A video released by Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis’ campaign has been slammed as “homophobic” by gay Republicans. The video highlights previous statements by former President Donald Trump in support of gay rights. On Friday, June 30, the Florida gubernatorial campaign posted a video on Twitter saying it marked the end of a month of LGBTQ+ pride celebrations.
“To wrap up Pride month, let’s hear from the politician who has done more to celebrate Pride month than any other Republican,” the campaign said. Considering Donald’s 2016 pledge to “do my best can protect our LGBTQ citizens” and Ron’s conservative approach to LGBTQ+ rights.
The video features a montage of the muscular man and shows what appear to be lightning bolts flying out of Ron’s eyes. Activists have lamented his efforts to limit transgender rights. It is not yet known who the creator of the video is.
“It’s unmistakably homophobic,” tweeted Richard Grenell, the first openly gay White House cabinet official as acting director of national intelligence. He works during Donald’s 2017-2021 administration.
Ron has long supported state laws that limit medical care for transgender children and do not allow minors to participate in drag shows.
Ron announced in May 2023 that he planned to run in the Republican presidential primary. “I’m running for president of the United States to lead our great American renaissance,” he said at an event with Elon Musk and David Sachs, according to CNN. “But we Knowing that our country is going in the wrong direction. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. We feel it in our bones.”
Rowan addressed the audience, insisting that the country is heading in the wrong direction under President Joe Biden. “My promise to you is this: If you nominate me, you can turn your clocks forward to noon on January 20, 2025, as I will be sworn in on the west side of the United States Capitol as the 47th President of the United States of America, ’ said DeSantis. “No excuses, I’ll get the job done.”
While Ron didn’t directly criticize Trump, he did seem to attack him. “There is no substitute for victory,” the governor said. “We must end the culture of failure that has infected the Republican Party in recent years.”
“When I tell people I’m going to do something, even Florida’s harshest critics will admit it,” he said. “I don’t make promises lightly or say I will do something lightly.”