Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis poked fun at President Joe Biden over the weekend, even using a popular refrain to criticize the president’s agenda.
“All the problems you see with our country, and there’s a huge amount of problems with Brandon in the White House,” he said in an interview this week. “I mean look, the guy is not clicking on all cylinders, he’s not had a very good year.”
“We’re still strong in the state of Florida. We’re beating Brandon in Florida,” the governor said. “When I got elected, there were about 300,000 more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans. Well now, for the first time in history, we have more Republicans than Democrats, and we’re gaining more and more every single month.”
DeSantis dropped the same laugh line again, saying that his state was “beating” the Biden administration’s pushes for tighter COVID-19 restrictions and mandates.
“We’re still strong in the state of Florida. We’re beating Brandon in Florida,” DeSantis said.
Conservative Brief adds:
The Daily Wire explained the origin of the “Brandon” nickname.
Calling Biden “Brandon” comes from the popular anti-Biden slogan “Let’s Go, Brandon.” The slogan started in October at a NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama when NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast was interviewing driver Brandon Brown after he won the race.
As Stavast interviewed Brown, “F*** Joe Biden” chants broke out in the stands, but Stavast claimed that they were chanting “Let’s go, Brandon.”
The “Let’s Go, Brandon” slogan has since become code for “F*** Joe Biden” and is commonly used at sporting events and various other locations.
DeSantis went on to note that during his term — he is up for reelection in November — the Republican Party has outpaced Democrats in the state in terms of voter registration for the first time in Sunshine State history.
“When I got elected, there were about 300,000 more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans,” DeSantis told the audience. “Well now, for the first time in history, we have more Republicans than Democrats, and we’re gaining more and more every single month.”
He also sought to put to rest fears that a surge of interstate transplants are going to undo the state’s conservative majority.
“There’s been more Republicans than Democrats from each of those states,” he claimed of the influx of residents from more blue states, adding, “Had I not won 2018, this state would be a basket case, just like those states.”