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Ron DeSantis' Face

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Ron DeSantis' Face refers to the facial expressions of Florida Governor and rumored 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, which many found off-putting and strange. Photos of DeSantis laughing, or opening his mouth very wide, circulated online in the spring of 2023, along with a media narrative that increasingly questioned his chances against Donald Trump in a Republican primary.

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On April 24th, 2023, while on a trip to Japan, Ron DeSantis was asked a question about his polling numbers for the 2024 Republican primary. The Florida Governor was asked about his 2024 presidential ambitions and while answering the question made a series of unusual facial expressions.[1]



Online, these facial expressions of DeSantis were widely mocked and ridiculed, with many posting memes about it. Some compared the Florida Governor to a "bobblehead." Often, posters captioned the photo of the governor with his mouth open, using it ironically as a reaction image. For example, Twitter[2] user @owillis received over 230 likes on April 24th, for comparing the Governor to a child (see below).


Oliver Willis @owillis When Mom says you can get the sprinkles on your ice cream GIF :

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Some users compared the DeSantis facial expressions to the infamous "Dean Scream" of 2004, when Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean yelped in excitement following a good showing in the New Hampshire primary. Many found the Dean Scream bizarre, and some argued it was the reason why Dean went on to lose the election despite doing well early on. @daveryder and other commentators compared the impact of the DeSantis face photo (which came around the same time as a negative turn in the governor's press coverage) to the Dean Scream. Others compared the face of Ron DeSantis to Soyjak, like @jaketropolis (seen below right) who received almost 3,000 likes on April 23rd, 2023.[4]


Dave Ryder C @daveryder JFC I'm old enough to remember the Howard Dean scream, this is an order of magnitude weirder. Desantis will never be president, he's a pudding fingering weirdo. 10:03 AM. May 14, 2023 273 Views 1 Retweet 11 Likes QUAR SA 24 : KE the prince with a thousand enemies @jaketropolis Mr. President, we're getting reports from Japan that DeSantis has soyfaced on live TV. Yes sir. Yes sir. I've already called the wojak artists we keep on retainer. They'll have a png ready within 30 minutes. 8:07 PM. Apr 24, 2023 64.3K Views 230 Retweets 3 Quotes 2,951 Likes 56 Bookmarks

On May 13th, 2023, a photograph of Ron DeSantis at a campaign event in Iowa was taken by reporter John McCormick and posted to Twitter, where it received just under a thousand likes (see below). This photo generated more conversation and memes about the governor's facial expressions.


John McCormick @McCormickJohn May 13 Sort of campaigning for the presidency in lowa can be fun... 390 QUAR ST t 379 SAN 24 962 Batarya ₁1.7M ←]

The DeSantis team appears to have noticed the negative press around their candidate's facial expressions, with sources telling ABC News[6] on May 6th that the governor's team "has been paying close attention to how to help manage the governor's facial reactions in the upcoming debate (with Trump)."

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Stonekettle @Stonekettle : Holy underwear! Sheriff murdered! Innocent women and children blown to bits! We have to protect our phony baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph! Eric Gonzaba @EGonzaba a gay man after you ask them if they've donated blood: 0:04 3:29 AM • Apr 25, 2023 39.9K Views 102 Retweets 10 Quotes 749 Likes 19 Bookmarks : =

Matthew Sitman @MatthewSitman May 14 "They vomit laughter. Trying to eject the vacuum inside them." (Garry Wills, Nixon Agonistes) 48 QUAL 145 3 . SAN 24 745 77.5K (→ Populism Updates @PopulismUpdates May 14 Facial expressions just destroying this guy's campaign John McCormick @McCormickJohn - May 13 Sort of campaigning for the presidency in lowa can be fun... 64 115 QUAR ST 3,537 SAN 24 il₁203.3K ↑ :


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Watermelanie
Watermelanie

in reply to Kenetic Kups

the 44 year old book banner
>can only ban books
>"oh god I'm B-BAAANNING!!!"
>always bans books
>may read them occasionally (probably not)
>never actually knows what they're about
>bans so many books he could fill a library with them
>bans all these books but still lets bad ones slip through because he likes them
>"muh degeneracy"

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