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Ron DeSantis’ first experience at the Iowa State Fair has been anything but “Midwestern nice.”

For the second day in a row, the Florida governor was the only Republican at the event, which is hallowed political territory for any presidential candidate, interrupted by protesters imploring him to return to the Sunshine State.

DeSantis’ latest clash with the small group of demonstrators — who say they were there to protest his policies on a range of issues, including abortion and education — was on Saturday morning during his one-on-one interview with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

The protesters used a cowbell and whistles to disrupt DeSantis, who has a close relationship with Reynolds and said he would consider her as a running mate. Two of DeSantis’ rivals for the GOP nomination, Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley, were also interviewed by Reynolds, ahead of DeSantis, and neither faced any vocal opposition from the audience.

“Hey, you know what, you know what? We’re in Iowa,” Reynolds told the protesters. “And in Iowa, we’re Iowa nice. So, let’s give everybody the opportunity to hear our candidates.”

After the incident, DeSantis called the protesters “radical leftists.” “Well, look, I think when the left comes out that’s a sign of strength because like, they know that we will beat [Joe] Biden and they know we will be able to turn this country around and they do not want that,” he told reporters.

It was the second day in a row that DeSantis was heckled by the apparent left-leaning group. On Friday, the protesters greeted DeSantis at the fair using a megaphone through which they chanted “Ron DeFascist” and “pudding fingers,” referring to a Daily Beast story that reported DeSantis ate a cup of pudding with his bare hands.

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