DeSantis On Going After The Deep State: ‘We Are Going To Start Slitting Throats On Day One’
ANKENY, IOWA - JULY 15: Republican presidential candidate Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn’s “Operation Top Nunn: Salute to Our Troops" fundraiser on July 15, 2023 in Ankeny, Iowa. Yesterday DeSantis joined several other Republican presidential candidates at the Family Leadership Summit in nearby Des Moines.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis did not mince words this week while discussing his plans for confronting the deep state should he become the next President of the United States.

“We’re going to have all of these deep state people, you know, we are going to start slitting throats on day one,” DeSantis said this week at a barbecue campaign event in Rye, New Hampshire, according to The Hill.

“You’re going to see a huge, huge outcry because Washington wants to protect its own,” DeSantis added.

The remarks are similar to comments he made last month during an interview in which he was talking about staffing at the Pentagon.

“I think the idea that you take a flag [officer] or general officer who recently retired and put them as [secretary of Defense], I think it is a mistake,” DeSantis said.

“You know, they may have to slit some throats. And it’s a lot harder to do that if these are people that you’ve trained with in the past or that you know,” DeSantis said. “So we’re going to have somebody out there, you know, be very firm, very strong, but they are going to make sure that we have the best people in the best positions, and there’s not going to be necessarily prior relationships that would cloud that judgment.”

DeSantis’ remarks triggered left-wing federal employee unions, who claimed that his remarks were “shameful” and that it proved he “has no place in public office.”

Former President Donald Trump has also proposed slashing large numbers from the federal workforce should he return to the Oval Office.


Recent polling from The New York Times has found that Trump and DeSantis remain by far the top two candidates in the Republican primary with no other candidates rising above 3%.

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