Appropriate behavior for a politician?
During a speech on November 3rd, discussing his plans to establish a statewide law enforcement body to handle election crimes, Governor Ron DeSantis took the opportunity to take a swipe at the current President. Addressing the so-called woke agenda and reactions in the media to the recent Republican victory in Virginia, DeSantis had this to say:
“If you look at all the things that are going on, you see Big Tech, you see the corporate media — although they weren’t too happy with Virginia last night... If you look at that. If you look at what’s going on with some of the big corporations with their woke agenda. When you look at the Biden — when you look at the Brandon administration.” - Gov. Ron DeSantis
What the Governor had to say, really made little sense nor did it present a coherent point. But it certainly acted as a convenient means of setting up the joke, which got DeSantis the laughs he was clearly after.
There followed the predictable chants of "Let's Go Brandon" - led by DeSantis himself.
Is this the behavior Floridians expect from a sitting Governor and likely runner in the 2024 Presidential election? It would seem so.
Let's Go Brandon
The chant of "Let's Go Brandon" has become the go-to insult and expression of Anti-Biden sentiment since a NASCAR reporter in Alabama misheard chants of "[Expletive] Joe Biden" from the crowd which they believed to be in support of driver Brandon Brown. Given the association, for DeSantis to adopt the expression is a clear and cheap-shot and doesn't seem either respectful or appropriate for a senior figure in politics, regardless of their party affiliation.
The Governor's move drew criticism on Twitter:
Florida's controversial electoral reforms
Meanwhile, the DeSantis press-conference was intended to announce further reforms to the state's election process - the creation of a dedicated legal task force to apprehend and prosecute election crimes. It's a response to former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.
Gov. DeSantis announced further reforms earlier this year, including a restriction on the use of drop boxes for postal ballots, new ID rules, and a requirement for voters to reapply for mail-in ballots more regularly. A lawsuit challenging these reforms is underway, and the University of Florida is currently under investigation for preventing three of its professors from testifying as expert witnesses in the case, prompting speculation that the university is promoting the DeSantis agenda.
What do you think about Governor DeSantis using a public forum to lead chants of "Let's Go Brandon" given its origin? Do you think it was professional or appropriate? Let me know in the comments section below.