Among many in the Republican Party, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is seen as the favorite to be the GOP nominee for president in 2024, even though the party still seems in the thrall of Trump fever despite the fact that he lost badly to President Joe Biden and is facing indictment for a number of serious crimes.
While DeSantis clearly isn’t as abrasive and legally-challenged as Trump, he does share a complete lack of taste and good manners with the failed, one-term former president as evidenced by merchandise for sale on his campaign website, according to The Hill:
“The merchandise includes drink koozies and shirts that say ‘Don’t Fauci My Florida’ and flags that closely resemble former President Trump’s style saying ‘Keep Florida Free.'”
In case you hadn’t already guessed, DeSantis is running for reelection as governor of the Sunshine State next year, and he’s going to have some serious Democratic challengers, including former governor Charlie Crist.
DeSantis may think his campaign merch will be popular with his base supporters (and it likely will), but considering how badly the state of Florida has been impacted by COVID-19, with over 38,000 already dead, it seems unwise to be making light of the pandemic, especially with cases on the rise once again as a result of people failing to get vaccinated and arrival of the new Delta variant.
Many on social media weren’t exactly enamored with DeSantis’ attempt to make a buck off a deadly disease:
Here’s some free advice for Ron DeSantis and the rest of the GOP: Just go ahead and change the name of your party to American Death Cult. It’s a hell of a lot more honest and your voters will love it.