DESANTIS DYSTOPIA: Florida governor claims to be chosen by God in unnerving ad
Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis takes dystopian to new levels with a bizarre new campaign ad in which he proclaims that he was “sent by God.” Shot in black in white, the ad shows the authoritarian Republican in a series of stills portraying him as the “caring” leader that his actual actions have shown couldn’t be further from the truth.
“God made a fighter,” DeSantis says in a voiceover.
“Yet on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a protector,” so God made a fighter. God said, In need somebody willing to get up before dawn, kiss his family goodbye and travel thousands of miles for no other reason than to serve the people.”
Which “people” exactly isn’t made clear in this statement that could be seen as hubristic blasphemy.
The first lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, tweeted a link to the video, praising her husband with the caption, “I love you, Ron. On behalf of millions of people, never stop fighting for freedom.”
I love you, Ron.
On behalf of millions of people, never stop fighting for freedom. pic.twitter.com/5wcopo041U
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) November 4, 2022
The governor’s propaganda piece doesn’t hold back on the creepy, showing a child’s hands in what appears to be a grandparent’s and suggesting that because of DeSantis one could “hold the hand of an aging parent taking their breath for the last time.”
“God said, I need somebody who will take the arrows, stand firm in the wake of unrelenting attacks, look a mother in the eyes and tell her her child will be in school.”
Christo-nationalism is rising – and coupled with increased attacks on the Jewish and LGBTQ communities in Florida, DeSantis’s theocratic agenda is proving to be dangerous.
Just a week ago, antisemitic groups displayed anti-Jewish rhetoric on freeway overpasses, and at the end of the annual matchup between The University of Florida Gators, and University of Georgia bulldogs – which DeSantis attended – a banner with the phrase “Kanye was right about the Jews” was projected onto the field.
With only a few days left until the midterm election, the religious right is upping the ante on asserting their dominion over a majority of the country.
DeSantis’ ad is a preview – and warning – of what’s to come.
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