DeSantis gave a victory speech at his campaign’s headquarters in Tampa and declared that Florida’s electorate had “rewritten the political map.” He denounced what he called “woke ideology” and told a cheering crowd that “Florida is where woke goes to die.”
“We have embraced freedom. We have maintained law and order. We have protected the rights of parents,” said DeSantis, seemingly in reference to Florida’sand , both of which have faced lawsuits and public backlash. The first of those measures, officially called the “Parental Rights in Education” bill, bans discussions involving sexual orientation and gender identity from instruction in K-3 classrooms, and the second prohibits K-12 schools from teaching critical race theory, among other restrictions.
“We have respected our taxpayers and we reject woke ideology,” DeSantis continued. “We fight the woke in the legislature. We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die.”
DeSantis’ reelection and the focus of his victory speech not only reaffirmed the changing political landscape in Florida and potentially foreshadowed the term ahead, they also fueled speculation about his possible run for president in 2024. Former President Donald Trump, whose earlier endorsement helped boost DeSantis but who has also recently, has indicated that to run again are imminent.
Trump told the Wall Street Journal that a possible White House run by DeSantis would be “a mistake,” warning, “If he did run, I will tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering.”
“I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign,” Trump told the news outlet.
DeSantis has not responded outright to Trump’s comments, nor has he announced his intentions for 2024.