Ron DeSantis cashes in on ‘Brandon’ with fundraising pitch
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'Let's go Brandon' is more than just a chant for DeSantis.

Gov. Ron DeSantis delighted supporters when he signed legislation countering COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Brandon Thursday. As is usual, his campaign looked to cash in on the spectacle hours later.

In an email to supporters entitled “Fighting Brandon’s Mandates … from Brandon, FL,” the Governor got still more mileage off the enduring “Let’s Go Brandon” chant as he pushed Joe Biden critiques forward.

“I called the Florida Legislature into Special Session to protect people’s jobs and personal freedoms. And today, I signed four pieces of legislation from the Keep Florida Free agenda to PROTECT FREEDOM in Florida,” the Governor asserted.

The bills protect Floridians from what DeSantis calls “the whims of power-hungry politicians and incompetent government bureaucrats with a God complex.”

DeSantis frames the legislation as a “victory” for parents, students, workers, and other Floridians, but is careful to establish a national framing as well.

“Had Florida not stepped in to defend freedom from government overreach, lockdowns, mandates, and business closures, we’d be living in a Faucian dystopia today,” DeSantis contended. “I stepped in Biden and Fauci’s way because defending your freedom is the right thing to do. I’ve been proud to stand next to parents, workers, and students as I fight for freedom.”

“Leadership means doing all you can to stand by people. That is what we did today in Florida,” DeSantis closed.

The Governor first incorporated the Biden/Brandon interplay into his repertoire weeks ago, with a quasi-accidental reference to the “Brandon Administration” that popped the crowd. It’s been a reliable trope since.

“This chant has taken on a life of its own,” DeSantis said, “because it exposes the dishonesty of these corporate reporters.”

The DeSantis Administration seemed to relish the framing opportunity.

“The significance of signing this legislation in Brandon, Florida, is not lost on the Governor,” DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw told Fox News earlier in the day.

“I think that Brandon, Florida is a great American city. I think the people here are fantastic,” DeSantis said when asked about it Thursday, with “Let’s Go Brandon” chants erupting around the room.

The Thursday email, though it seemed to have one eye on a national audience, was more Florida-centered than the missive the day before. That email was entitled “Kenosha, Rittenhouse, and Media Lies.”

In that essay, DeSantis offered an extended meditation on Kyle Rittenhouse, currently charged in the deaths of two men and shooting of a third during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“He saw Kenosha on fire as a result of media-fueled rioting and did what we should want citizens to do in such a situation: step forward to defend the community against mob violence. In spite of the facts, corporate media, Big Tech, and the Democratic Party baselessly smeared Kyle as a ‘white supremacist’ and ‘domestic terrorist’ and then practically convicted him of murder in the court of public opinion,” DeSantis wrote.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    November 18, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    This disgusting facsimile of a moral human being is really our governor? Unbelievable. I guess since he won’t be taking any of Brandon’s dirty infrastructure money, he thinks he can disrespect our country this way? 60K Floridians dead on his watch, and he just signed a bunch of laws that will add to the death toll. And this is the Republican’s great white hope for the future? Whoh Nelly..

    • Impeach Biden

      November 18, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Yes 60k dead in Florida as the third most populous state in the nation. Care to guess where California and Texas are with their death count? Both states are over 70k. What else you got?

    • Charlet Moorhead

      November 18, 2021 at 10:45 pm


      • Evan

        November 19, 2021 at 9:36 am

        I see you still have your junior high school mentally.

  • PeterH

    November 18, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Our human garbage “Governor” plugs one for the twice impeached president he so adores! The real question here is ‘who is the sickest narcissist?”

    • Charlet Moorhead

      November 18, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      Absolutely 💯
      Up to us my friend!!

    • Tom

      November 26, 2021 at 8:36 am

      Human garbage is Lincoln Org and advocates like you, pop goes weasel peter h. Despicable.

      All you manchurians are liars.
      More perished under Biden in 21, Covid compared to potus 45 Covid in 20.


  • Tom

    November 18, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    You, you pathetic Lincoln advocate. You are the liar.

    Also Non science believer, more Americans have perished under Biden in 21 than previous potus in 20.

    • Charlet Moorhead

      November 18, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      You are out of your mind. Wake up b4 u can’t!

    • Ocean Joe

      November 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Thomas are you trying to bamboozle folks again?

      • Tom

        November 21, 2021 at 8:40 am

        Just a fact ocean and hush hush Charlotte. Facts don’t lie, but when you fools watch msdnc you are blocked out. It’s fact but that doesn’t stop liberal extremists. Rachel maddowless is clueless like you both.

        More Covid deaths under present potus compared to 45.

  • FP Monitor

    November 19, 2021 at 12:13 am

    It’s a big mistake is to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for attention. Do yourself and all of us a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

    • Tom

      November 21, 2021 at 8:43 am

      F U monitorless is clueless like the Dum socialists. LMAO

  • Ron Ogden

    November 19, 2021 at 4:40 am

    It is hilarious to read some people shrieking because DeSantis is a politician (with more than a touch of good old American snarkiness about him).
    But he’s more. He’s one of the top half dozen politicians in America today, he is paving his way to a sweeping victory next year, he is positioning himself as a top two or three Republican candidate for president in three years, and if he keeps on with this strong, clear-eyed vision for the future of American liberty he may wind up on Mount Rushmore.
    As we see above, haters do after all have to hate, but take my advice and temper this intellectual self-abuse you are indulging in. Otherwise, in twenty years or so, you may have to admit that you were one who could not see greatness in front of your face, and that you despised it out of sheer jealousy.
    “What did you do when you were young, grandpa?” “I tried as hard as I could to ruin Abraham Lincoln.” Nobody admitted that.

    • Ocean Joe

      November 19, 2021 at 6:25 pm

      I don’t know what you self-described conservatives have against Mt. Rushmore. You wanted Trump on there, but there was not enough surface area to squeeze him in nor could any sculptor manage the “hair.” Plus the others would have jumped off.

      • PeterH

        November 19, 2021 at 8:44 pm


  • Evan

    November 19, 2021 at 9:39 am

    So do all of these bleeding heart liberals want to move to Illinois or California?

    • Impeach Biden

      November 19, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Yup. They screwed up those states and now they want to screw up Florida. These zombies would probably vote for Gillum if they had the chance. All new Florida residents should attend some sort of liberal Detox before they get residency.

  • MOD Squad

    November 19, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    As a moderate I’d be willing to give him at least a listen if he wasn’t such a Total Douche, but instead he wants to parade around like some over steroided Frat Boy that thinks his Disrespect and Snarkiness is Cool(and even though the ‘pubs Barely won Florida, you may wanna re-think your total disregard of moderates/democrats to kiss up to Trumpsters that have just had a lil too much of the ‘KoolAid’)…before it comes back to you and Kicks you in the Desant-A$$!!!

    • Tom

      November 21, 2021 at 8:56 am

      MOD, moderate, aka middle of the road or a RINO, Romney guy. Spare us.

      DeSantis is America’s Governor. The leader of the GOP.

      LMAO, Dems offended by brilliant political and PR to go to Brandon to sign the legislation.

      My conservative brother Ron, let’s give America’s Governor a few steps before Mt Rushmore, but yeah the hair is perfect LOL.

      Towel boy h, ocean, charlotte, mod you all know DeSantis is the man!
      U have no chance.

  • Tom

    November 24, 2021 at 10:09 am

    Science dis believermore dead in 21 under Biden compared to 20, Trump.
    Facts, I guess you don’t want to acknowledge that. With vaccines and therapeutics

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