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EXCLUSIVE – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign now sells new “Escape to Florida / The Lockdown Libs tour” t-shirts after some of the top Democratic politicians in states with tighter coronavirus restrictions were seen on vacation in the Sunshine State during the Christmas / New Years holidays.
News of the t-shirts, which are sold online at the Republican governor’s “Ron DeSantis official store” on his re-election campaign website, was first shared with Fox News on Monday.
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“We don’t blame you… we love freedom too,” says the back of the shirt, under a list of Democrats – including governors of states such as Connecticut, Michigan and New Jersey – and where in Florida they stayed. The front bears the slogans “Escape to Florida” and “Lockdown Libs”, with an “Open” sign on an outline of the state.
“If I had a dollar for every stranded politician who decided to escape to Florida in the past two years, I would be a pretty doggon rich man, let me tell you,” DeSantis joked at a conference. release a week ago. “I mean, members of Congress, mayors, governors, I mean, name him.”
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The remark was made after Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., was spotted on vacation in Florida, hanging out at a crowded outdoor bar without a mask. Ocasio-Cortez’s office said on Sunday that the congressman had since tested positive for COVID-19.
Another Democrat, Representative Eric Swalwell of California, has also been spotted in Florida in recent days while on vacation with family members. California is one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to pandemic policies.
“It’s interesting the welcome some of these people will get in Florida,” the governor said at the press conference, “because I think a lot of Floridians are saying,” Wait a minute, you’re bashing us because we don’t play draconian policies yours, and yet we are the first place you want to run away, so you can enjoy life. ‘”
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The conservative governor has seen his popularity rise among Republican voters in his state and nation in 2020 and 2021, in large part thanks to his combative resistance against COVID-19 restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
To promote their new story, the DeSantis campaign posted a new social media video Monday that includes a photo of the governor putting on sunglasses and saying, “Welcome to Florida.”
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The video shows that the new t-shirts are the latest in a line of products sold by the campaign over the past few weeks and months, which also includes the “Don’t Step On Florida” and “Don’t Fauci my Florida ”.
DeSantis, a former congressman who won his election as governor of Florida in 2018, is running for a second term as head of the Sunshine State this year. Experts also view the Republican governor as a potential candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential election.