Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign team released a new line of merchandise leadup up to the 2022 gubernatorial race that takes aim at White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci — selling T-shirts and beer koozies that read, “Don’t Fauci My Florida.”
DeSantis’ campaign team rolled out the merch earlier this week, along with flags and hats featuring slogans that read, “Keep Florida Free,” and other T-shirts that say, “Love My Gov.” Other merchandise on the site includes beverage coolers and other clothing emblazoned with the words “Don’t Fauci My Florida” in an attack on the flip-flop White House’s chief medical adviser.
NEW TODAY: Our team just dropped EXCLUSIVE merchandise on our brand-new @WINRED storefront.
Trust us… You don’t want to miss out on this. 👀
— Team DeSantis (@teamrondesantis) July 12, 2021
“We’re going to end up probably having like $10 million in reserve once the new budget takes effect,” DeSantis said last month. “That would not have been possible if we had followed Fauci. Instead, we followed freedom. And that’s the reason Florida is doing better.”
DeSantis sparked controversy at the height of the pandemic last year when he reopened Florida’s economy at a time when liberal states such as New York and California remained shut for months and refused to mandate mandatory mask-wearing mandatory in the sunshine state. The Florida Governor is now seen as the top 2024 if former President Donald Trump decides not to run also slammed Fauci for his contradictory guidance on the use of masks and reopening of the country.
The merchandise sparked liberal outrage on social media.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was among those to criticize his Florida counterpart over the sale of such items, tweeting: “DeSantis is a well-educated crackpot with no allegiance to our country, his constituency or the truth.”
MSNBC’s biased host Joy Reid sharing a link to The Washington Post’s article on the merchandise with the caption: “Siri: show me an ignorant ghoul…”
The View’s co-host and Florida RINO strategist Ana Violeta Navarro-Cárdenas branded the merchandise “freaking stupid.”
Executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, Helen Aguirre Ferre defended the sale of the merchandise.
“Governor DeSantis has seen to it that Florida is an oasis of freedom, and we’ll be darned if we let federal bureaucrats and absurd government overreach mess with that,” Ferre said. “While this isn’t an official campaign website, as Governor DeSantis hasn’t filed papers for his re-election, we view it as a great opportunity to have some lighthearted fun and give his supporters a chance to feel even more connected with his message of keeping Florida free.”