Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis slammed Democrat President Joe Biden in remarks this week during an interview, saying that there were a lot of problems around the country with “Brandon,” a name used to mock Biden, in office.
“All the problems you see with our country, and there’s a huge amount of problems with Brandon in the White House,” DeSantis said. “I mean look, the guy is not clicking on all cylinders, he’s not had a very good year.”
“We’re still strong in the state of Florida. We’re beating Brandon in Florida,” DeSantis added. “When I got elected, there were about 300,000 more registered Democrats in Florida than Republicans. Well now, for the first time in history, we have more Republicans than Democrats, and we’re gaining more and more every single month.”
Calling Biden “Brandon” comes from the popular anti-Biden slogan “Let’s Go, Brandon.” The slogan started in October at a NASCAR race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama when NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast was interviewing driver Brandon Brown after he won the race.
As Stavast interviewed Brown, “F*** Joe Biden” chants broke out in the stands, but Stavast claimed that they were chanting “Let’s go, Brandon.”
The “Let’s Go, Brandon” slogan has since become code for “F*** Joe Biden” and is commonly used at sporting events and various other locations.
DeSantis’ remarks come as new polling released this week by Quinnipiac University, a left-of-center mainstream poll, found that Biden’s approval rating had collapsed to 33%, which included a staggeringly low 28% approval rating from Hispanics. The poll also found that 70% of Americans said that the economy was not in good shape.
“In the two months since signing the $1 trillion infrastructure bill into law, President Biden has by almost every measure bombed big time on the things that matter most,” Axios reported. “It’s rare for a president to be at odds with Republicans, moderate Democrats and liberal Democrats — all at once. But that’s where Biden finds himself at the start of an election year that many Democrats believe will result in the loss of the House and maybe the Senate.”
Among the problems the Biden administration is facing, in addition to the low approval ratings, are anger from far-left activists, Biden’s vaccine mandate on businesses being blocked, disastrous foreign policy decisions, skyrocketing inflation, and supply chain issues.
Larry Summers, who served as Treasury Secretary under former President Bill Clinton and director of the National Economic Council under former President Barack Obama, warned this week that inflation was becoming an “entrenched” problem.
“I think the data flow is saying what I’ve thought for quite some time that, yes, there are transitory elements in inflation, and very likely they will recede, but we are basically moving towards higher entrenched inflation,” Summers said. “It’s there in expectations, it’s there in wages, it’s there in labor shortages, it’s there in the pervasive pattern across many different prices.”
“We have a massive, overheated labor market,” Summers continued. “We have the highest ratio of vacancies to unemployment in the country’s history, by a large margin. We have shortages of labor, in everything from psychotherapy, to McDonalds, in everything from investment analysts to gardeners, that suggests a surfeit of purchasing power and demand relative to the capacity of the economy to produce and unless we bring those things into balance, we’re going to have not just higher inflation, but possibly even accelerating inflation. And we need to recognize that we have an overheated economy that we are going to need to cool off.”