Sorry, Clubber: Ron DeSantis rates ‘Rocky IV’ over ‘Rocky III’
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'You've got to pay respect to that fight against Drago.'

It turns out that Gov. Ron DeSantis has strong feelings about the “Rocky” film franchise.

During an interview on Fox News Radio, the Governor rated the original as the best in the series, but noted he preferred “Rocky IV” to “Rocky III.”

“I always go back to ‘Rocky I.’ But if you had to push me beyond ‘Rocky I,’ just because I was a kid and I went to see ‘Rocky IV’ in the theaters and saw the fight against Drago, I was inspired to really become a strong Cold Warrior in part because of ‘Rocky IV,'” DeSantis said.

“So you know, while I respect (“Rocky III” antagonist) Clubber Lang, I think the original Rocky is the classic. And then I do think ‘Rocky IV’ from a pro-America perspective, you know, you’ve got to pay respect to that fight against Drago,” DeSantis told host Jimmy Failla, responding to Failla’s observation that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina preferred the second sequel to the third.

DeSantis couldn’t resist a trademark jibe at the “liberal media,” suggesting they were cheering for the Russian played by Dolph Lundgren over the Sylvester Stallone protagonist.

“Probably the liberal media was more on the side of that,” the Governor hypothesized, saying it would be “too nationalistic to be rooting for Rocky.”

“Now I know they’ve had to change because of the (Donald) Trump-Russia collusion and all that,” DeSantis added. “But that was definitely, you know, as a kid going to different movies, that was definitely one that I had huge, huge memories of them doing and I’ve shown, you know, snippets to my kids.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    September 14, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    OK, I’m gonna tell ya! You had the talent to become a good fighter, but instead of that, you become a legbreaker to some cheap, second rate loan shark……
    or in your specific case, Ronnie, a sycophant to the
    “right wing nazis, delusional religious fanatics, and human rights deniers”

  • TJC

    September 14, 2023 at 6:19 pm

    Good to know that the Governor’s understanding of the Cold War that threatened nuclear annihilation of the human race for decades comes from a Rocky movie. Very helpful if he becomes President.

  • My Take

    September 14, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    Well, he stays in his lane.
    It’s not like a redneck could evaluate art, or literature, or architecture, or far less phiĺosophy.
    Or in his case even basic pùblic-health science.

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