Lincoln Project drags ‘worst Governor’ Ron DeSantis in new ad

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Another blistering ad targets "America's Governor."

The Lincoln Project is arguing Ron DeSantis is the “worst Governor in America” in a new ad released Wednesday as a targeted digital buy in Tallahassee.

The video starts with some file news footage from the peak of the Florida COVID-19 resurgence this summer, with descriptions of a state in “crisis,” the “hot bed of the pandemic.”

“Where’s Ron DeSantis,” a crisp female voice asks, “Laughing it up in New Jersey, raising money for himself.”

“He ran as a mini-me Trump. Now he’s trying to prove he’s more Trump than Trump and doesn’t care how many Floridians have to die,” the voiceover continues. “Ron DeSantis: the worst Governor in America.”

Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said “DeSantis is working hard to ensure he wins the America’s Next Top Trump reality show for the 2024 presidential contest, no matter how many Floridians suffer from his reckless COVID policies.”

“His absolute failure on COVID is both political and grotesque, and the Lincoln Project will continue to call him out on it,” Wilson added.

This commercial is the second blast at the DeSantis/Trump axis in a week. A spot rolled out last week positing that Trump was old news in the GOP, and that the man supporters call “America’s Governor” is “running away” with Republican loyalties.

The 60-second spot trolls Trump, with a female narrator saying “people are trying to forget about you … people you made … people like Ron DeSantis.”

Though the most recent Lincoln Project spot refers to a trip to New Jersey (a fundraising trip he did not want to answer Florida Politics‘ questions about), the Governor has been out of state even more recently seeking donations and national publicity.

DeSantis found himself in Iowa-adjacent Nebraska City, Nebraska, last weekend, at an event with other conservative standard bearers, offering his familiar homilies about standing in the way of Joe Biden and dropping hints that he just may be persuaded to run for President after all.

He’s much more coy with reporters in Florida, however.

The Governor dismissed a question about whether he will run for President in 2024 as manufactured “nonsense” earlier this month.

“All the speculation about me is purely manufactured,” DeSantis told reporters in St. Cloud. “I just do my job.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


33 comments

  • Alex

    September 15, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Ron DeSantis.

    A founding member of the flaming far right freedom caucus together with such intellectual luminaries as Gym Jordan, Louie “dumbest man in Congress” Gohmert, and our favorite pedophile Matt Gaetz, who is a close friend.

    Yes Florida, you had to be crazy to elect this guy governor, and now many of you have paid for it with your lives and your health because this nutcase thinks business is more important than people, and that we need more nutcases like him in positions of power.

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    • Andrew Finn

      September 15, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Yes Alex, sadly, you are exactly right about us being crazy to have elected this moron. And, yes, I have to admit that I voted for him. Biggest political error of my voting history. I have been a Republican voter on local, state, and national levels for decades, but next year I will “break ranks” and vote for anybody (and I mean ANYBODY) who runs against the Emperor DeSantis. ———- I sure miss old Claude Kirk !!!!!!

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    • Peopeor

      September 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

      Comece a gerar dinheiro sem demora … O Google oferece empregos para os quais as pessoas podem trabalhar on-line em suas casas e ganhei US $ 24.795 n0 primeiro mês com este trabalho. Fiquei chocado quando minha vizinha me disse que ela estava ganhando em média US $ 30.000, mas vejo como funciona agora. Sinto tanta liberdade agora que sou meu próprio patrão. Isto é o que eu faço ………. >>>>>>>>>>READ MORE

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  • PeterH

    September 15, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    There is absolutely no future for today’s Republican Party of Trump. The excerpts from “PERIL” confirm American’s worst fears. Today’s GQP is an international embarrassment.

    The Republican Party could have impeached AND REMOVED this lying racist birther fraud president ….. but they didn’t! Trump sucker punched these weak do nothings ….. and they caved!

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a Trump bootlicker! DeSantis wouldn’t be Governor without Trump’s endorsement….. two miserable failures who deserve to permanently removed from politics.

    Today Republican Party MUST BE DESTROYED before it can be rebuilt with new competent leadership. Cleaning out the Republican back room will take a decade. Let’s fill the dumpster in 2022! It’s a start.

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  • Frankie M.

    September 15, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    DeSantis is alot like Carmen San Diego. You just never know where he’s gonna pop up with a fundraiser for his next office. Where in the midwest is Ronnie DeSantis?

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  • Tom

    September 15, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    AG you must be working in concert with these three losers. Really low end, as if Lincoln project knows or accomplishes anything. What a joke. You just failed to shoe horn the nikki fraud in for a cheap quoteSs usual.

    Peter H you are bottom of the barrel. How’s it feel to be on the curb with the other two. Predator org Lincoln project. How’s Schmidt & Wilson. Just gross.

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    • Ocean Joe

      September 15, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Hey Tommy, leave the kids alone a minute. I want to hear your take on the California recall flop…..

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      • Tom

        September 15, 2021 at 8:22 pm

        He won.

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        • Tom

          September 15, 2021 at 8:33 pm

          I’m honored Joe.

          Cali is lost since the late 90’s.
          The proposition to allow illegals to access free healthcare was defeated and then passed in backlash. It’s 2 1/2 to one Dem, unlike 50/50 Florida.

          Newsom ran on attacking Elder, Trump. He has no record of accomplishment, none. Cali is atrocious.

          Compared to and Unlike DeSantis who has many things accomplished.

          Cali has Affordable housing crisis, immense icrime, store robberies, $1000 free to steal, drugs on the street, severe homeless on street, text cities, and so much more.

          That’s the cliff notes version.
          I’ll sign autos after cocktailsz
          LOL.

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          • Peopeor

            September 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

            Comece a gerar dinheiro sem demora … O Google oferece empregos para os quais as pessoas podem trabalhar on-line em suas casas e ganhei US $ 24.795 n0 primeiro mês com este trabalho. Fiquei chocado quando minha vizinha me disse que ela estava ganhando em média US $ 30.000, mas vejo como funciona agora. Sinto tanta liberdade agora que sou meu próprio patrão. Isto é o que eu faço ………. >>>>>>>>>>DETAILS HERE

          • AKEddie

            September 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm

            Tom, Gov. DeSantos, many accomplishments, like the state with the highest number of COVID-19.

          • David Jurist

            September 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

            No housing crisis when buildings collapse like a third world country. Tally the bodies from preventable COVID deaths and come up with a dollar amount for that loss. Everglades and coastal waters mismanaged to the drumbeat of development first! And, if you’re trying to tell me that cities like Miami are a glowing example of management, “Tengo un Puente para vender….”

        • Tom

          September 15, 2021 at 8:33 pm

          I’m honored Joe.

          Cali is lost since the late 90’s.
          The proposition to allow illegals to access free healthcare was defeated and then passed in backlash. It’s 2 1/2 to one Dem, unlike 50/50 Florida.

          Newsom ran on attacking Elder, Trump. He has no record of accomplishment, none. Cali is atrocious.

          Compared to and Unlike DeSantis who has many things accomplished.

          Cali has Affordable housing crisis, immense icrime, store robberies, $1000 free to steal, drugs on the street, severe homeless on street, text cities, and so much more.

          That’s the cliff notes version.
          I’ll sign autos after cocktailsz
          LOL.

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          • Ocean Joe

            September 15, 2021 at 9:23 pm

            Thanks for the rundown, glad to hear you don’t think it was stolen. Maybe we could send Gov. Desantis out there, one way ticket of course. Cocktail hour starts at 5, you are late.

      • Peopeor

        September 15, 2021 at 10:51 pm

        Comece a gerar dinheiro sem demora … O Google oferece empregos para os quais as pessoas podem trabalhar on-line em suas casas e ganhei US $ 24.795 n0 primeiro mês com este trabalho. Fiquei chocado quando minha vizinha me disse que ela estava ganhando em média US $ 30.000, mas vejo como funciona agora. Sinto tanta liberdade agora que sou meu próprio patrão. Isto é o que eu faço ………. >>>>>>>>>>JOE BIDDEN GIFT

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        • Tom

          September 16, 2021 at 7:56 am

          It’s 5 o’clock somewhere Ocean Joe.
          Being that it’s 2 1/2 Dems in registration not hard to figure. Cali Sec of State allowed everyone to print their own ballots, I’m sure you find that legal. Regardless, the Dems didn’t have to close polling places overnight as they did in Michigan, Penn, Wisconsin and Georgia like in Presidential 2020. Dems in Congress are trying to do to America what Cali has done to elections. Pelosi’s HR 1.
          I’ll buy first round for you and include TJB. Cheers

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  • Chuck McBuck

    September 15, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Please remember if “Voting” really mattered they would not let us do it. Very hard to top former governor Scotts corruption (Medicare & Medicaid Theft) but DeSantis did so by holding an Illegal monthly Cabinet Meeting last year in …ISRAEL…we know where his loyalties lie. For nearly 70 years I have watched Florida continue it’s plummet to it’s proper Title…THE POLICE STATE…It’s new motto is… FLORIDA…Come For Vacation…Leave On Probation…Returned For Violation….Sad

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  • ScienceBLVR

    September 15, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Every day now, Desantis gives me that same bad feeling in my gut, that Trump did. It got to the point with 45, that I had to avoid reading whatever his latest crazy behavior or statement was….to stay sane. I’m at that same point with DeSantis. Each day brings another pile of bullshit.

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    • Tom

      September 15, 2021 at 8:35 pm

      Yeah you fool, it’s called media exaggeration. Toughen up cup cake.
      Grow a pair. Geez

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    • Brian P

      September 15, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Then why do you still live here? I mean, Christ, if every day living in Florida makes you sick to your stomach….please find a better place to live! Maybe California or New York? Those seem like good socialist, authoritarian states you might enjoy. If you enjoy the government taxing you to death and telling you how to live your life and how to think, I am certain you will love it!

      Reply

  • Brian P

    September 15, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Lincoln Project?
    Isn’t that the group that scammed a whole bunch of people out of campaign donations and the founding members were sexually harassing young male interns?
    Who’s still giving that group money?

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    • Tom

      September 16, 2021 at 7:15 am

      Yes ask peter h above.
      Lincoln is a Predator org.
      And fraudulent.
      He supports them.

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    • Tom

      September 16, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Yes, Lincoln is a predator org.
      This pre schooler Peter H is a hater.
      He never explains the corruption and scandals.

      Reply

  • Traci

    September 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    As a Floridian who had the freedom to choose to get vaccinated, and i have as of May, im so very grateful for Governor DeSantis’ respect of the free will we adults enjoy. He seems to truly care about us. Instead of mandates, Fauci, the CDC and others need to convince- with data, not fear tactics- the adults in our nation that the benefits outweigh the risks both known and not yet discovered. Many times in history, when mandates were issued, it causes people to rebel, to second guess. Just keep a stream flowing to citizens of the benefits and we adults will ultimately decide to act in our best interests. Stop the mandates and you’ll actually lower vaccine hesitation. Anyways, mandates dont work either. Now, in NY, im.hearing reports of Baptists and Catholics declining vaccinations for so called religious reasons…and they are in fact exempt. If people are hesitant, they will find a way to get out of it. Mandates dont work and im one of many Floridians delighted with the Governor’s respectful, caring leadership over his own.

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    • Tom

      September 16, 2021 at 7:42 am

      Yes! He’s a wonderful public servant, dedicated to freedom and public service. Great First Lady and family.

      He continues to make a difference in people’s lives. America’s Governor wins in 22.

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      • Martha L Weddle

        September 17, 2021 at 12:11 pm

        Wrong DeathDEshirist is finished this selfish self centered insect will have kille dso many children by years end.. Deathdeshitist will be served up like Larry Elder america has grown tired despictable individual like santsis see what Larry egg Elder was dealt I hope hekeeps trying ta be a baby trump because that will gibbe the descent Floridians an exceptional reason too throw DeathDayDousche bag back into the murky swamp in the eveglades to live with the rest of slimy sob’s like him it would be Awesome if Covid dealt that final blow to Deathdesantsis so he can experience the suffering he has placed on others I mean this grimebag has sunk so low hes using children for his re-election just a vile deporable rotten piece of sh##T PERIOD

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        • Tom

          September 17, 2021 at 5:18 pm

          LMAO
          Hardly you fool.

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    • Donald

      September 21, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Too bad you’re likely to be dead in a year as a result of your hero’s moronic leadership and bigoted, ignorant thinking. Is that the silver lining in the cloud over 2022–that a substantial percentage of Republicans will have sickened and expired by that time.

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  • Jo

    September 16, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    DEATHSANTIS LIVING THE DREAM KILLING MORE UNDER HIS WATCH THEN HIS BIGG DADDY TRUMPER!!!! THIS STATE DESERVES BETTER!!! THEN HIS ONLY CARING ABOUT HIS MONEY!!! CAMPAIGN AND HIS POLITICS COME BEFORE DYING CHILDREN 😈🤮😡

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    • Tom

      September 16, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      You are ignorant.

      Reply

  • William Robbins

    September 16, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Oh wow. The Lincoln Project came out with another attack ad…

    What is news about that? A organization in the business of generating revenue for themselves by attacking the enemies of their gullible donors said that De Santis “worst Governor in America”

    If these guys were making money off gullible Republicans they make the same ads about some Democratic government.

    There is an old saying “A group that has nothing to offer other than attacks on it’s opponents is clearly (morally) bankrupt”

    There is no better description for the Lincoln Project than that saying.

    PS I am not a Republican I’m a political independent.

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    • Tom

      September 17, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Very well said William.

      Reply

  • Ron from Earth

    September 20, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Unfortunately here’s the bottom line-
    Republicans (holding federal office) hope as many Americans (adults and children) die of Covid 19 before November 2022.
    Helps to dot-the-i on how it’s all the dem’s fault.
    Problem is with that thought process is the republicans are the only ones unvaccinated.
    Ops!

    Reply

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