Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis released a new ad borrowing imagery from the record breaking “Top Gun” movie franchise, and featuring a thematically dressed DeSantis parody Tom Cruise’s role in the recent sequel.
DeSantis offers “rules of engagement” for “dog fighting” and “taking on the corporate media” while parodying the film that’s raked in more than $600 million at the box office.
The first rule, per the governor: “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but when they fire, you fire back with overwhelming force.” The second is “never, ever back down from a fight,” and the third: “don’t accept their narrative.”
Top Gov… Dogfighting… Taking on the Corporate Media…
Rules of Engagement are as Follows:
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 23, 2022
DeSantis’s young son is featured at the end of the video shouting, “Let’s turn and burn!” while adjusting a throttle. At press time the video has over 1.4 million views on Twitter.
The Florida primary is being held today, and DeSantis is widely expected to face former Rep. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat, in November. One outlier poll, however, showed Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried poll ahead of Crist, according to Politico.
Sarasota County parents are ready to elect school board members who are going to ensure our schools provide a great education for our kids, not a woke indoctrination.
Thanks to all who came out to join us today! Don’t forget to VOTE on Tuesday for these student-first candidates. pic.twitter.com/SDjkE5Q7FP
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 21, 2022
Regardless, most polls have shown DeSantis handily beating Fried or Crist in November. Last week, Politico reported that DeSantis boasted a 50 to 43 lead over Fried and a 50 to 42 lead over Crist. Politico notes, “If you expect a red wave Republican year, then DeSantis’ lead is likely even larger.”
Meanwhile, even as Trump appears to be boosted in popularity by the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home, DeSantis appears to be gaining on him in extremely early polling of a 2024 Republican primary battle.
A recent Yahoo/YouGov poll showed Trump up 49% to DeSantis’ 31%, with 21% undecided.
NEW POLL: Who would you rather see as the Republican nominee? (Republican voters)
Donald Trump — 49% (+18)
Ron DeSantis — 31%
Donald Trump — 58% (+27)
Ron DeSantis — 31%
August 18-22 / Yahoo / YouGov https://t.co/Dkuv9pLq8g
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) August 23, 2022
Trump, however, has remained the front runner in every national Republican primary poll released since he left office in 2021, though DeSantis beat Trump for the first time with New Hampshire voters, according to a poll released in June.
DeSantis defended Trump after the FBI raid on his home, calling the event “totally off the rails” and declaring that “these agencies have now been weaponized to be used against people that the government doesn’t like,” according to the New York Post.