Ben-Ghiat calls DeSantis ‘an authoritarian figure’

During Remarks On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he believes a school district would be within its right to require kids to stow their phones somewhere like a “caby” so they won’t be distracted during class — he suggested that children could use their phones during recess.

“He’s so dangerous in every way. Truly an authoritarian figure,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor at New York University tweeted in response to a clip of DeSantis’ remarks.

Her tweet raised eyebrows.

“He’s dangerous because he thinks students shouldn’t use the phone in class?” Tim Meads of the Daily Wire tweeted.

“When I saw this tweet, I braced myself for a terrible example of DeSantis’ authoritarianism. Instead, I heard a governor say that schoolchildren should put their cell phones in a bin during class,” said David Bernstein, founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values tweeted.

“It seems authoritarian now for teachers to control their own classrooms,” said Dan McLaughlin of National Review tweeted.

In another tweet, Ben-Ghiat added“It’s not the phones, it’s the people. It’s the arrogance of a man who wants to control everything and everyone: companies, students, other politicians. He wants to dictate what you learn and read, how you train your staff, and more.”

DeSantis, who won a second term during the Sunshine State’s gubernatorial race last year, is widely viewed as a figure who could potentially make a bid for the White House in 2024.

While DeSantis hasn’t announced any plans to pursue the presidency, former President Donald Trump has announced last year that he ran again for the presidency.

Ben Ghiat has claims that “the goal of #strongmen like Trump is to make Americans their worst selves so that his trash (lying corruption violence) becomes the norm in politics and makes the emergence of authoritarian rule much easier.”

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Laura Coffey

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