‘Despicable’ pimping: Ron DeSantis roasted for bizarre claim about his upbringing
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ― a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination next year ― is being roasted on social media for a new claim about his background.
DeSantis wrote in his best-selling but poorly reviewed new memoir that he was “geographically raised in Tampa Bay,” referring to his upbringing largely in the Pinellas County community of Dunedin.
But he claimed that his “cultural” background was quite different from his “geographical” background.
“(C)ulturally, my upbringing reflected the working-class communities of western Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio — from weekly church attendance to the hope that one would earn a living,” he wrote. “It made me God-fearing, hardworking and loving America.”
NBC News notes that DeSantis’ claim stems from his parents’ “geographical” background: His father grew up in Pennsylvania and his parents met while attending Youngstown State University in Ohio.
But the governor himself has never lived in either place, which happens to be key to any presidential ambitions.
His detractors were quick to point this out and share a few other thoughts on his claim: