Has bumptious belligerent bully Flori-DUH Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS, former Yale U. Baseball Team Captain run aground in his race for President?
Has DeSANTIS proved anything other than that the extremists in the Republican Party of Florida still believes in affirmative action, as long as it is for repulsive rebarbative retromingent redneck jerk jocks?
From USA Today:
Ron DeSantis pushes racist tropes in latest comments about basketball and baseball players
Ron DeSantis isn't telling the truth. He knows when he uses a racist dog whistle in speaking about basketball players − not a dog whistle actually, a bullhorn ... wait, not a bullhorn, stadium speakers − that he's being purposefully misleading. Someone who went to Harvard and Yale cannot be this dumb, so yes, he is doing something else, and it's an attempt to appeal to the worst instincts of some of his followers. This is what I mean.
DeSantis did an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network and one of the topics was baseball. The interviewer called it a "thinking man's game" (another dog whistle/bullhorn/stadium speaker) then asked the Florida governor and presidential hopeful his thoughts on the sport.
Also, the work ethic of NBA players is second to none. You don't think LeBron James works hard? Or Steph Curry? Curry turned himself into one of the best shooters of all time because of a remarkable work ethic. Michael Jordan got the way he did because of his competitiveness. He wasn't born dunking a basketball.
And basketball is as much of a "thinking man's game" as any other sport.
DeSantis knows all of this but he must play dumb for a base that likes to see Black Americans denigrated. And make no mistake, DeSantis bringing up the NBA, when not asked about it, was strategic. The right has long targeted the league because of its activism, with one of the biggest moments being Fox host Laura Ingraham telling James to shut up and dribble.
Also, to be clear, it's not just that he used the word freaks in itself. It's the total context. I've used the phrase before. I no longer do because I don't like what it implies. And, again, he uses it in the context of baseball players as normal worker bees and NBA players as freaks.
DeSantis doesn't get the benefit of the doubt here. He's been misleading many times before when it comes to race. In fact, DeSantis is one of the most prominent anti-Black politicians alive. The NAACP even issued a travel advisory warning Black Americans about going to the state because of DeSantis' policies.
He's misled about critical race theory saying it teaches children to hate America. He's misled about wokeness, saying it's a threat. He said America wasn't built on stolen land. Anyone who lives on Earth 1 knows it was.
So, yes, DeSantis knows exactly what he's doing.
And it's terrible.