(Ken Silva, Headline USA) In a Tuesday post on Truth Social, former President Donald Trump suggested that up-and-coming political rival and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a groomer—furthering the growing divide within the GOP.
Donald Trump goes at Desantis again on truth social. He’s basically calling Desantis a groomer. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/k1v0uq2Zo2
— CCG BRYSON (@RealBrysonGray) February 7, 2023
Trump’s account reposted a meme featuring what appears to be a young DeSantis with several young ladies drinking beer. The meme says, “Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher.”
“That’s not Ron, is it?” Trump commented. “He would never do such a thing!”
Trump has stepped up his attacks against DeSantis in recent weeks, even though the Florida governor has yet to respond or formally announce his bid for President.
“Ron DeSanctimonious, who I made Governor in BOTH the Primary & the General, is also a Globalist, & so are his donors,” Trump said on Jan. 30, later adding on the same day that “the revelations about Ron DeSanctimonious doing FAR WORSE than many other Republican governors, including that he unapologetically shut down Florida and its beaches, was interesting, indeed … DJT leading BIG!!!!”
This latest attack referring to DeSantis as a groomer—someone who builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them—sparked a strong reaction on social media among supporters and detractors alike.
Conservative pundit Mike Cernovich speculated that Trump’s salacious attack was an attempt to illicit a reaction from DeSantis, who has yet to respond to his barbs.
Trump is trying to use some far left wing and fake MeToo tactics against DeSantis. We are reaching “Dear Stan” territory here with Trump. Next time someone has one of those disgusting blue cheese dressing salads at Mar-a-Lago, check in on the old man. Getting worried about him.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 7, 2023
Pedro Gonzales, a writer for conservative cultural magazine Chronicles, clapped back at Trump by pointing to his previous connections with deceased billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Trump, who was friends with Jeff Epstein, suggests DeSantis is a groomer.
He will lose to Biden at this rate. His campaign is fundamentally unserious and based on his insecurities.
Trump’s isn’t driving the movement—he’s just constantly reacting to and whining about DeSantis. pic.twitter.com/2FvZsS0198
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) February 7, 2023
Gonzales clarified that he doesn’t think Trump is a groomer, either—but said he was pointing out how stupid Trump’s campaign is.
“It is the definition of unserious, throwing rocks in a glass house stupid, not just in terms of policies but personalities,” he said.
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.