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Ron DeSantis took Trump’s books – and made it much more dangerous

So it comes to this in Florida: censoring math books. Last Saturday, the state board of education banned 54 out of 132 books submit for inclusion in the math curriculum of public schools.

In June, the same board banned the teaching important racial theoryor CRT, from public schools, though without any proof demonstrated that it was taught in Florida’s K-12 schools. CRT is now one of the right-wing favorite racistand is one of the favorite causes of Republican Governor Ron DeSantis.

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The board said it decided to reject more than half of the math textbooks submitted because they included “prohibited topics or unsolicited strategies, including CRT.” This explanation requires a follow-up: Are algebraic equations in textbooks somehow encrypted with secret wake-up messages, like the CRT Trojan horse?

I won’t hold my breath to find the answer.

However, the governor quickly appreciative decision of the board of education: “It seems that some publishers have tried to put a coat of paint on an old house built on a foundation based on . . . fabricated concepts like racial essentialism.”

The increase in the banning of this book came after state legislature passed “Stop the WOKE Act” last month. That law, which DeSantis has indicated he will sign, bans public schools, including colleges and private companies, from the word CRT-inspired “training” and teaching,” as DeSantis said last December.

According to Frank Luntz, a veteran GOP pollster, Trump’s popularity may have peaked.

All are part of DeSantis ‘tenders politicize education, as Stephana Ferrell of the Censorship-resistant Freedom of Reading Project, aptly summed it up for The Miami Herald. He “scored easily with the base and he looked like a hero to stop the bad guys again,” Ferrell said.

To be sure, what is happening now in Florida looks a lot like the ideological control that has occurred in authoritarian societies. Whether in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or China todayBook banning is the central strategy of the strong. DeSantis didn’t hesitate to use that book if he thought it would benefit him politically.

And it’s so good maybe politically favorable to him.

More and more, DeSantis looks more like Donald Trump’s main rival in the 2024 presidential race. Trump has a much bigger Republican Audience – Present. But by Frank LuntzAs a veteran GOP pollster, Trump’s popularity may have peaked.

Meanwhile, DeSantis’ political star is on the rise. His preference among independents is over 60 percent, according to a March 25 poll by McLaughlin & Associates. National Review’s conservative editor, Rich Lowry, has an explanation: DeSantis comes “no distracting obsessions of the former president. ”

Keep that in mind as you consider the areas where DeSantis presents a clearer present and future danger than Trump.

The first is Covid. DeSantis ran around Trump calling out the anti-vaccination crowd. As New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall points out: “Where Trump is tiptoes to vaccine skepticism, DeSantis jump in with both feetbanned private companies such as travel agencies from requiring vaccinations, appointed a vaccine skeptic to the state’s top office and declined to say whether he received a booster dose. “

There is nothing harmless about this stance. DeSantis treats the debate as a personal choice. Whether you want protection or not, your choice “doesn’t affect me or anyone else” he said in 2021. But that lie fueled months of drug resistance. It not only destroys public health, but also weakens the relationships that bind us.

Consistently where Trump has sown divisive messages, DeSantis has done more harm by turning them into actual (state) policy. Race divisive proposals aside, he also attack the LGBTQ community and created a backlash of brutal homophobia. On March 28, DeSantis signed the law prohibits teacher-led instruction or discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for the student according to state standards.” (The law prohibits all such classroom instruction in grades kindergarten through third.)

The act shows how a politician is willing to bring anti-gay bias into the vote by marginalizing the youth and reinforcing what until a few years ago felt like completely outdated culture. Following this effort, we have noticed an increase in divisive, homophobic rhetoric accusing LGBT-inclusive teachers and parents of “groomed” kidsor even pedophilia.

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And despite condemnation from around the country, the governor still doubled down. On Tuesday, DeSantis retaliated against Disney Co.announced that it will suspend political contributions within the state because of anti-gay guidelines. He is currently pushing the Florida Legislature to punitively revoke Disney World’s autonomy over its properties in the state.

Similar to voter suppression, Trump may be in favor of making it harder to vote – but DeSantis has accomplished it. He then advertises his effort on Trump’s favorite network.

Last March, DeSantis Joins “Fox & Friends” arrive Sign Senate Bill 90, adds strict new identification requirements for Florida voters who wish to vote by mail and restricts the use of ballot boxes. Fox News is only news authorized organization at the time of signing.

One final example of DeSantis seeking to turn discussions of culture wars into law is his push for expand Florida’s “Stand Firm” status while suppressing the protests. His 2021 anti-riot law will even grant Floridians those driving through civil legal immunity protests, an act that can be deadly. In September, a federal court that orders the operation of the statute on the grounds that its ambiguity and breadth have chilled freedoms of speech and assembly.

DeSantis spent most of his time in office showing how much he respects the Second Amendment and despises the First Amendment.

Most Americans still believe that in the public square, leaders find common ground essential to the survival of a republic. Obviously, that was less important to DeSantis than success in the Republican Party and his own ambitions. If he emerges as a national contender, be ready to go against his brand of pedagogical status.

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