Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, reportedly underlined the urgent need to “rejuvenate morale” in the American military as communist policies and philosophies start to gain ground.
On Memorial Day, DeSantis appeared on “Fox & Friends” to discuss his strategy to bring about change if he wins the 2024 presidential election.
He said that the military has changed significantly while he was a member.
“I see a lot of emphasis now on political ideologies, things like gender pronouns. I see a lot about things like [diversity, equity and inclusion]. And I think that that’s caused recruiting to plummet. I think it’s driven off a lot of warriors, and I think morale is low.” He noted.
“The military I see is different from the military I served in,” He continued.
DeSantis enlisted in the US Navy in 2004, and he was later promoted to lieutenant.
He spent time in Iraq and Guantanamo before working as a special assistant U.S. attorney in Florida from 2006 to 2010. He then served until 2019 in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Although DeSantis stated that he intends to launch a campaign to challenge China, he insisted that the most pressing requirement is to increase recruitment and restore credibility in the organization.
DeSantis visited with 9/11-affected families over the weekend. He said that more than 20 years after the attacks, people are still expressing dissatisfaction and a yearning for justice.
“They’ve been made promises in the past about getting help, and then basically some of our elected leaders have reneged on those promises. And so I think that they’ve been punched in the gut a number of times,” DeSantis said.