DeSantis, Iowa Republicans grill “woke-ism” at Feenstra Family Picnic


Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra at the third annual Feenstra Family Picnic.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined prominent Iowa Republicans in denouncing President Joe Biden and “woke-ism” at the 3rd annual Feenstra Family Picnic in the Dean Classic Car Museum in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said that she is competitive with DeSantis and that when governors are competitive, “Americans win.” Reynolds added that they are not done working.

“We’re sick and tired of the lectures from the far left who treat parents as terrorists, who push their insane gender ideologies on our kids all the time,” Reynolds said. “All the while they’re stripping our freedoms away at will.”

Sen. Joni Ernst, who is an army veteran, said Biden is focused on “woke-ism” in the military and that he appointed “woke” department heads.

“Just in the last few weeks his focus is electric vehicles for the military by 2030,” Ernst said. “What the heck Mr. President? I don’t think there were many charging stations in Iraq and I would’ve hated to have pulled over our convoys to charge up our vehicles.”

Rep. Randy Feenstra said the Iowa congressional delegation continues to fight against the “liberal progressive agenda” from Biden, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelsoi.

“We, each of us, we know how to grow our communities,” Feenstra said. “So I say to the democrats leave us alone.”

DeSantis headlined the event and spoke to the crowd for nearly 40 minutes. He thanked the Iowa federal delegation for their work and praised Reynolds’ leadership for “churning out” legislation during this year’s session.

“I was here in March, and someone kind of took note and they’re like, ‘Man, look, all the steps Iowa is doing, Iowa is like the Florida of the Midwest,’” DeSantis said. “But I just want to let you know, after watching all the good stuff you’ve done in Iowa, it may be that Florida’s the Iowa, the southeast.”

DeSantis said sanity needs to be restored in the country referencing the national debt.

“The Democrats keep spending and borrowing like drunken sailors,” DeSantis said. “If you compare how Florida’s managed or Iowa’s managed to states governed by leftist politicians, it’s like night and day, they disrespect their taxpayers, they drive off businesses [and] many of those states don’t even have as many jobs as they did prior to COVID.”

DeSantis said that the cartels need to be held accountable and so should the Mexican government for not stopping them.

“Don’t let anyone tell you if you’re not a border town that this isn’t affecting you,” DeSantis said. “I’ve met mothers throughout Florida who have lost children because of fentanyl overdose and if we had a secure border, a lot of that wouldn’t happen.”

DeSantis also voiced support for a wall along the southern border.

Echoing Ernst, DeSantis said integrity needs to be restored into major institutions and claimed that the military is recruiting with drag queens which he said was “fundamentally wrong.”

“I think we need to get the military focused on what it’s supposed to be,” DeSantis said. “I don’t want to run into any more veterans saying, ‘You know, governor, I don’t think that I would want my son or daughter to join the military anymore,’ how sad is that?”

Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeSantis said the “world lost its mind” and that Florida and Iowa did it right.

“We refuse to let our state descend into some type of ‘Fauci-an’ dystopia where people’s livelihoods were destroyed and their rights were curtailed,” DeSantis said. “No, in Florida, we chose freedom over ‘Faucism’, and we were better off as a result.”

DeSantis did not define “Faucism” but was seemingly referring to Former Chief Medical Adviser to the President of the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“Don’t let them rewrite history about the last three years, ‘Faucism’ was wrong,” DeSantis said. “‘Faucism’ was disruptive to this country and we can never let anything like that happen ever again in these United States.”

DeSantis closed by saying that having the best Declaration of Independence and Constitution in the world does not amount to much without people willing to stand up throughout history.

“So when I say to you as Republicans, but on the full armor of God, take your stand, stand firm for truth,” DeSantis said. “We must fight the good fight. We must finish the race and we must keep the faith.”

While DeSantis has not formally announced his candidacy for president, 37 Iowa GOP legislators have endorsed him if he were to run including Iowa Senate President Amy Sinclair and House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl.