Ron DeSantis labeled ‘new Russian hero’ in Super PAC ad

The spot parodies the 'Top Gov' ad from the 2022 campaign.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting unwelcome air cover from a new ad in the wake of his controversial position on the Ukraine war.

The Center Street PAC rolled out a spot Friday that paints “American Ron DeSantis” as a “new Russian hero fighting imperialist American aggression in our glorious liberation of Ukraine.”

The 15-second spot includes a voiceover with a Russian accent and English and Cyrillic subtitles, and derives the video footage from DeSantis’ own tribute to the Top Gun: Maverick movie from last year, where the “Top Gov” takes aim at unfriendly media outlets.

While the original ad shows DeSantis explaining the art of “dogfighting” with “the corporate media,” with spliced-in footage of DeSantis belittling TV reporters along with shots of the Governor in a flight suit, the Center Street PAC parody cuts much of that narrative, relying on shots of DeSantis’ pastiche of Tom Cruise.

While in Congress, DeSantis was a hawk on aiding Ukraine, but his position evolved over the years. Last year, he downplayed the threat posed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin as his troops marauded in Ukraine, likening the dictator to an “authoritarian gas station attendant.”

This year, DeSantis went further, saying that the U.S. had no compelling national interest in what was just a “territorial dispute” between Russia and Ukraine.

The original DeSantis ad was roundly pilloried by his critics last year, who downplayed his staunch attacks on corporate media in favor of withering appraisals of the aesthetics. Many people were striking unfavorable comparisons to 1988 Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, who did a photo op in a tank with a military helmet on ahead of his loss to Bush later that year. The Lincoln Project offered its own parody of the original spot last year.

See the Center Street PAC ad below:

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


  • Republicans are corrupt

    March 18, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Ron DeSantis has evolved into Mussolini 2.0.. with Hitler 2.0, being Putin.

    Ron DeSantis is dangerous to Floridians as well as to America. And unfortunately billionaires propped him up as the next savior which only filled his authoritarian ego.

    Ron’s DeSantos career Wilson come to an end As he tries to make the national and world stage. He will fail.

  • Elliott Offen

    March 18, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    New Russian hero Ron DeSanctimonious. He better not run for president. He blew it with the “Don’t Tread on Me” nonsense. Only Florida neanderthals and tax cheats like this.

  • David Radzieta

    March 18, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Russian Ron’s HATE Agenda will be his downfall

  • Ned Beatty

    March 18, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    Tiny D isn’t fit to shine Zelensky’s shoes. When Trump gets done with “pudding Ron,” even Pizza Hut won’t hire him.

  • Niles

    March 18, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    But Drumpf will be in a prison cell.

  • Earl Pitts American

    March 19, 2023 at 10:05 am

    Good morning America,
    And good morning to our twisted anti American weasel posters below and any honest real red blooded God fearing Americans who want to back Ron by jumping in to post your views also.
    Mark my words this parody on the best ever Presidental candidate in history to ever get so much media attention while that candidate has Not Even Announced his intent to run for The Leader Of The Free World will turn on the leftist weasels who made and posted the political parody.
    Basically dumbing it down for you weasels – your parody will 100% help Ron and 0% hurt Ron.
    So heres to you weasels: get your laughs and gaffs in while you can. I’m giving you weasels until Wednesday of the upcoming week to remember and bear witness to the truth of Earl Pitts American’s prophitic perdiction above. “Mark My Words Weasels yuck it up today Cry On Wednesday”.
    Enjoy yourselves for a few short days you filthy animals. God still loves you and so does Earl Pitts American but you weasels are incorrect in the brain.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • M. Mouse, American

      March 19, 2023 at 10:27 am

      So many words, so little substance.

      • Earl Pitts American

        March 19, 2023 at 10:51 am

        Good morning M. Mouse American,
        Thank you for your support but most of all thank you for turning from your evil ways.
        I was great friends with your Dad, Steamboat Willie, and it would warm his heart to know that his beloved son has finally seen the light, found Jesus, and is no longer participating in un-natural preverse sexual activity outside of your marrage to your beautiful wife Minnie.
        I’m sure Minnie is glad you no longer come home wacked out on drugs from your perve Hunter Biden parties and best of all you dont always smell like a stinky man’s bhole any longer.
        I’m so proud of you M. Mouse American!
        Your Dad’s bestest ever friend,
        Earl Pitts American

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    March 19, 2023 at 10:59 am

    Far left mouth frothers at it again. LOL

    • Earl Pitts American

      March 19, 2023 at 11:24 am

      Good morning America,
      Thank you beautiful Ms. Greenbarg for joining the Earl Pitts American team!
      You and Earl Pitts American will make sweet sweet music together.
      Thank you Ms. Greenbarg American,
      Earl Pitts American

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    March 19, 2023 at 12:07 pm

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  • scott clark

    March 19, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    The German people did NOT understand what was coming in the 1930’s with their support of Hitler. The same is true of Republicans in Florida and elsewhere about DeSantis. His use of the Florida government at all levels to stifle speech he doesn’t like is straight out of Hitler’s playbook.

    • Earl Pitts American

      March 19, 2023 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you Scott for being an important part of the Earl Pitts American Team. You are playing out your assignment of pretending to be a shizz 4 brains leftist with perfection. Just as we trained you. You totally nailed the priviledged, better than thou, sexually ambilivant, gay leaning, virturous pretense, somewhat annoying attitude. Great job Scott!!!
      Thank you again Scott and keep up the good work my man
      Your Boss Earl Pitts American

      • Elliott Offen

        March 19, 2023 at 7:11 pm

        You’ll be jailed eventually. I know the type.

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