This week’s meeting between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and many senators on Capitol Hill drew a relatively small but vocal group of leftist demonstrators who was blasting music and shouting things like “we say gay” along with “D.C. don’t like fascists.”
DeSantis, who had attended the event and gave the impression that he was gauging support for a potential presidential bid, has gained notoriety for his support of conservative cultural issues, including the Rights of Parents in Education Act, which Disney opposed and which left-wing activists have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The demonstrators, many of whom belonged to the extreme left ShutDownDC, loudly objected to the governor’s attendance. They gathered outside the almost two-hour event, waving flags promoting transgenderism and homosexual pride and yelling abortion, Black Lives Matter, and the word “gay.”
Press were not allowed to cover the event, which took place at the Heritage Foundation facility a few streets from the US Capitol.
Chants persisted and music blared the whole time, as police remained lined up outside the facility.
The event had been billed as a “meet and greet and policy discussion” and was being held by the And to the Republic organization. The majority of the MPs present have not declared their preference for the 2024 presidential candidate.
The front-runner in the race, former President Trump, who began his candidacy in November, has received support from roughly 40 members of Congress.
Despite receiving three congressional endorsements from Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Laurel Lee (R-FL), all of which were present at the Tuesday’s meet and greet, Breitbart News confirmed, DeSantis, who remains in second place in the polls, has not declared his intention to run.
Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Reps. Tim Burchett (R-TN), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Maria Salazar (R-FL), and Tom Tiffany (R-WI) were among those seen leaving the event. The invitation also listed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and a number of other House members as participants.