White House hits at DeSantis’ when asked about NAACP Florida travel ‘ban’
White House hits at DeSantis’ when asked about NAACP Florida travel ‘ban’: Karine Jean-Pierre claims Florida lawmakers have ‘attacked diversity’ and ‘limited the teaching of Black history’
- NAACP’s national board of directors issued the travel advisory on Saturday
- Said Florida is ‘is openly hostile toward African Americans’ under DeSantis
- Karine Jean-Pierre called out ‘misguided’ policies on diversity and inclusion
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tore into Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ‘Florida plan’ Tuesday when asked about an NAACP ‘travel advisory’ for the state that calls the state ‘openly hostile’ to African Americans.
Jean-Pierre avoided comment on the ban specifically when asked about it at her daily press briefing. But that didn’t stop her from ripping state ‘lawmakers’ – in a series of digs that didn’t mention the Florida governor, who plans to announce his presidential campaign tomorrow, by name.
‘So I’m not going to to comment on the travel advisory specifically, but I’ll say this broadly and where we have been as administration as the White House, we’ve been outspoken about the impact of misguided policies’ in the state, she said.
‘Lawmakers in Florida have attacked diversity and inclusion efforts and limited the teaching of black history, and they have launched attacks on LGBT, immigrants, educators, and women’s reproductive freedom. That’s what you have seen from lawmakers in Florida,’ she said.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went after ‘Florida lawmakers’ during her Tuesday press briefing when asked about the NAACP’s ‘travel advisory’ for the state
‘So I will let NAACP, I’ll let LULAC speak to their specific specifics of their travel advisories. But she said the administration was going to ‘speak out against discriminatory policies pushed by state state leaders across the country … by Republicans, extreme Republicans putting forward these policies, that hurt Americans, that take[s] away their freedom,’ she said.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has issued a similar advisory.
Her comments came days after the group on Saturday issued an advisory stating that ‘Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.’
‘Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,’ it adds.
DeSantis, who is set to have an online conversation with Twitter head Elon Musk Wednesday before a planned event in Miami Thursday, called the idea a ‘joke.’
Her blasts at the state come hours before DeSantis is set to announce his presidential campaign
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson speaks onstage during the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET, at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for BET)
DeSantis is vowing to run on his record in the state, bringing his battles against ‘woke’ policies to the national stage.
On Monday he signed a bill prohibiting state colleges and universities from spending funds on diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
The Republican governor also backed a measure to block the Advanced Placement African American studies course in public schools, saying the course ‘lacks educational value.’
Fedrick Ingram, the head of the Florida Education Association, the teacher’s union, said he was ‘appalled’ and ‘saddened’ by the move.
He has also earned nationwide headlines for his battles with Disney over its own diversity statements – although last week the company announced it was pulling the plug on a planned $1 billion campus in Orlando.
‘Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, the state of Florida has become hostile to Black Americans and in direct conflict with the democratic ideals that our union was founded upon,’ said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson in a statement when the organization announced the ban.