‘Top Gov’ Ron DeSantis drops new ‘freedom zone’ merch
More timely swag for 'Top Gov' Ron DeSantis.

Top Gov
'Go Mach 10 for FREEDOM.'

Top Gun Tom Cruise meet “Top Gov” Ron DeSantis.

That’s the message from a rip-roaring new line of merchandise from the Florida Governor, who is paying homage to the box office smash “Top Gun: Maverick,” which already has over $600 million in global box office receipts.

The black-and-white tees ($30), posters ($25), and koozies (two for $15) from the Governor’s re-election campaign are the latest in a series of creative marketing offerings from his team.

“Our Freedom First Agenda is at full throttle. Governor Ron DeSantis is on a mission to defend Florida from the Brandon administration’s unending failures,” the copy reads. “In Florida, we have a Top Gov — and we plan to keep it that way.”

“Join us in Freedomtown, USA … Go Mach 10 for FREEDOM,” the pitch continued for the high-flying branded gear.

DeSantis expressed enthusiasm for the summer smash sequel to the 1986 original “Top Gun” during a press conference this week, while admitting he had not seen the film himself.

“Now everyone’s going so crazy over the latest iteration of ‘Top Gun,’” DeSantis said. “I have not seen it. I’ve heard really good things about it. Has anybody seen it?”

Members of the crowd cheered in delight.

“I do want to see it at some point. I think it’s just, you know, it’s like any movie that’s not, like, overwhelmingly woke can actually appeal to normal people,” DeSantis added.

The Governor’s animus to all things woke is well established, of course.

The left-of-center Vanity Fair sniffed that the movie was the right’s “latest culture war crusade,” a “patriotic anti-woke display of militarism and masculinity.” Unlike some quoted in that piece, though, DeSantis has actually served in uniform before entering politics.

DeSantis was a commissioned U.S. Navy JAG Officer, deployed in the global war on terror as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL Commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq, where he earned a Bronze Star.

A.G. Gancarski

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


46 comments

  • Mickey M.

    June 10, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Top Goof is more like it.

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    • S

      June 13, 2022 at 8:33 am

      Go live in another state Mickey M !!!!

    • Paul Harter

      June 14, 2022 at 8:38 am

      Just another left wing libtard spewing vitriol, hope your proud to pay the price at the pump you voted into office. Your party claims to be and thinks they’re the smartest of all of us, and yet you make the dumbest remarks and vote for the stupidest candidates.

      • Lee Roller

        June 14, 2022 at 12:17 pm

        Oh I don’t know about that. Don’t sell yourself short.

        What you just posted is pretty dumb and in the conversation for “dumbest” to be sure.

  • PeterH

    June 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Correction:

    It’s “Florida AMERICA’S FREEDUMB ZONE”

    Send this fake news T-shirts back to the printer!

    • YYep

      June 10, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      Life is full of money poochers and restrictions for their income senerio. Free is me not wrinkle and the inevitable.

    • Julie Cullom

      June 13, 2022 at 10:00 am

      I bought six & I live in Houston.

  • Aurelio Casillas

    June 10, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Gov DeSantis is not going to play well north of the Mason Dixon Line.
    Voters in PA, OH, MI, NJ really don’t like his attacks on private businesses for expressing their views.
    That’s why VP Harris consistently beats him in polling.

    • Coach

      June 10, 2022 at 10:37 pm

      I believebhevis running in fla..& harris is a joke

    • Alice

      June 13, 2022 at 9:49 am

      You are delusional!

    • Julie cullom

      June 13, 2022 at 10:01 am

      I do.

    • David in Shoreline

      June 13, 2022 at 10:26 pm

      VP Harris….. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. Seriously, thank you, I needed a good deep belly laugh.

  • Timmy 2000

    June 10, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    He looks like Timmy from South Park.

  • FJB

    June 10, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Looks like a bunch of butthurt Andrew Guillum supporters posting here.

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 10, 2022 at 5:51 pm

      The fact that DeSantis almost lost against a socialist in 2018 is kind of sad, not going to lie. Can’t wait to see him lose in 2022.

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 10, 2022 at 6:05 pm

      The fact that DeSantis almost lost against a socialist in 2018 is kind of sad, not going to lie. Can’t wait to see him lose in 2022.

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 10, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      The fact that DeSantis almost lost against a socialist in 2018 is impressive. I can’t wait for him to lose reelection this year.

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      June 10, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      I can’t wait for the governor to lose reelection this year.

      • Mary

        June 13, 2022 at 10:11 am

        Florida is going red. Just this past year, Democrats were 5.03 million, Republicans 5.16. Before the massive move by many to the Freedom state, Dems outnumbered Rep. Dream on…

        • Lee Roller

          June 14, 2022 at 12:22 pm

          And no party affiliation voters number 3.8 million so pure partisan registration only accounts for about 72% of the electorate.

          Anyone hoping to win a statewide election in Florida is going to have to get the votes of a majority of unaffiliated and moderate voters.

          • Antonio

            June 15, 2022 at 4:07 pm

            Well that’s me and Desantis has my vote. Many, if not most, Independents are going with him. Especially Hispanics. The Republican party doesn’t treat us as vote shoo-in purse puppies like the Democrats do. That goes a long way with us.

      • Sherri L. Hinkle

        June 13, 2022 at 6:20 pm

        You’ll be waiting a long time…he’ll win in 2022 and he will be President someday! If you live in Florida…get out…we don’t want you here…there are plenty of lib tard states you can go to! 🙂

        DeSantis is a rock star!

        • Lee Roller

          June 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm

          No, “we” don’t want RWNJs here.

          The DeSantis version of “freedom” is we are free to do what he demands.

          • Antonio

            June 16, 2022 at 10:12 am

            Explain how Desantis is demanding only the freedom he wants. Most of the things he’s done give people choices that the Federal government and authoritarian citizens want to take away. The people complaining about him seem to be tribalist democrats and closet pedophiles and groomers that think it’s ok for school teachers to talk about sexual orientation with little kids. He’s doing great and Florida will continue thriving with another Desantis term.

  • lisbeth paola cuadro

    June 10, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Desantis was rigged in my Putin, took cash from Putin, has a Russian agent press secretary, used Russia media to cover up his covid case in december and put out a fake alibi and in Russia is referred to as “our new agent, the next trump”. He is also acting like Putin and taking away as many freedoms, liberties and rights as possible from everyone except the far right. Charlie Crist leads desantis in yesterday’s latest poll and we all need to unite unite from left to center right to throw him out.

    • Frank

      June 13, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Where did you get this BS ?

      T O P G O V !!!!!!

      • Mary

        June 13, 2022 at 10:09 am

        That’s the fallback position for anything that actually works. Unbelievable.

  • Jose

    June 11, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Thank you Governor DeSantis for making Florida great again! BEST GOVERNOR EVER!

    • Sherri L. Hinkle

      June 13, 2022 at 6:22 pm

      Yes! He’s a rock star!

      • Lee Roller

        June 14, 2022 at 12:25 pm

        He’s a crock star.

        Disingenuous, greasy, bonehead.

  • Tjb

    June 12, 2022 at 8:24 am

    You only have freedom if you agree with DeSantis.

  • Yeah

    June 12, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Well really no. People need to pay to park and fish and etc etc electives. Support and that’s the beginning.

  • Chad

    June 13, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Bunches sorry losers get a grip try the American way for a minute you bunch of morons go Ron go !!! we appreciate everything you’ve done

  • Nancy H. Duty

    June 13, 2022 at 8:29 am

    What’s wrong with most of these Democrats? They don’t know a good man when they see one. Florida and Texas have the best governors ever!!!! Wake up!!! We need more like them to keep America like it has been in the past.

  • Lucía

    June 13, 2022 at 9:00 am

    As a resident of Ohio, I don’t have any issue whatsoever with the things that Ron DeSantis is doing in Florida. (Spoken by someone north of the Mason-Dixon Line.) Also, I am apparently one of the only people commenting here that can compose a coherent sentence. Just sayin’… I own my own small business, and life was good under President Trump, but it sucks big time under Biden’s presidency of spending as much taxpayer’s money as is humanly possible! How can anyone in their right mind think that there is anything good about Biden and Harris? I am a Christian, and I hate to tell you, but free will, the right to choose how you live your own life, is a God-given right. I am all for everyone living their “OWN” life any way they want. One of my kids is LGBTQ, and I haven’t changed in my relationship with them because they get to choose how they want to live. With that said, all you Woke people need to stop telling me how I should live, what I should believe, and what I should think and do!!! I am sick and tired of being told that I have to let other people say and do whatever they want while my rights to do the same are being crushed, and I am being treated like I am ignorant. I am not ignorant. I am fed up! I wish people would grow up and quit throwing tantrums whenever they don’t get their way. Start listening to what the conservative leaders are “actually” saying instead of what the Woke people are spewing to keep people whipped into a frenzy. I want this to remain a free country! I want my freedom of speech to pen my views, whether anyone else likes it or not. Why do you only care if you disagree with me? Guess what? I don’t agree with you; my opinion counts just as much as yours!

    • Dan Boarman

      June 13, 2022 at 10:04 am

      Well said!! As a part-time resident of Florida, we LOVE Ron! Go look at some of the t-shirts, etc. you can buy to support him and show half the country that the other half loves him.

    • Lee Roller

      June 14, 2022 at 12:27 pm

      well your LGBTQ child would not be welcomed, respected or given equal rights under the law by this miscreant that you have no issue whatsoever with.

      • Antonio

        June 15, 2022 at 4:16 pm

        At NO POINT has Desantis ever said anything against LGBT. You crazy people just pull BS out of your asses and throw it around like it means something. Where’s the proof? Are you hinging your statement on HB 1557 Section 1; Sub-section 3? Because saying little kids need to hear that crap at such a young age is not a good look.

  • sassie

    June 13, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Governor FREEDOM!!!(@)@$) 2024

  • Mary

    June 13, 2022 at 10:05 am

    Top GOV is right! Love our Governor. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Don’t like him? Lots of blue states to go live in – have fun! Since 2020 Florida went from 5.03 million registered Democrats to 5.14 registered Republicans. Florida is going red!

  • Linda Rullo

    June 13, 2022 at 11:57 am

    I like DeSantis….I would like him too run for President….I lived in Florida for 25 years…Loved it. Iive in California now…The Democrats are ruining our state. I used too be a Democrat..but I am voting Republican in the next election…Biden is unaware of the situation now…or simply does not care about the American people…Since he has been in office…everything has gone too hell….!!!…

  • Paul

    June 13, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Top Gov! Love it! Crist is a joke, sways every way to please anyone, can’t make the tough decisions. DeSantis is the real deal!

  • David In Shoreline

    June 13, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Top Gov or America’s Governor, neither of these monikers is sufficient to fully express Governor DeSantis’ awesomeness.

  • slb

    June 14, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Der Dwarf is the definitive example of Napoleon complex.

  • EX YANKEE

    June 19, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    Last year we moved from Delaware to Florida. We raised our kids up north. I now fear for my children and grand childdren in Delaware. DELAWARE…..One of the “Woke Sanctuaries” in the USA. I moved to Florida for many reasons, but top of my list is that I appreciate the opportunity to Live in the FREE STATE of FLORIDA. I feel super safe with Governor Desantis and am grateful live in the “ABSENCE of the “ORWELLION FEAR ” that is 100% real and alive up north. May God continue to Bless our TOP GOV!

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