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NYC Activists Protest DeSantis Address to Jewish Group

  • Florida governor accused of leveraging culture-war issues
  • Speculation growing that DeSantis weighing presidential run
Demonstrators protest an event featuring Ron DeSantis at Chelsea Piers in New York on June 12.
Demonstrators protest an event featuring Ron DeSantis at Chelsea Piers in New York on June 12.Photographer: Allison Nicole Smith/Bloomberg
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About 100 progressive activists rallied in New York City on Sunday to protest an event at Chelsea Piers entertainment center featuring Ron DeSantis, as speculation grows that the Florida governor is gearing up for a presidential run.

Protesters chanted “Shame” and “Boycott Chelsea Piers” as they brandished signs outside the Jewish Leadership Conference, an annual event produced by the conservative nonprofit Tikvah Fund. DeSantis, who rounded off the day’s speakers with a discussion on “The Florida Model and Why It’s Good for Religious Americans,” couldn’t resist taking a swipe at his detractors from the outset.