Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida’s address to the New Hampshire GOP’s annual fundraising dinner on Friday was momentarily interrupted a couple of minutes into his speech by a handful of female protesters.
Security quickly removed the demonstrators who were chanting “Jews Against DeSantis”. The event was sold out and held in a ballroom at a downtown hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire, the largest city.
DeSantis, in a rebuttal to the incident, told his audience, to applause and cheers, that “you have to add a little spice to your speech.” Right, before quickly going back to his prepared remarks.
Before entering the ballroom, all guests at the event had to go through a thorough security check.
Chris Ager, the New Hampshire State Party chairman, told Fox News on Friday morning that the dinner’s fundraising would raise over $250,000. Ager called this a “record.” He also noted that more than 500 people will be in attendance and that the ticket sales had been stopped earlier this week when they reached 520.
DeSantis is making his first trip to New Hampshire this cycle. The state hosts the first primary and the second contest in the GOP’s presidential nomination calendar. DeSantis, a popular conservative Florida governor, has already visited Iowa (which hosts the caucuses that kick off the Republican calendar) and Nevada (which hosts the fourth contest), and will visit South Carolina next week (which votes third) this year.
DeSantis is expected to launch his presidential campaign after Florida’s legislative sessions conclude in the next month. He’s made a lot of preparations for launching his campaign behind the scenes.
Amos Tuck is credited by many as the founder of the Republican Party, which was founded in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1850. Exeter, Ripon, Wisconsin, and Jackson, Michigan all claim to be the birthplaces of the GOP.