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The Florida governor, who is finally expected to make his presidential ambitions official soon, has a terrifying blueprint.
It’s hard to remember a time when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wasn’t acting like a man thirsting for the presidency. But after endless speculation and refusals to make his ambitions official, he’s expected finally to announce that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination next week.
So what would a DeSantis administration look like? The last chapter of The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival, his second memoir, is titled “Make America Florida,” which seems to make clear that DeSantis hopes to bring his twisted views on freedom to the White House. Look no further than his legislative record for specifics: The governor’s pen has been used to enact countless bans and restrictions on issues ranging from reproductive rights to property rights. Since they’ve been spewed out so frequently—sometimes in the dead of night as with his six-week abortion ban—we’ve put together a list of some of the key bills DeSantis signed into l aw this session to help keep track of all his work.
Defunded diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Florida’s state colleges and universities
Prohibited public colleges from requiring students, faculty, and staff to express support for DEI initiatives prior to admittance or hiring
Signed an expansive immigration bill, in response to the expiration of Title 42—a controversial Trump-era measure that used an obscure public health authority to turn away migrants. The DeSantis bill:
You can look at the entire bill here.
Prohibited Chinese nationals from buying land unless they are either American citizens or permanent residents