Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis released an epic new campaign ad that riffs off box office smash “Top Gun: Maverick.”
The video shows DeSantis, wearing a bomber jacket similar to the one Tom Cruise’s character wears in the titular film, explaining his “Top Gov” rules of engagement with mainstream media and how he has willingly gone into battle with them during his tenure in Florida’s highest office.
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your Governor speaking,” he starts off. “Today’s training evolution: dogfighting. Taking on the corporate media.”
Top Gov… Dogfighting… Taking on the Corporate Media…
Rules of Engagement are as Follows:
— Casey DeSantis (@CaseyDeSantis) August 23, 2022
“The rules of engagement are as follows: Number one, don’t fire unless fired upon, but when they fire, you fire back with overwhelming force,” DeSantis continues.
During footage of a press conference, he challenges a reporter to quote a bill to him and questions if they can tell him “what’s in the bill.” Following the clip, he walks through an air field and strides up to a fighter jet labeled “Top Gov.”
His next rule is to “never ever back down from a fight,” and the governor delights in cutting off a reporter while they stutter out half of a question. From a cockpit, he states that the third rule is not to “accept their narrative,” and goes on to blast a woke journalist for not caring about the facts.
The ad concludes with DeSantis, wearing a flight helmet, and his son hitting the throttle as he exclaims, “Let’s turn and burn!”
The Florida politician is clearly capitalizing on the popularity of Tom Cruise starrer “Top Gun: Maverick,” which has become the sixth-highest grossing domestic film in history.
The military flick beat out “Avengers: Infinity War,” in its 13th week at the box office, when it hit the $683 million mark in North America. The film’s executive producer, Jerry Bruckheimer believes that the excessive CGI in Marvel movies helped fuel “Top Gun’s” success.
“Sometimes you want to see something that’s real, and that’s what Top Gun gave us,” he said. “These aviators are out there protecting our country right now, flying around the world, and you’re taking a ride with them. You’re seeing what they do, you’re seeing what their life is like, and the trials and tribulations that they have to go through. You’re actually experiencing it with our actors.”