It was an inauspicious start for Ron DeSantis in Iowa on Friday. Chanting “Ron DeFascist” and “pudding fingers” on a megaphone while ringing cowbells, two protesters effectively cut short the Florida governor’s first campaign stop of the day.
At the DeSantis event, Kara Ryan of Des Moines said she and her aunt, Heather Ryan, were there on behalf of a political action committee called “Bitches Get Stuff Done,” that supports abortion rights. A man there to support DeSantis at one point tried to stop the noise by attempting unsuccessfully to knock the megaphone out of Heather Ryan’s hands.
DeSantis, joined by his wife Casey, still tried to give remarks. “People like that,” he said, referring to the two protesters drowning him out, “are what’s holding this country back.”
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DeSantis was back on his bus in 90 seconds.
DeSantis greeted by ‘pudding fingers’ chant in Iowa https://t.co/LKm09QOncR
— POLITICO (@politico) August 11, 2023
An altercation ensues as a woman shouts, “Go back to Florida, pudding fingers!” during Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-FL) Iowa bus tour on the presidential campaign trail. pic.twitter.com/c4GgybfFCq
— The Recount (@therecount) August 11, 2023
Bit of a skirmish at DeSantis’ first stop of the day in Iowa. Two protesters here are drowning out his remarks shouting “pudding fingers” and someone supporting him is trying to get them to stop. pic.twitter.com/xEtmd2M3c9
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) August 11, 2023