Ron DeSantis: Drag queens are causing people to avoid signing up for the military

Speaking at the Feenstra Family Picnic in Iowa, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said that drag queens are causing U.S. military recruitment to slag, Florida Politics reported.

“When you see videos of folks recruiting for the military services using things like drag queens, you know, that is just fundamentally wrong,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis was likely referring to the U.S. Navy’s use of a female impersonator named Joshua Kelley, also known as “Harpy Daniels.”as a “digital ambassador.”

As Florida Politics points out, DeSantis plans to sign legislation cracking down on drag shows later this Spring.

“The military has lost its way on some of this stuff. They are politicizing what being in the military is. They are embracing concepts like [Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion], they are embracing things like gender ideology,” DeSantis said.

He added that “we need to get the military focused on what it’s supposed to be.”

“I don’t want to run into any more veterans saying, ‘You know, governor, I don’t think that I would want my son or daughter to join the military anymore.’”

“And even in some of the worst days in Iraq, you still had people that wanted to sign up and come knowing they would get sent to Iraq because it meant a lot to them to wear the uniform of our country and they wanted to serve,” DeSantis said.

“And I can tell you, I was always proud of wearing that uniform. I could have made a boatload of money. I had a lot of great academic pedigree. I had worked hard to achieve that, but I chose to do that,” DeSantis said, adding that “the satisfaction of knowing you’re wearing the cloth of your country was better than anything money could buy.”

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.