‘In loving memory’: Lincoln Project eulogizes Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign upon launch

Desantis Lincoln eulogy
Is DeSantis '24 'over before it began'?

Even before Ron DeSantis dishes with Elon Musk and Trey Gowdy to launch his 2024 presidential ampaign, one group of critics is already pronouncing it “over before it began.”

The Lincoln Project has released a eulogy for the campaign, a nearly two-minute video chock full of missteps by the Governor, denunciations from across the political spectrum, and other documentary evidence suggesting DeSantis’ road to the White House is already closed.

The video starts off with DeSantis entering a bar, being directed by a handler to go in a certain direction, and then drills down further into dissecting various character anomalies and campaign shortcomings.

The early exposition of the video shows that DeSantis has failed in his efforts to swing Trump voters his way.

“DeSantis is Trump light and why go light when you can get the real guy,” argues Fox News commentator Lawrence B. Jones in the clip, which shows DeSantis gamely imitating the former President’s gestures and presence.

“Based on polls,” Trump adds in rally footage, “(DeSantis) is not doing OK with anything.”

The hits keep coming from there. A shot of the Governor wiping his nose with his hand at an Iowa rally, a snippet of Alex Jones calling him “meatball,” a second of the Governor’s cackling laughter at a joke, and yet another shot of DeSantis wiping his nose and then patting a wheelchair-bound supporter on the back with his soiled fingers.

Lincoln Project founder Rick Wilson enjoys a cameo in the video.

“Ron DeSantis does not like to make eye contact. He does not like human beings. This is a guy who is notoriously short with people,” Wilson says.

From there, more greatest hits, including DeSantis ripping a reporter in Israel for asking about torture allegations from his time at Guantánamo Bay, a shot of DeSantis chiding school children for wearing “ridiculous” masks during the pandemic, and the infamous “bobblehead” sequence where the Governor protests that he’s “not a candidate” during a press avail in Japan.

See the full video below, which includes the Governor being asked about allegations that he ate pudding with his fingers on a plane.

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


28 comments

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 24, 2023 at 11:35 am

    “Stand Your Ground Unless It’s Your Uterus” is not a winning platform outside of sugary stupid Fleur Duh. Neither is “Let’s Keep Our Children Safe From Unarmed Brownish Trans Drag Queens So Gun Nuts Can Shoot Them”

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  • Impeach Biden

    May 24, 2023 at 11:45 am

    The Dems are all in on pushing DeSantis to the side. They want Orange Man as their guy to take on bumbling, fumbling Biden and his incompetent, giggling VP. They know lots or voters despise Trump. They fear that once they hear DeSantis they might like him, especially the independent voters.

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    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 11:55 am

      Independent voters just need to hear about Booger Puddin Ron’s platform “Stand Your Ground Unless It’s Your Uterus” so they’ll like him? I am not following. I confess: You lost me.

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    • MH/Duuuval

      May 24, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      Some of dem Dems welcome an old-fashioned ear-biting, eye-gouging, below-the-belt cage match between the two tools of Big $$$$.

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    • Elliott Offen

      May 24, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      Neither DeSantis or Trump will beat almost any Dem. People remember the burning Trump train wreck, the deadly riot, the lies, the grifting, and from DeSantis they remember all the whacko religious laws and right wing police state political theatre. 🍭 Fentanyl Halloween candy 🍭🤡

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  • Which Boots Do Voters Want?

    May 24, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Which Florida boots do voters want? Do they want Ron DeSantis in his “my wife dresses me” boots? Or anyone else in any other boots? Ron’s boots are made for walking … walking the runway in Paris … with panache!

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    • Impeach Biden

      May 24, 2023 at 12:23 pm

      Dude was a military officer. How about you say that right to him. When you decide to go for it let me know so I can watch your pansy ass get pummeled.

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      • Dont Say FLA

        May 24, 2023 at 12:28 pm

        Thank you for reminding voters of Rhonda’s stint as Prison Guard at Guantanamo Bay. We all saw the pictures. He is very very strong when his foes are hanging from their shackles, hooded, wet, and wired to car batteries. His wife picked those boots out for him and told him he looked great. He did as told. That’s as much of a man as Rhonda really is. I wear shorts and a t-shirt and go barefoot. The wife does not tell me what to do. Ron, being a dwarf, could swing all day while I hold him at arm’s length. I would just hold him at arm’s length until Meatwad wears himself out flailing into the thin air he could reach. He is a weak little man, wider than he is tall, and his wife dresses him.

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        • Impeach Biden

          May 24, 2023 at 2:05 pm

          You truly are clueless aren’t you? Obviously you have never served and have read zero about The Geneva Convention and POW stories / books. Now compare the treatment of POW’s in Guantanamo to those held in the Middle East. Read the book Bravo 20 about British captives. By the way I never said Gov DeSantis would physically pummel you. He could do by responding to your BS like he does to many liberal retard reporters.

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          • Linwood Wright

            May 24, 2023 at 2:35 pm

            He was an Assistant Urinalysis Coordinator in the Navy.
            Dude wasn’t even the Chief Urinalysis Coordinator!

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 24, 2023 at 4:09 pm

            Didn’t we already have a conversation about “other people are bad, so Ron being bad, that’s fine” theory being stupid? I responded how I won’t vote for any of those other people same as I won’t for Ron. We all saw the pictures, IBS. And you didn’t mean anything physical by how you’ll “watch [my] pansy ass get pummeled.” What does “pansy ass” have to do with Ron’s personal retaliation via political means? If Ron responsds with words from his forked tongue, how did you plan to “watch”? How did being there while they were torturing people at Gitmo qualify him to “pummel my pansy ass” in some non-physical pummeling way? You ain’t a smart one, IBS. You self contradict more than Rhonda does.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 24, 2023 at 12:40 pm

        I apologize, I did not consider you probably meant Mrs. Rhonda would beat me senseless. I could see that. You are right. Casey would likely give me a severe walloping for making fun of the boots she made Rhonda wear.

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        • Impeach Biden

          May 24, 2023 at 2:36 pm

          Let me know if you want to buy some pictures of my feet.
          I have sparkly yellow toe nail polish on today.

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          • Elliott Offen

            May 24, 2023 at 2:52 pm

            👆 Report this troll to Florida Politics for vandalizing the website with nonsense.. wasting everyone’s time.

          • Impeach Biden

            May 24, 2023 at 4:52 pm

            That’s a hack by Elliott Offen

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 25, 2023 at 7:56 am

            I would only be interested in pictures of your feet that were taken after one of your frequent IBS incidents with an inability to make it to a toilet. For each picture of your shit stained feet, I make an offer of one shiny nickel. Note, that offer of a nickel is for both feet, not per foot.

      • Jay Smif

        May 24, 2023 at 3:47 pm

        Rhonda was a military lawyer and stands 5’7 before he puts his fairy heels on, princess. When do we get the chance to go toe to toe with the pudgy little fascist?

        How about you and I go first, as a warmup, cultist pansy?

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      • Michael K

        May 24, 2023 at 5:12 pm

        He was a lawyer, never saw anything near combat.

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        • Impeach Biden

          May 24, 2023 at 8:39 pm

          Did you serve? Not everyone has a combat coded specialty code.

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          • Impeach Biden

            May 24, 2023 at 10:20 pm

            I served in the mess hall, btw, as a civilian.
            It was fun because I got to see all those hunky hot men marching around in their stinky combat boots!

            Don’t Ask! Don’t tell! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

  • Jay

    May 24, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Well Duh, Of course The Lincoln Project is going to do whatever is in their power to make sure Trump is the Republican presidential nominee and then gets elected. How else could they stay relevant and make money off gullible souls who think they are doing this out of principle or actually accomplishing something that is in the interest of anyone other than themselves?

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    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 4:17 pm

      I won’t argue with your assertion about the LP’s motivations, Jay, but due to Rhonda planting their flag in Maga Lardo Land, aiming to siphon Trumpism voters from Trump, Rhonda seems to be fair game for the anti-Trump(ism) squad whether or not that is beneficial to Trump themself.

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  • Lisa D

    May 24, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    The Lincoln Trump is trying to show how they are more like Trump than Trump himself. As the ad itself ask why not go with the real thing rather than the imitation? If you support The Lincoln Trump in it’s efforts to take down De Santis why not support Trump directly?

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    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      Yes. There was Coca Cola and then there was New Coke. And then there was again just Coca Cola. Same thing with Trump, and now Little Trump, but it’ll again just be Trump. It will be very sad for Rhonda, losing to a loser.

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  • ScienceBLVR

    May 24, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Ha! My Dem friend in Georgia, sent me the LP clip today, with her message: “We folks in GA got you the Senate, and this is what you are sending us from Fla? That’s Ok, when we’re done taking down the Trumpster for election crimes, we’ll deal with this MoRon”. She’s so competitive…

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  • Michael K

    May 24, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    He’s trying to make the confederacy rise again, but the rest of America just isn’t interested. But the video is funny and true!

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  • Stever

    May 24, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    For all those who enjoyed this ad we beg of you to send in your donations to either the Trump campaign or The Lincoln Project. We both share the same goals and have the same values.

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    • Dont Say FLA

      May 25, 2023 at 8:01 am

      Stever reminds of us a great point: All GOP types are grifters ever since Reagan brought the Jerry Foolwell crowd in. Nothing a GOP says can be taken seriously. Listen to the Tucker Frump outtakes from the Fox trial if you need proof. When the TV camera was off, he continuously mocked the idiots who paid his wages, both the TV audience and the execs writing his paychecks. GOPs, not to be trusted with anything at all. MAGA or not MAGA? It doesn’t matter. Even Liz Cheney, the most honorable GOP, she a CHENEY.

      Reply

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