Ventura Star: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to hundreds of supporters at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Simi Valley on Sunday, potentially marking Ventura County’s first event of the 2024 presidential primary.
“DeSantis appeared to promote his new book, “The Courage to Be Free,” which was published last week. During his speech, however, DeSantis sounded more like he was on the campaign trail than a book tour….
“Not everyone at the Reagan library on Sunday was thrilled DeSantis paid a visit. Roughly 100 protesters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties lined the entrance to the campus, many carrying protest signs or LGBTQ pride flags…
“Outside, Simi Valley resident Sarah Santitoro said she began attending protests in the the wake of Donald Trump’s election in 2016, and she felt compelled to show up Sunday in response to DeSantis.
“‘For me, I want to make sure people know this is unacceptable for Simi Valley,’ Santitoro said.
“Many signs alluded to DeSantis’ signing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill into law, which prohibits public school employees from discussing gender identity and sexuality with students in third grade or younger. Other signs accused DeSantis of embracing far-right fascist politics. Earlier Sunday morning, Reagan library officials discovered the front entrance sign was vandalized with black spray paint reading ‘Ron DeFascist.’
“Oxnard resident Michael McKeon attended the protest with his husband. He serves as treasurer for the Ventura County chapter of the LGBTQ advocacy group Stonewall Democrats and has participated in protests by Act Up and other LGBTQ-rights organizations.
“‘It’s a great turnout to chase Ron DeSantis out of California and send him back to Florida,’ McKeon said.”