Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis posed for a photo while holding a framed cutout of a white snowflake during a stop in Iowa but was completely unaware of the cutout's hidden message.
Unbeknownst to DeSantis, every branch of the snowflake had the word "fascist" hidden in the design.
DeSantis was at an event at the Rhythm City Casino Resort in Davenport, Iowa on Friday, March 10, when he received the snowflake.
DeSantis wasn't the only one that got trolled with the genius snowflakes. Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds could be seen holding her own "fascist" snowflakes as well.
The "fascist" snowflake is the brainchild of artist and activist Julie Meyerson Ross, who also sells T-shirts featuring the design, which she appears to have made with DeSantis in mind.
The design attracted attention from DeSantis' critics on both sides of the political aisle.
Bob Duff, a Democratic state Senator from Connecticut, responded:
"If the snowflake fits."
The snowflake was also a hit with right-wing reactionary and White nationalist Laura Loomer, who laughed because DeSantis "got trolled in Iowa."
Many appreciated and echoed the snowflake's message.
DeSantis, who has signaled an impending presidential run, is arguably former Republican President Donald Trump's biggest competition for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
DeSantis has denied he is running a presidential campaign even as he has embarked on a book tour that political commentators have suggested is a litmus test to see how prospective voters could respond to him in the event he is elevated to the national stage.
Many critics have expressed alarm over his fascistic behavior, particularly after his recent decision to stack the board of trustees of the New College of Florida with conservative allies who aim to transform the public liberal arts college into a haven for conservative thought.
Additionally, DeSantis has made "woke" the buzzword of his gubernatorial career by attacking the LGBTQ+ community through his "Don't Say Gay" law and dismantling efforts by schools to teach history that is both accurate and inclusive of contributions made by marginalized groups.
DeSantis, who has been praised by hardline conservatives, Evangelicals, and White nationalists, has said he will oppose any efforts to make White students feel "discomfort" in classrooms.