Florida’s First Lady is explaining her penchant for discount shopping in Iowa Sunday, blaming the current President’s economy for her need for cheaply-priced children’s apparel.
During an event in Charles City, Casey DeSantis said the Joe Biden economy drove her need to patronize a certain big box department store in a way that has become part of the news cycle in recent months.
“Guilty as charged. I shop at Walmart. Thank you Bidenomics, OK? Everything is so darn expensive and my children grow up so fast that I need $2 t-shirts. OK?”
Gov. Ron DeSantis made more than $1.39 million last year between his salary as Governor and his book advance, it should be noted, and the First Family lives rent free, so their need of discount t-shirts is especially remarkable in that context.
The First Lady was rehashing her otherwise familiar routine about how she doesn’t mind being called “Walmart Melania,” a scathing sobriquet intended to imply that she was an imitation of former President Donald Trump’s First Lady, Melania Trump.
This has been a durable part of her campaign appearances.
“They refer to me as the ‘Walmart Melania.’ And so I just had a beer. I can’t imagine what the media is going to say now as a result of all of this,” the First Lady quipped on the Ruthless Podcast this summer.
The use of humor to undermine the insult was a new approach from DeSantis, who previously addressed the “Walmart Melania” and “America’s Karen” epithets in more sober terms.
“One thing that the corporate media did get right about me: I do shop at Walmart,” DeSantis said on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”
“I think it’s interesting and you probably can sympathize with this when they come after you and they’re just calling you names. That means they don’t want to litigate the merits of their case. They don’t want to have that conversation. They want to call you names. They want to try to get you to back down. But I can tell you the No. 1 thing — we will not back down when it comes to our family,” the First Lady added.
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