(Daily Mail) While her husband stakes his case to become president, Casey DeSantis continued her audition for America’s first lady by channeling another first lady and delivering a blunt message on the back of her coat.
‘Where woke comes to die,’ read the message on the back of her black leather jacket at a charity biker rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
It also featured a picture of an alligator and the outline of the state of Florida, where her husband is governor.
It immediately drew comparisons with Melania Trump, who wore a statement green-hooded jacket during a 2018 trip to visit migrant children in Texas.
‘I really don’t care do u?’ it said, triggering vigorous debate about whether she was shrugging at the fate of detained children, or giving a metaphorical finger to the media and attacks on her family.
Casey DeSantis continued her audition for America’s first lady by channeling another first lady and delivering a blunt message on the back of her coat: ‘Where woke comes to die’
Her jacket immediately drew comparisons with Melania Trump and the coast she wore in 2018 as she visited detained child migrants in Texas while her husband was president
The DeSantis message was clearer, and aligned closely with one of her husband’s key campaign commitments.
Supporters say she is a major part of the campaign machine, echoing his talking points and rounding off his awkward edges with stories of their life at home.
She has been ever present at events since DeSantis announced his bid.
On Saturday she entertained their three children in her leather jacket amid 86F heat while the Florida governor signed Bibles and hats, and posed for selfies with supporters.
In a 10-minute speech to Republicans, her husband again channeled Churchill to set out his contempt for ‘woke’ ideology.
‘We will wage a war on the woke. We will fight the woke in education; we will fight the woke in the corporations; we will fight the woke in the halls of Congress,’ he said
‘We will never ever surrender to the woke mob.’
Fighting political correctness at Disney, banning transgender reassignment surgery on minors, and rooting out discussions of sexuality from schools have all been part of anti-woke agenda in Florida.
Casey is seen as Gov. DeSantis’s not-so secret weapon. Supporters say she amplifies his messaging and rounds off his awkward edges with tales of their family life
The Florida first lady has been an ever-present at events since DeSantis launched his run
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis mingled with supporters and signed books and posters at the state fairgrounds near Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday morning
‘We stand for the protection of our children,’ he said. ‘We will do battle against anybody who seeks to rob them of their innocence.
‘And on those principles. I will not compromise where I stand.’
DeSantis is running a clear second to Trump, but has plenty of ground to make up if he is to win the nomination.
On Saturday he was appearing at Sen. Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride event. After a biker procession, eight 2024 Republican hopefuls appeared on stage to make their pitch to Iowa voters.
DeSantis joined former Vice President Mike Pence, former Gov Nikki Haley, Sen. Tim Scott and other declared candidates in Des Moines, Iowa.
Former Vice President Mike Pence donned a leather vest and jeans as he joined a column of about 200 bikers in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday at a gathering of 2024 hopefuls
But the frontrunner, former President Donald Trump, was notably absent, continuing a strategy of avoiding events where he has to share a stage with rivals.
His former VP was the only hopeful who took part in the motorbike rally, one part of Sen. Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride
And in his speech he teased an announcement on Wednesday, when he is due to return to the state.
‘And I have to tell you over the last two years, [wife] Karen and I have spent a lot of time reflecting and praying about everything this country is dealing with and what we might do to serve,’ he said.
‘And I don’t have anything to announce today but I can tell you, when it gets time to announce, come this Wednesday, I’m announcing in Iowa.’
Pence has made multiple trips to the early caucus state over the past year as he tests the waters, but has yet to formally enter the race.
He wore jeans, boots and a leather vest with patches paying tribute to his home state of ‘Indiana’ and messages supportive of the military as he joined Ernst at the head of the rumbling column of bikers.
Saturday was one of the uniquely Iowan events when voters get a chance to meet the candidates up close as they weigh their support.
Amid plates of roast pork and biker jackets, eight presidential hopefuls made their pitch as they mingled with locals.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrived at the end of a five-day swing through early states.
His wife Casey wore a black leather jacket in 86-degree weather with the words ‘Where Woke Goes to Die’ with an image of an alligator and the outline of Florida on the back.
After an hour or so of retail politics, the candidates took the stage to outline their platform in 10-minute speeches.