One of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign appearances in Iowa turned chaotic when a blue-haired agitator engaged in a physical altercation with attendees on Friday. The incident took place at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, where DeSantis was speaking alongside Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Videos of the incident were shared on social media, with a warning about offensive language.
In the video, a woman wearing a t-shirt with the message “b****es get stuff done” can be seen throwing punches at an individual. A member of the Iowa State Patrol can be seen in the video attempting to calm down the protester and advise her against disorderly conduct. It was reported that law enforcement moved some protesters to the back of the crowd.
Another video, shared by a leader of Students for DeSantis, indicated that the event had been picketed by protesters. In the video, a group of protesters wearing profane shirts can be seen demonstrating outside of DeSantis’ campaign bus.
The agitators shouted at DeSantis, telling him to “go back to Florida.” Despite the disruptions, the Republican presidential candidate remained focused on introducing himself to potential voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. He ignored the agitators and continued engaging with fair attendees.
During the event, Reynolds also had an opportunity to address the crowd alongside DeSantis. Both politicians took the opportunity to speak about their policies and visions for the country.
This incident comes as DeSantis has been gaining attention as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. His conservative approach to governance, particularly his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, has generated both support and controversy. As he continues to campaign and engage with voters, he may face more instances of opposition and protest.
It is important to note that this article originally appeared on The Western Journal and contains embedded tweets with additional information about the incident. The tweets provide video evidence and commentary on the altercation, offering a more comprehensive view of the event.
As the 2024 presidential election approaches, campaigns are likely to face more scrutiny and opposition from those who hold differing views. It remains to be seen how candidates like DeSantis will navigate these challenges and maintain focus on their campaign messages.