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Hit piece aimed at Gov. Ron DeSantis backfires spectacularly

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A left-wing PAC has released an attack ad on YouTube targeting Florida Gov. Ron Desantis and the Sunshine State’s rules against vaccine and mask mandates. Contrary to the authors’ intent upon its release, it may be the best advertisement for liberty since the Declaration of Independence.

It begins with an attempt at Christopher Nolan-style suspense, depicting an unnamed commercial jetliner about to enter Florida airspace. (Enlisting Delta Airlines for the shoot may have been too on-the-nose even for the message-flawed Left).

During the descent, a fight attendant addresses the cabin over the PA, warning them of the state’s lack of rules and regulations that will most surely kill every single one of them when they venture into public. The passengers are instructed to watch a video message from DeSantis on their in-chair monitors.

Using the video message as a canvas for the unintentionally pro-DeSantis message, the attack ad hilariously tries to liken the pandemic climate in Florida to scenes from the successful “The Purge” franchise of end-of-days movies, even featuring made-up headlines from parody newspapers like “The Tampa Bay Terror Times.”

Real whiz kids they have over in those lefty think tanks.

(Video: YouTube)

The Governor begins, “We are not doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida. We trust people to make their own decisions in this state.”

“We are not going to be bludgeoning people with restrictions and mandates and lock-downs or any of that stuff,” DeSantis continued.

The juxtaposition of supposedly terrible images with the governor’s words is reminiscent of what one might see from The Onion or The Babylon Bee.

Hysterical headlines flash upon the screen from the farcical newspapers, with such gems as:

“TERRIFYINGLY EVIL” says The Miami End Times Tribune, and “YOUR WORST FEARS COMING TRUE” writes the Tampa Bay Terror Times.

Laughable, but probably not the way they intended it to be, the “Florever Purge” as it is called, is apparently coming soon to a theater near you. It is the creation of the “Remove Ron” contingent that was started by left-wing attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, known online as the “Grim Reaper”. He is widely known for having stalked beaches of Florida in full reaper garb and scythe, in order to chastise beach-goers for their recklessness.

He was roundly mocked due to the fact that outdoor transmission of COVID-19 has always been negligible.

Twitter erupted with criticism of the silly attempt to slam DeSantis and the state of Florida for its dastardly adherence to principles of freedom and individual responsibility, including that from GOP strategist Matt Whitlock, who compared the over-the-top production to the failed Lincoln Project.

DeSantis’ outspoken press secretary Christina Pushaw couldn’t resist weighing in.

“What scares Very Online Liberals the most: The freedom to think for themselves,” she tweeted.

Florida experienced a dramatic surge in COVID cases this summer amid the rise of the delta variant, but both its cases and hospitalizations have fallen in the past two weeks, a continuing trend in other southern states as well.  DeSantis is widely viewed as a 2024 Republican presidential contender but maintains he is focused on running for re-election in Florida next year.

Frank Webster

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