Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis has shed light on Tory minister Kemi Badenoch’s ‘anti-woke’ mission, revealing that Badenoch committed to following Florida’s lead in the UK.
DeSantis spent April 28 in the UK on the last leg of his four-country tour of Japan, Israel, and South Korea, as part of an effort to boost his profile as a Republican presidential hopeful.
In London, DeSantis met with Conservative foreign secretary James Cleverly and business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch, who also holds the title of minister for women and equalities.
As part of his flying UK visit, he also headlined a private, high-profile event co-hosted with Lloyd’s of London, where he delivered a speech to business chiefs that were dubbed horrendous and low-wattage by attendees.
In an interview with The Telegraph, published on Sunday, the Florida governor indulged in a bizarre rant about woke ideology and claimed that Badenoch not only complimented what we are doing in Florida but is committed to doing the same in Britain.
At no point in the interview did DeSantis define what did he mean by “woke ideology”. The Florida governor is known for his support for extreme anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, including the state’s expanded ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. LGBTQ+ rights group Equality Florida described the Don’t Say Gay expansion as an insatiable lust for government censorship.