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Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis is an American politician who came to international attention as Governor of Florida during the coronavirus pandemic and earlier as a Congressman and member of the House Freedom caucus. DeSantis is frequently listed as a possible candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, with a large online following and presence, including various memes, since entering the public sphere in the late 2010s.


DeSantis attended Yale (where he played baseball) and later Harvard Law school. He served in the U.S. Navy, working at Guantanamo Bay and in Fallujah, Iraq.[1] In 2012, DeSantis was elected to the United States Congress, where he was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus along with Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows. The Freedom Caucus was formed to push the Republican party to the more conservative right and became known for its opposition to Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner.[2]

Governor of Florida

In 2018, DeSantis left Congress to run for Governor of Florida. With the help and support of the controversial Matt Gaetz (U.S. representative for Florida's 1st congressional district) and others, DeSantis won against Democrat Andrew Gillum in an extremely close election that required a recount.[3]

Coronavirus Pandemic

DeSantis, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, started to gain notable national political attention in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. In early 2020 while many states were implementing lockdown and quarantine regulations, the Governor did not declare a state of emergency or mask mandate, resulting in a mixture of support and backlash from those who either opposed such mandates or were in favor of them.[4] This decision also drew opposition from the Biden administration throughout the pandemic.

After his decision to forgo certain COVID-19 safety measures, many also alleged that DeSantis' administration purportedly downplayed the pandemic and delayed the release of data so that it would seem the situation was not as bad as it really was.[5] DeSantis argued the economic effects of a lockdown were worse than the effects of the pandemic, and Florida was one of the first states to lift its coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Beef With Disney / "Don't Say Gay" Bill

After the Disney corporation spoke out against a bill that forbid Florida teachers from discussing homosexuality in the classroom (informally called the "Don't Say Gay" bill), DeSantis moved to eliminate the special self-governing district in which Disney World is located near Orlando, Florida. In 2021, the Governor signed legislation that would end the special legal arrangement between Florida and Disney in 2023, postponing the complicated legal issue of how to handle Disney’s debts as a government and perform the government services that the company does in the Reedy Creek Improvement District.[6] Like many of DeSantis’ high-profile actions as Governor, it emerged in response to a widely covered topic in rightwing media and then spawned its own news cycle in response.

Speculation About 2024 Presidential Candidacy

After the 2020 election, DeSantis continued to support Donald Trump, but a steady stream of commentators speculated that DeSantis, who had become a prominent figure during the pandemic, would run for president in 2024. He became increasingly prominent, purportedly due to a deepening relationship with Fox News that allowed his team to “pitch stories” to the network and receive frequent coverage.[7]

High-profile figures like Joe Rogan and Alex Jones have endorsed an as-yet-unannounced DeSantis presidential campaign.[8][9] In 2022, DeSantis is running for re-election as Governor of Florida.

Ron DeSanctimonious

During a rally on the night of November 5th, 2022, while campaigning for Republican candidates in Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump coined a new nickname for Ron DeSantis — "Ron DeSanctimonious."[14] The latest in a long line of nicknames given by Trump to his political rivals, the "DeSanctimonious" nickname quickly sparked discussions online. Trump introduced the nickname while summarizing polling of Republican voters about who they would support for the presidency. Many, such as @AndrewFeinberg (seen below), shared the clip of Trump announcing the nickname. Feinberg's video earned almost 3,000 likes in less than a day.[13]

Online, reception of the "DeSanctimonious" nickname was largely mixed. Some detractors of the Governor embraced the nickname, such as Twitter[15] user @DWUhlfelderLaw, who received over 500 likes in a few hours for tweeting (seen below) about the nickname and calling DeSantis a groomer on November 6th.[15]

Daniel Uhlfelder @DWUhlfelderLaw Has Ron DeSanctimonious ever groomed you 3:32 PM Nov 6, 2022 Twitter for iPhone 111 Retweets 5 Quote Tweets 501 Likes :

Online History

DeSantis has maintained a notable Twitter presence since February 2012, in addition to his official Twitter[10] account as Governor in which he has over 2.7 million followers.

While many also celebrate and post outspoken support for him on social media, Ron DeSantis is frequently ridiculed by some on Twitter as “DeSatan,” with those on the left memeing about his conservative policies. For example, a tweet by Twitter user @JordanSchachtel from August 19th, 2022, commented on the frequency of jokes around the name "DeSantis" and received almost 800 likes in six hours.[11]

Jordan Schachtel @ @JordanSchachtel Ron "DeSatan" is trending and some of you think they'll take it easier on him than they will Trump 10:45 AM. Aug 19, 2022 · Twitter Web App 143 Retweets 21 Quote Tweets 774 Likes :

DeSantis has also notably achieved recognition for understanding memes and their power online. He chose to sign a November 2021 anti-vaccine mandate bill in the small town of Brandon, Florida, as a coy reference to the Let's Go Brandon meme.[12]

On August 23rd, 2022, DeSantis' wife Casey posted a video on Twitter titled 'Top Gov' which depicted DeSantis as a Tom Cruise-style fighter pilot battling the mainstream media.

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"Twitter gave him a new nickname 'DeSatan'" which again proves that the people of Twitter are collectively stupid because other parts of the internet have been calling him Ron DeathSentence for the last two years now and that's an infinitely better nickname.

Immediately reminding me of when that scandal of Donald Trump hiring Russian Prostitutes to piss on him Twitter called it, with their collective 12 IQ apparently, "PissGate" when the superior scandal name was "GoldenGate" but like I said, the people of Twitter are stupid.


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