Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis cranked up the trolling machine on Thursday, mocking the Biden administration for its latest woke pitch.
The left’s war on gas stoves.
The Republican governor was responding to a controversy ignited earlier this week by Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
During an interview with Bloomberg News, Trumka opined that gas appliances present a “hidden hazard” in the home and that his agency was set to heighten testing and regulation of them.
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“Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned,” he told the news outlet.
Many Democratic lawmakers and the media picked up on the theme, including promoting the idea that gas appliances cause asthma in children.
Yet Trumka, apparently realizing later how his comment sounded, tried to walk it back, tweeting: “To be clear, CPSC isn’t coming for anyone’s gas stoves. Regulations apply to new products.”
The media rehabilitation campaign continued on Thursday, when the left-wing media repeatedly downplayed the notion that President Joe Biden was “coming” for Americans’ stoves.
CBS’ MarketWatch reported that 40 million U.S. households use gas appliances.
The problem for Biden is that no one believes he won’t come for them.
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This is, after all, the same president who sicced the FBI on parents who objected to the sexualization of their children at public schools. This is the same president who drooled at the prospect of having 87,000 new IRS agents to hunt down taxpayers. This is the same president who ended your career for not going along with his vaccine mandate.
Yet on Thursday, Gov. DeSantis saw an opportunity to troll the increasingly authoritarian White House.
As the start of an appearance in The Villages, DeSantis unveiled the latest of his “Don’t Tread on Florida” campaign items. He also held up cards showing the design of the items, including one with the familiar yellow design that recalls the Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag.
“I just want to make it clear to everybody that when we say ‘Don’t Tread on Florida’ or ‘Let us alone,’ we mean that, including for your gas stoves,” declared DeSantis. “I know many people who cook a lot who do not want to part with their gas stoves.”
The latest product line includes aprons with the image of a stove and the phrase, “Don’t Tread on Florida.”