Florida GOP Candidate Teaches Child to ‘Build the Wall’ With Blocks in Pro-Trump Campaign AD
TALLAHASSEE, FL – July 31, 2018
Florida Representative and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis in his campaign video is teaching his young daughter to "build a wall" and to say "Make America Great Again", reading The Art of the Deal to his infant son, and repeating "big league" a Trump catchphrase to one of his infant children.
While Democrats have tried to appeal to the working class, the go-to strategy for Republican candidates has been to pander to President Trump’s base. In his campaign DeSantis proves himself as a “pitbull Trump defender.”
In the ad, DeSantis, who recently earned Trump’s endorsement over his main Republican rival, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, is introduced by his wife, Casey.
“People say Ron’s all Trump,” she begins, “but he is so much more.”
Despite strong criticism from his counterparts and the media for his apparent willingness to inculcate his children with blase attitudes about job loss and xenophobia, DeSantis’ strategy appears to be paying off. A survey released by Florida Atlantic University last week found DeSantis leading Putnam 36 to 27 percent, with 23 percent undecided.
The two are fighting to replace current Governor Rick Scott, who is relinquishing his seat to run for Senate.
“Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida,” wrote Trump on Twitter last year. “He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!”
In December, DeSantis rode on Air Force One with President Trump to a rally in Pensacola where the president endorsed Alabama Senate loser Roy Moore. On the flight, Trump reportedly told DeSantis: “You’re my guy.”
DeSantis said he plans to run the 30-second advertisement across Florida starting Tuesday, the same day that Trump is set to fly out to Florida and appear at a rally supporting the Congressman in Tampa.