Florida governor Ron DeSantis has made a name for himself by being at the forefront of the push to fight back against the COVID insanity that has been sweeping the nation.

DeSantis is perhaps the best known of a group of governors who have refused to submit to the COVID regime. Right now, Florida is open, no longer on lockdown and free of mask mandates. Its COVID numbers, which experts warned would be abysmal, are instead quite low.

But DeSantis has done more to distinguish himself as a star in the Republican Party. He also had some deservedly harsh words for the corrosive pseudo-intellectual leftist propaganda known as critical race theory.

DeSantis Unloads on Critical Race Theory

On the night of April 29, Fox News personality Laura Ingraham hosted a town hall event featuring a group of anti-lockdown Republican governors. It was called “Red State Trailblazers,” and it was held in Orlando, Florida. Though DeSantis was the most prominent and recognizable member of the group, four other governors — Texas’ Greg Abbot, Iowa’s Kim Reynolds, Nebraska’s Pete Rickets and Mississippi’s Tate Reeves — were also present.

Though the governors did discuss the subject of lockdown restrictions, Governor DeSantis caused quite a stir — and no doubt elicited cheers from normal people all across the country — when the subject of critical race theory came up.

When Ingraham asked him to respond to the claim that America is “a systemically racist county” — which is what critical race theory proponents believe — DeSeantis held nothing back. He said very bluntly that he considered that proposition to be “a bunch of horse manure.”

“This country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world,” DeSantis said, “and it doesn’t matter where you trace your ancestry from.” At this, the assembled crowd erupted into applause.

Continuing on the subject of critical race theory and those who propagate it, DeSantis went on to say that, “They’re basically saying all our institutions are bankrupt, and they’re illegitimate. Okay, so how do you have a society if everything in your society is illegitimate?”

DeSantis pointed out critical race theory is really “a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology.” He also pointed out that Florida has banned any taxpayer money from going to the teaching of critical race theory.

Critical race theory first emerged in obscure academic departments in major American universities in the 1980s and 1990s, though it has roots that reach back much further to a group of German emigre intellectuals who founded what came to be known as the Frankfurt School. One of the members of this group, Herbert Marcuse, was very influential among student left-wing radicals during the 1960s.

According to the Frankfurt School and its associated ideas, collectively called critical theory, all of society is essentially a conspiracy against the individual.

Therefore, in the name of “liberation,” every institution whatsoever, from families to churches, the police and the government itself — must be criticized. Critical race theory simply brought race into this toxic brew.

DeSantis is right to consider critical race theory corrosive, and he is right to trace its roots to Marxism. All of the members of the Frankfurt School were Marxists.

Normal people should rejoice that there is someone with political influence who will stand up to that poisonous tripe.