January 7, 2023

Ron DeSantis has appointed right-wing shitstirrer Christopher Rufo, who crafted the campaign against CRT, to the board of trustees of the New College of Florida. Rufo, who is a kind of man/weasel hybrid, lives in Gig Harbor, Washington. What a commute, huh? Via Media Matters:

Rufo is a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute and has spent years attempting to inject bigotry and incorrect information into mainstream discourses about gay and trans people, drag queens, and the academic discipline known as critical race theory. Rufo is also a frequent guest on Fox News, including on Tucker Carlson’s prime-time show.

“My ambition is to help the new board majority transform New College into a classical liberal arts institution,” Rufo tweeted in response to the news. “We are recapturing higher education.”

Rufo has long wanted to exert conservative control over educational policy, calling teachers “political predators” under a pretext of curriculum transparency. Now, with a new formal appointment, he’s positioned to threaten the safety and well-being of Black and LGBTQ students at New College of Florida, a public liberal arts school with a reportedly significant gay and trans population.

People keep saying DeSantis can't become president, "he's too whiny." I hope they're right, because he's relentless in his drive to make over the state of Florida in his extremist image.

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