Ron DeSantis just promised to shut down these four federal agencies if elected President in 2024

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More and more Americans are waking up to the fact that the federal government has grown too large and too powerful.

This is leading many Republicans to go past the usual promises of slashing the government.

And Ron DeSantis just promised to shut down these four federal agencies if elected President in 2024.

Ron DeSantis wants to shut down four federal agencies to reduce the “scope of government”

Ron DeSantis has identified several federal agencies that he plans to shutter if elected in 2024. He made the announcement in an interview with Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum. DeSantis said he has a backup plan if he fails to succeed in shutting them down.

“Are you in favor of eliminating any agencies?” MacCallum asked DeSantis. “I know conservatives in the past have talked about closing down the Department of Education. Would you do that?” 

DeSantis made it clear that his administration would focus on reducing “the scope of government” by shutting down four federal agencies. He promised he would focus his efforts on abolishing the IRS, the Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Energy.

But DeSantis understands this will be a difficult undertaking, which is why he has a backup plan in place.

If DeSantis can’t eliminate them – he will rewrite the rules for the agencies

DeSantis went on to say that he will “be prepared” for the difficulties associated with shutting down these four agencies. “If Congress won’t go that far, I’m going to use those agencies to push back against woke ideology and against the leftism that we see creeping into all institutions of American life.”

In other words, if lawmakers won’t work with him to shut the agencies down, then he will simply rewrite the rules. He said if he can’t shut down the Department of Education, then he will “reverse all the transgender sports stuff” and “reverse policies trying to inject” the transgender agenda into government schools.

DeSantis said his administration would “have an accreditation system for higher ed, which is not trying to foment things like DEI and CRT.” He said that policy changes can also be seen as a “win for conservatives.”

Donald Trump promised to solve the same problems, but with a different approach.

DeSantis supports Trump’s plan

Former President Donald Trump has been talking about eliminating ideologues in the government since he campaigned in 2016. During his first term, he lauded his plan to go “Schedule F” on all the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

Trump wants to expand the President’s ability to allow him to fire government workers and build his own. “We will pass critical reforms making every executive branch employee fireable by the President of the United States. The Deep State must and will be brought to heel,” Trump said in March.

DeSantis has shown public support for Trump’s “Schedule F” initiative. “When they’re abusing power, and they’re going outside of what is appropriate, they absolutely should be terminated, and terminated swiftly,” DeSantis said, before adding that “we’re going to be doing that in a big way.”

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