In latest low blow, Donald Trump amplifies attack labeling Ron DeSantis a ‘groomer’

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'That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!'

Ron DeSantis continues to be attacked by former President Donald Trump as indications increase the two are on a collision course next year.

Trump took to his personal social media platform, Truth Social, to sling fresh mud at the Florida Governor, including accusations DeSantis was engaging in “grooming” behavior.

Trump began the barrage by “re-truthing” a post incorporating a tweet from 2018 urging the election to be “called” in favor of DeSantis and Rick Scott, each of whom were in close elections that November. In another re-truth, the former President answered a rhetorical question about the then-Congressman voting against the “border wall” in 2018.

“Wow, if I knew that I wouldn’t have Endorsed him (and he would have had to quit the race, down 35 points!),” Trump contended, alluding to stories told frequently about how DeSantis begged him for his endorsement, apparently with “tears coming down from his eyes,” and said that he would have quit the race for Governor without it.

That material is well-rehearsed, as followers of this one-sided flame war know. But on Tuesday, the former President opened up a new and sordid line of attack, focusing on a photograph dating back to the Governor’s short-lived career as a teacher at a college preparatory academy, where he reportedly fraternized with students.

The former President re-truthed a poster commenting on a picture of DeSantis and former students.

“Ron DeSantis was having a ‘drink’ party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling with them certainly look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque,” went the description.

Trump responded, “No way?”

Then, a second re-truth on a post with text on the image stating, “Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher.”

“That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!” Trump responded sarcastically.

The timing seems more than coincidental, amid news that allies of DeSantis are forming a super PAC ahead of an expected run for the White House beginning later this year.

Trump had taken nearly a week off from attacks on DeSantis, with the last barrage being at the beginning of February, when he took to his Truth Social account to whack DeSantis as a “globalist” and a “RINO” (Republican in name only).

“Thank you. The real Ron is a RINO GLOBALIST, who closed quickly down Florida and even its beaches. Loved the Vaccines and wasted big money on ‘Testing.’ How quickly people forget!”

Trump also “re-truthed,” similar to re-tweeting on Twitter, various supportive messages, such as “President Trump will destroy DeSantis in the primary,” “people need to do there (sic) research, DeSantis is fake and a globalist,” and reminders that the then-Congressman voted for resolutions that would raise the retirement age to 70.

“You need to go back and look at his history. You will change tour (sic) mind. He is a RINO. Paid opposition to keep Trump from saving America. A vote for DeSantis is a vote for the establishment,” read a missive from one Trump supporter that the former President boosted.

Trump also offered a retort to DeSantis’ assertions the voters of Florida had offered a “verdict” by re-electing him in 2022 by massive margins.

“Remember, I was 233-20 in the Midterms, and got 1.2 Million Votes MORE than Ron DeSanctimonious in the Great State of Florida. Also, 12 Million MORE Votes in 2020 than in 2016, and Won!”

Prior to that, Trump posted a video of then-Congressman DeSantis citing former House Speaker Paul Ryan as a model, continuing a stream of invective on the so-called “globalist” Governor.

DeSantis has not offered similarly pitched attacks, attempting to remain above the fray when compelled to respond to Trump’s goading, such as during a recent press conference in Southwest Florida when the Governor avoided attacking Trump by name.

“What I would just say is this: I roll out of bed, I have people attacking me from all angles, it’s been happening for many, many years,” DeSantis said.

“If you take a crisis situation like COVID, the good thing is that if you’re an elected executive, you have to make all kinds of decisions. You’ve got to steer that ship. And the good thing is, the people are able to render a judgment on that, whether they re-elect you or not.”

That’s about as heated as DeSantis’ references have gotten. In fact, the Governor seemed to curry Trump’s favor at a roundtable about “defamation” earlier Tuesday, in which he offered yet another condemnation of the “Russia collusion hoax” Trump was accused of. DeSantis had spent his last two years in Congress defending Trump against those allegations, which the former President said helped guide him to endorsing DeSantis against Adam Putnam.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Donald J Trump

    February 7, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    He better not even think about running against me. I’ll defame, degrade, humiliate, and dehumanize DeSantis. I’ll pull out all the stops. He begged me for an endorsement and shined my shoes with his tears afterwards. I’ll spill all his dirty laundry out and cut him down even lower than Charlie Crist did.

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  • ScienceBLVR

    February 7, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    Whoa, Nelly… Trump/DeSantis, “Rumble in the Jungle”.
    Anyone else think this will be exquisitely fun to watch?

  • Repulicans - the Party of Pedos

    February 7, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    Republicans are a party of pedophiles. Nobody should be surprised by this.

    Most Republican voters straight up support pedophilia too, and will prove it by continuing to support pedos like DeSantis and Gaetz. They even want records of the menstrual cycles of high school girls because they can’t stop thinking about underage girls and their private parts.

    • Madeline Drake

      February 8, 2023 at 3:02 pm

      When you state that Republicans are the party of pedofiles you express your stupidity and evil nature. Remember Clinton, a favorite Democrat President, rode on Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane (according to the official log) to his pedofile Island. Trump never did, nor did Desantis or any Republican politician.

      • Octopus

        February 8, 2023 at 5:29 pm

        You’re conveniently leaving out the fact that Trump was also in Epstein’s little black book (along with Ivana, Melania, and Ivanka) and took flights on the Lolita Express. No quarter for pedophiles, Republican or Democrat. There’s sick people on both sides, but the number of Democrats doesn’t hold a candle to Republicans.

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  • kkseattle

    February 8, 2023 at 1:01 am

    Perhaps the author should explain why this is a “low blow.”

    DeSantis groomed high school students by illegally boozing it up with them.

    Trump merely pointed this out.

    Does Governor Groomer have anything to say?

    • Wardell

      February 8, 2023 at 6:56 am

      There’s no proof of that. But it is interesting that a fat old man who called one of his daughters hot and said he would date her would dare to accuse anyone of grooming.

      • cassandra

        February 9, 2023 at 6:40 pm

        There is plenty of proof that creepy pervert deTINY deDICKtator behaved inappropriately both inside and outside the classroom when he was a teacher for one year at Darlington School. Photo and witness and victim statements.

        Former students revealed: deDick partying with underage children drinking alcohol, cruel jokes on students, teaching his own personal religious *opinions* despite students’ beliefs, inaccurate history lessons, racism, and more–look it up!

        deDick was in a position of trust– educating children! Was his behavior the reason he only taught at Darlington for one year? Is this what is behind the fact that every time deDICK talks about sex–he *ALWAYS* starts talking about children? What do you think about that, Ward?? Is this what’s behind Creepy’s grooming obsession?

  • Yrral

    February 8, 2023 at 3:59 am

    Desantis wanting to know about girls period,do not help his cause

    • Octopus

      February 8, 2023 at 1:34 pm

      The article doesn’t claim Trump said that though. He just “Re-Truthed” it lol.

  • Ocean Joe

    February 8, 2023 at 5:42 am

    Typical Trump-speak, and ironic that the other guy trying to reshape our schools probably shouldn’t be allowed around students. Extra creepy sewerfest, even for these two.

  • Tom

    February 8, 2023 at 8:07 am

    When I see words like ‘ephebophiliaesque’, I’m pretty sure someone else wrote this. God knows trump can’t speak/write/spell anything in english.

  • toharrison

    February 8, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Trump/Epstein 2024

  • Lex

    February 8, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    If there is any dirty laundry better to see it in a primary. I want to know the things that could come out in the general election before we vote in a primary.

    I am very concerned this will become inane. Both of them would make good Presidents. Trump is not a role model though. If Trump would act more adult (learn a lesson), he might win, but I fear for Trump’s sake that trying to win this primary like he did the previous will not go over the same way. Average Republicans would like to see him be a little more dignified.

    • Linda

      February 9, 2023 at 12:46 pm

      I want to know facts. Did DeSantis vote against the border wall??? I am just so surprised by that. And I am stunned from the way people talk …that they appear to approve of what’s happening now in our nation by how its being run.

  • Vman

    February 8, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    Wow, so the party who is sooo aghast at CRT being taught and the breakdown of the moral fabric of our country through wokeness’s 2 leading candidates are a guy who cheated on his wife with a porn star and then paid her off and a guy who partied with drunk high school girls while he was their teacher….Even Hollywood couldn’t write this script. Spare me the “family values” rage BS.

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