First Lady of Florida, Casey DeSantis, has recently taken to Twitter to announce the initiation of a new movement, “Mamas for DeSantis”. This campaign has been launched as part of her husband, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential run for 2024.
In her tweet, she released a two-minute video that bears an eerie resemblance to the QAnon conspiracy theories, promising to fight against anyone who dares to exploit children’s innocence to push their agendas. The group positions themselves as the guardians of kids, vowing to elect Ron DeSantis as the next President of the United States.
The video presents an interesting narrative, suggesting that parents across the country have been silenced and coerced into ‘trusting the science’ during the COVID-19 pandemic while criticizing policies such as masking children. This outlook comes despite the global death toll from the pandemic reaching into the millions, according to WHO.
Governor DeSantis’ response to the pandemic has drawn significant criticism. Reports have suggested that he and his staff openly questioned the accuracy of COVID-19 death rates. His press secretary, Fred Piccolo Jr., is known to have significantly underreported the daily death toll on one occasion, while consistently downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
Nonetheless, “Mamas for DeSantis” wholeheartedly backs Ron DeSantis as their ‘fighter’. They believe that if the Republican governor is elected in 2024, America will experience a transformation: open schools, defend parental rights, universal school choice, ban critical race theory, and illegal child mutilation, save girls’ sports, protected communities, a flourishing economy, and guaranteed freedom.
Yet, DeSantis’ campaign has been struggling. His inability to capture the public’s attention or generate headlines, coupled with his poor performance in the polls, doesn’t promise a successful presidential bid. Meanwhile, critics are quick to lambast the ad, calling it out as bizarre and indistinguishable from QAnon propaganda. They argue that it misses the real threats to children, such as school shootings, enabled by GOP gun laws.
Amid the campaign’s chaos, a clear picture is emerging: Both Casey and Ron DeSantis are aligned in their political ambitions. Some speculate that as Ron’s chances of clinching the presidency in 2024 seem less likely, Casey might be setting herself up for a run in 2026. As the campaign continues to unfold, one thing is certain: it’s an unsettling mix of parenting and pandemonium.