There’s been a lot of buzz about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) running for president in 2024. It’s not hard to see why.
The conservative populist champion received a welcome fit for a rock star Sunday at a country music festival, where he declared victory over “Fauci-ism” to a packed audience, the Washington Examiner reported.
DeSantis receives welcome at concert
“Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism,” he said to a standing ovation at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, reportedly the largest concert in the country since the coronavirus began. Over 20,000 people attended the three-day festival in Panama City Beach, which was headlined by Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and and Brad Paisley.
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) June 7, 2021
In a nation gone mad with mask cultism, DeSantis has made himself the Republican party’s most visible foe of the overzealous and arbitrary coronavirus “lockdowns” pushed by Dr. Anthony Fauci and many governors.
DeSantis’s strident opposition has made him a hero to many, and a villain to others. He has embraced the controversy, and hasn’t been shy about punching back at his critics. The governor was not modest about the festival’s size and what he said it demonstrates about Florida.
“Nothing says Florida is open like a night of live music at the @Pepsi @GulfCoastJam, the largest music festival since the pandemic began,” he tweeted.
DeSantis on the rise, “Fauci-ism” exposed
DeSantis has perhaps never looked better after the release of Fauci’s emails, which make clearer than ever that Fauci, who worked to hide the possible origins of the virus while posing as a trustworthy “expert,” was more guided by self-interest and politics than science.
They also show that he was, in his words, “screaming” on television for DeSantis to close down beaches early on in the pandemic.
With the nation opening up, DeSantis has been taking a victory lap, boasting that Florida held out all along as an oasis of freedom, an American “West Berlin,” while the rest of the country fell under draconian restrictions.
His response to COVID has boosted his national profile, along with a series of vigorous actions on critical race theory, “vaccine passports”, and other issues that are important to conservatives.
He is seen as a top contender in the 2024 Republican primary, second perhaps only to Donald Trump, who has even suggested he may take him on as a running mate, although speculation remains of a clash between the two. Could we be witnessing the rise of America’s next president?