Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis mixed it up with a heckler Friday after the unidentified audience member interrupted his speech to call him a “f—— fascist.”
“The right to health care, to their kid’s health care, you’re a f—— fascist,” a woman in the crowd in Lexington, South Carolina, yelled as DeSantis was discussing the rights parents have to protect their children from sexualization in Florida schools.
“We say gay!” the heckler added.
After loud booing erupted from the crowd, DeSantis responded.
“Well, thank you,” DeSantis said. “We’re not going to let you impose an agenda on our kids. We’re going to stand up for our kids. We’re going to make sure to do it right.”
That response drew a standing ovation from the crowd as the woman was escorted out.
“Those people like that in Florida are the people we beat every single day on policy,” DeSantis added. “We do not let them win. We win all these battles. We’re not letting them indoctrinate our kids, not on our watch.”
DeSantis said he is often accused of “banning” books when he attempts to remove inappropriate subject matter from school libraries.
DeSantis has been widely criticized by Democrats over his parental rights law last year that states “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Critics have labeled it the “Don’t Say Gay” law, even though those words do not appear anywhere in its text.
The DeSantis team posted the clip to social media, telling his followers to watch as he “roasts” an “angry leftist.”