Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ look at a Honda dealership in Brandon, Fla., to signal laws prohibiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates was broadly seen as a nod to a euphemistic insult of President Joe Biden.
However the head of the dealership group that owns Brandon Honda says he made “zero connection” prematurely of the Republican governor’s go to between the shop’s title and the “Let’s go Brandon” chants which have damaged out at latest Republican occasions.
“I don’t assist any disrespect of President Joe Biden,” Morgan Auto Group CEO Brett Morgan stated in an e mail to Automotive Information final week.
Morgan stated DeSantis is a good friend and requested to make use of the dealership, which earlier governors often used for public occasions. Morgan stated he and his father, Chairman Larry Morgan, received vaccinated as quickly as they may and have inspired workers to take action as nicely however suppose mandating the pictures is an “overreaching coverage that would threaten our relationship with as much as 20 p.c of our almost 5,000 workers.”
DeSantis, who a number of weeks in the past referred to the White Home because the “Brandon administration,” did not straight reply a query in regards to the cause he traveled to Brandon. Video taken on the occasion exhibits some supporters carrying “Let’s go Brandon” T-shirts.
American Honda stated it tells sellers they need to keep away from getting concerned in political occasions.
“Honda doesn’t endorse political candidates, events or occasions,” the corporate stated in an announcement, “and out of respect to our clients we strongly discourage our independently owned sellers from internet hosting political rallies at their dealerships.”