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BRANDON, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis trolled President Joe Biden Thursday when he chose Brandon, Florida, as the location in which he put his signature to crucial pieces of legislation against COVID-19 jab mandates in the Sunshine State. 

The bills were the result of a special legislative session called by DeSantis to provide permanent protections for Floridians against coercive jab mandates, particularly as the Biden administration has sought to force large businesses to require their workers to get the COVID-19 shot. 

Though Gov. DeSantis didn’t comment directly on the choice of location to sign the bills, it’s clear the decision was a reference to the viral phrase “Let’s Go Brandon,” a euphemistic expression which has replaced the more vulgar “F*** Joe Biden” and has swept the nation since early October as Americans enthusiastically use the term to denounce President Biden and his policies.  

“We’re really excited to be here,” DeSantis said in his comments to the press as he prepared to sign the bills. 

Stating that “we hear so much about all these things: mandates, restrictions, tearing people down,” the Florida governor said, “today, we lift people up.” 

“We provide protections for people: no nurse, no firefighter, no police officer, no trucker, no anybody should lose their job because of these COVID jabs,” he said. 

DeSantis referred to one of the bills put forward by the GOP-led Florida legislature as “the strongest piece of legislation that’s been enacted anywhere in the country in this regard.” 

“We are respecting people’s individual freedom in this state,” he stated. 

Asked by a reporter whether he chose the city of Brandon on purpose to “troll” the president, DeSantis replied, “I think that Brandon, Florida is a great American city. I think the people here are fantastic.” 

“We’re proud to make a stand for freedom in Brandon, Florida,” he said. 

Loud chants of “Let’s Go Brandon” broke out from the crowd during the event, to which the governor responded by smiling. 

According to a press release put out by the governor’s office, the bills signed Thursday prohibit blanket employer COVID-19 jab mandates by requiring employers to provide a broad swath of exemption options including religious and health concerns and natural immunity. 

Since the passage of S.B. 2006 in May, no entity in Florida may demand proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

The laws will impose hefty fines against employers who violate the law and formally ban government entities from requiring anyone, including employees, to get the shots. 

Moreover, one bill strips the state health officer’s power to force citizens to get vaccinated during a declared public health emergency. 

The legislation also tackles school-related mandates, forbidding educational institutions from requiring students to get jabbed, legally fortifying the governor’s ban on school mask mandates, prohibiting school districts from quarantining “healthy students,” and allowing parents and students to sue school districts who violate the laws. reported that the four bills “prevent COVID-19 mandates in Florida and get the governor his nationally watched clapback at the Biden administration over requiring vaccines in the workplace.” 

The Tallahassee Democrat noted that while the bills do not outright ban employer jab mandates, they “render them largely toothless by requiring private employers to offer more opt-outs for any employees who refuse to be vaccinated,” including claiming natural immunity to the coronavirus and expressing sincerely-held concerns about the experimental jab. 

DeSantis has been at loggerheads with Biden over the president’s move to force businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to get the COVID-19 shot, with the Republican governor calling the rule, put forward through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an attempt to “shoehorn policy through the bureaucracy” in violation of the U.S. Constitution. 

“The state of Florida is going to respond, and we will combat the OSHA rule,” DeSantis said in a November 4 press conference. 

In direct response to Biden’s mandate, one of the bills deriving from Florida’s special legislative session this week will withdraw Florida from OSHA, swapping out the federal agency for state oversight of occupational safety. 

DeSantis’ decision to formally ban jab mandates in direct opposition to President Biden at a site in Brandon, Florida, comes after the governor jokingly referred to the Biden administration as the “Brandon administration” at an event earlier this month, earning cheers and chants from attendees. 

The phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” has become something of a cultural phenomenon among conservatives and a frequent chant at sports games. 

 The saying originated in October after an NBC reporter interviewing NASCAR driver Brandon Brown inaccurately stated that the audience members in the stands, who were chanting: “F*** Joe Biden,” were actually saying: “Let’s go, Brandon.” 

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Conservatives immediately picked up “Let’s Go Brandon” as a euphemism for “F*** Joe Biden,” in what has become a nationwide anti-Biden joke. 

The phrase has spread like wildfire throughout the U.S. and online, popping up in memes, comments sections, t-shirts, and bumper stickers, and replacing its more vulgar cousin as a popular chant at sports games and protests. 

A cheeky way of showing dissatisfaction with President Joe Biden and his policies, “Let’s Go Brandon” also pokes fun at a legacy media whose credibility has nosedived for their reporting on subjects like the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, the “insurrection” at the Capitol in January 2021, and the COVID-19 pandemic, with huge numbers of Americans considering mainstream media reports to be misleading and biased. 

“This chant has taken on a life of its own,” DeSantis said at a press conference November 5. “You have a reporter from NBC, who knows that’s what they’re saying, and she’s trying to cover for Biden. So she says, ‘yeah,’ they’re chanting Let’s Go, Brandon.’ “ 

“It exposes the dishonesty of these corporate reporters and what they do every day,” he said. 

Asked last week what Biden thinks about the disparaging phrase, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “I don’t think he spends much time focused on it or thinking about it.” 

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