Remember When Ron DeSantis Couldn’t Stop Kissing Donald Trump’s Ass?
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Is Now Confronting Donald Trumpbut you only have to look back at a campaign ad he did in 2018 to be reminded of how flamboyant he was when he first ran for governor. .
The 30-second commercial from August of that year was an oddly humorous attempt that featured DeSantis’ wife, 21-month-old daughter and their 5-month-old son as the ultimate MAGA family.
It begins with a smiling Casey DeSantis.
“Everybody knows my husband Ron DeSantis is endorsed by President Trump,” she said. “But he is also a great father. Ron likes to play with the kids.”
Then it was Ron himself who showed up, helping his daughter Madison add a block of cardboard to a structure that Trump followers believe will protect us from invasion by killers and rapists at the border. our south.
“Build the wall,” Ron said.
During the dub, Casey said, “He reads stories.” And then Ron is seen pretending to read the word by Trump The art of the deal as he sat in the rocking chair with little Mason in his lap.
“Then Mr. Trump said, ‘You’re fired,'” said Ron. “I like that part.”
Casey’s voiceover returns: “He’s teaching Madison to talk.”
Ron is seen with a placard, his fingers moving word for word as he recites Trump’s campaign spell aloud.
Still off the camera, Casey added, “People say Ron is totally Trump, but he’s so much more.”
A beaming Ron appeared beside the crib where Madison lay in a red nightgown with the same MAGA tagline.
“The big league,” said Ron. “Very good.”
Nine months before the ad aired, when DeSantis had not even officially announced his candidacy for governor, Trump endorsed him with a tweet while flying to Palm Beach on Air Force One for the holidays. Christmas.
“Congressman Ron DeSantis was a brilliant young leader, Yale and later Harvard Law, who would make the GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Country and is a true WINNER!”
DeSantis then placed a poor second in the GOP primaries. The endorsement helped put him in the lead, which he pushed further with commercials for the MAGA family and other efforts to make himself and Trump synonymous in the minds of voters. tri. He became the candidate, but Trumpism even then only went so far and he beat Democrat Andrew Gillum by just 0.4% of the vote.
After becoming governor, DeSantis went from pretending to teach MAGA to his kids to building his own brand by condemning what “awakened” libertarians were teaching kids. in state schools. He sought to solve the border problem by bringing emigrants from Texas to Florida and to the “elite” Martha’s Vineyard. He weaponized “you get fired” by removing state attorney Andrew Warren in Tampa for claiming he would not prosecute people who broke state laws related to abortion and cadaver care. sex determination of minors.
When he ran for re-election this year, DeSantis’ wife tweeted a video that’s even weirder than the MAGA family ad—and not funny at all. This goes a long way beyond Trump’s 2018 statement that DeSantis is a “warrior.” This lone-in-voice is modeled after the late broadcaster Paul Harvey and sounds like something from above out of a biblical Charton Heston movie.
“And on eighth One day, God looked down at his intended heaven and said, ‘I need a guard.’ Therefore God made a warrior… God said: I need someone who will take the arrows, stand firm in the face of relentless attacks, look her in the eye and tell her she kid will go to school… So God made a warrior.”
This also features DeSantis’ wife, along with Madison and Mason and a second daughter, Mamie, 7 months old. But there is no mention of MAGA or Trump. Only Ron and God and the voice from above said, “God said, ‘I need a family man, a man who will laugh and sigh and then answer with smiling eyes when you’re in love with me. His daughter said what she wanted to spend her life doing. Dad does.’ So God created a warrior.”
Enough people were offended when the DeSantis campaign removed the ad. But he still re-elected with 19.4% of the voteor 19% more than in 2018, before he added his own branding to Trump’s.
Meanwhile, the Trump brand has proven to be detrimental almost everywhere. At least 15 candidates he supported have lost. Two of the Senate candidates he endorsed—JD Vance in Ohio and Ted Budd in North Carolina—won, but Mehmet Oz defeated in Pennsylvania with Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Blake Masters in Arizona.
As more and more people suggested that DeSantis should be the one to lead the party in the next presidential election. Trump reacted predictably. On the Sunday before the election, he made it clear that he feared his former courtier would become a threat, saying just one sentence about “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Results at nationwide polls turned the fear into reality, and Trump decried DeSantis and claimed that he sent the FBI and federal prosecutors to secure his slim victory this year. 2018 — a claim that the Justice Department dismissed as just another lie by Trump.
Several Trump supporters posted a 2018 ad by DeSantis, seeking to mark the MAGA family man as a traitor. In fact, he’s simply turning himself into a rival brand – one that threatens to outsell Trump.