Ron DeSantis sells 'Escape to Florida' T-shirts to mock Democrats
After some senior Democratic lawmakers from states with stronger coronavirus restrictions were observed vacationing in Florida during Christmas and on New Year vacation breaks, Governor Ron DeSantis' re-election campaign is now selling new "Escape to Florida/The Lockdown Libs tour" tees. The T-shirts are available for purchase on the Republican governor's reelection campaign's website's Official Ron DeSantis Store.
"We don't blame you… we like freedom, too," The back of the shirt has a list of Democrats, including governors from Connecticut, Michigan, and New Jersey who spent their breaks in the Sunshine State, as well as the places they stayed in while in Florida. The words "Escape to Florida" and "Lockdown Libs" are on the front, along with an "Open" sign on a state outline. DeSantis said at a news conference a week ago, "If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician who decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man, let me tell you. I mean, Congress people, mayors, governors, I mean you name it."
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That statement was made after progressive Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen without a mask at a packed outdoor bar while on a vacation in Florida. AOC's office said that she had tested positive for Covid-19 after her trip to Florida. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a Democrat, was also seen in Florida recently while vacationing with relatives. Meanwhile, when it comes to pandemic policies, California is one of the strictest states in the country.
In 2020 and 2021, the conservative governor Ron DeSantis enjoyed a spike in support among Republican voters in his state and throughout the country, owing in part to his tough stance on Covid-19 limitations during the coronavirus outbreak. The new T-shirts are the latest in a series of clothing that the campaign has been selling in recent months, including "Don’t tread on Florida" and "Don’t Fauci my Florida" items. DeSantis, a former congressman who was elected governor of Florida in 2018, is seeking re-election this year for a second term. Pundits also see the Republican governor as a possible presidential candidate in 2024.