At a Friday event in South Carolina where he was defending parental rights legislation, Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis reportedly responded to a heckler by shoving him.
“We’re not going to let them impose an agenda on our kids, we’re going to stand up for our kids. We’re gonna make sure to do it right. That’s what we’re gonna do!” DeSantis said after a heckler loudly vulgarly called him a ‘fascist.’
“Parents have a fundamental right to direct the education and upbringing of their children. The school systems are important, but they’re there to support the community.” DeSantis said right before the heckler interrupted him.
“They’re not there to supersede the rights of parents and what they think is appropriate, and so we’ve enacted protections for parents such as curriculum transparency, so that they have a right to know what books are being used and what curriculum is being taught to their kids,” he continued.
DeSantis, who declared his presidential campaign on May 24, passed a bill defending parental rights in Florida in March 2022, which sparked a dispute with Disney over the latter’s resistance to the measure.