference to LGBTQ organizations after coming under intense pressure.

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