DeSantis administration slams Axios, 'historian' for comparing parental rights laws to Holocaust

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' office has criticized media outlet Axios and historian Dr. Jake Newsome for maligning a state law that bans LGBT indoctrination in public schools. The law, dubbed the "Parental Rights in Education" law, was passed in 2022 and expanded the following year. It restricts discussions of sexuality for older children to "age-appropriate" content and requires parents to be informed of any changes that could affect their child's physical, emotional, or mental well-being.

Left-wing activists and media allies have attacked the law, falsely calling it a "Don't Say Gay Bill," claiming it targets LGBT teachers and students. Despite their efforts, the law remained, and Axios published a story comparing it to the Holocaust. Dr. Jake Newsome, an LGBTQ+ historian, gave a talk at the Florida Holocaust Museum, drawing parallels between the Nazis' persecution of homosexual men and current anti-LGBTQ+ laws. He claimed, "In today's era of the Republican Party's 'Don't Say Gay' bills, we need the pink triangle more than ever."

DeSantis' communications director Bryan Griffin criticized the media for spreading false narratives about the law and recently reached a settlement that clarified that the law did not prohibit references to homosexuality or transgenderism in schools. He called the comparison to the Holocaust "dishonest media activism at its very worst." Spokeswoman Christina Pushaw called it "absurd and disrespectful," and any historian who makes such comparisons "makes a mockery of his profession."

Despite the criticism, left-wing activists and media outlets have continued to promote comparisons of parental rights laws with the Holocaust.