GOP Rep Teaches His Kids To ‘Build The Wall’ In Creepy New Ad
Some parents fill their babies’ play areas with plush toys and introduce them to literature through Where’s Spot?
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) takes a different approach.
DeSantis, who is running in the Republican gubernatorial primary in Florida, is out with a new campaign ad touting his ardent support of President Donald Trump ― support so obsessive he’s already schooling his young children in the ways of #MAGA.
In the ad, DeSantis, who recently earned Trump’s endorsement over his main Republican rival, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, is introduced by his wife, Casey.
“People say Ron’s all Trump,” she begins, “but he is so much more.”
The viewer is then treated to a tongue-in-cheek yet still remarkably unsettling portrayal of the congressman’s parenting style.
In one scene, he urges one of his children to “build the wall” with a set of cardboard play bricks.
In another scene, he reads Trump’s The Art of the Deal to his child with the words “PITBULL TRUMP DEFENDER” splashed in all caps across the screen.
“Then Mr. Trump said, ‘You’re fired,’” DeSantis coos. “I love that part.”
He also teaches his daughter to talk by using a “Make America Great Again” Trump lawn sign. Casey DeSantis calls her husband a “great dad.”
Despite his apparent willingness to inculcate his children with blase attitudes about job loss and xenophobia, DeSantis’ strategy appears to be paying off. A survey released by Florida Atlantic University last week found DeSantis leading Putnam 36 to 27 percent, with 23 percent undecided.
DeSantis drew condemnation last week when he referred to rising Democratic Party star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as “this girl … or whatever she is.”
It’s not all bad. Studies find that young children who are regularly spoken to by their parents exhibit higher cognitive functioning later in life. Maybe DeSantis’ children will grow up and not make the same decisions as their father.
Check out our rundown of 2018′s worst campaign ads.
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