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DeSantis embraces coded ‘Brandon’ insult of Biden

As supporter holds up a Brandon, Florida sign as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks to members of the media before a bill signing Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Brandon, Fla. Gov. DeSantis has embraced “Let’s go Brandon.” The Republican governor's campaign said they picked the small Tampa suburb of Brandon as the place for his signing of a bill opposing White House vaccine mandates Thursday, trolling President Joe Biden by referring to what has become a popular stand-in for swearing at the president. The “Let’s Go Brandon” line has grown in popularity among Republicans who want to boost their credentials among the party's hard-core base. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has embraced “Let’s go Brandon.”

The Republican governor’s campaign said they picked the small Tampa suburb of Brandon as the place for his signing of a bill opposing White House vaccine mandates Thursday, trolling President Joe Biden by referring to what has become a popular stand-in for swearing at the president.

The “Let’s Go Brandon” line has grown in popularity among Republicans who want to boost their credentials among the party’s hard-core base.

DeSantis too has become more well-known nationally by opposing public health guidance during the pandemic.

The crowd chanted the phrase as DeSantis smiled, calling Brandon a  “great American city.”

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