Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging people to closely examine what’s actually in HB 1557, incorrectly and dishonestly labeled as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Critics of the bill are accusing DeSantis and Co. of endangering LGBTQ youth and creating unsafe environments for them.
But that’s not what the bill is about —and DeSantis doesn’t appreciate the media spinning false narratives about its actual contents. The governor got into a heated exchange recently with WFLA reporter Evan Donovan for not accurately representing the bill.
According to the Daily Wire, “Donovan asked whether DeSantis supported the legislation, which was on the Florida Senate floor, noting that critics have renamed it the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.”
“Does it say that in the bill?” DeSantis asked.
“I know that you support —” Donovan started to say.
“Does it say that in the bill?” DeSantis repeated the question.
“I’m asking —” —then DeSantis cuts off Donovan.
“I’m asking you to tell me what’s in the bill, because you are pushing false narratives,” DeSantis continued. “It doesn’t matter what critics say.”
“It bans classroom instruction on sexual identity and gender orientation,” Donovan said.
“For who?” DeSantis asked. “For grades pre-k through three. So 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, it’s why people don’t trust people like you because you peddle false narratives.”
“So we disabuse you of those narratives — and we’re going to make sure that parents are able to send their kid to kindergarten without having some of this stuff injected into their school curriculum.”
Watch the exchange above.