Nikki Haley video mocks Ron DeSantis as Donald Trump ‘echo’

Haley Choice Echo
Ron DeSantis isn't getting credit for originality in this new video.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is welcoming Gov. Ron DeSantis to the 2024 presidential race with an ad arguing the Florida Governor is not ready for the big time.

Haley’s campaign launched “A Choice, not an Echo.” The two-minute-plus video borrows a phrasing from Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign kickoff speech in making the point that DeSantis has often been a tribute act to Donald Trump.

“Whatever I want, he wants,” Trump says in the introduction. Footage of the former President saying “you’re fired” in the style of his character on The Apprentice then gives way to footage of DeSantis reading to his child from “The Art of the Deal” in a 2018 Trump-tribute campaign ad he has since said was “satirical.”

The ad revisits DeSantis’ framing of the Ukraine war as a “territorial dispute,” a rhetorical blunder the Governor is still explaining away, before offering side-by-side shots of DeSantis appropriating Trump’s hand motions, which eventually fade out into a graphic that proclaims, “America deserves a choice, not an echo.”

That choice, of course, is Haley.

The spot uses footage from her campaign launch, in which she bemoans the growth of the national debt and vows to “stand with our allies, from Israel to Ukraine,” offering a direct counterpoint to the muddled musings of Florida’s Governor.

Haley clearly sees her road to the White House as running through DeSantis, and has made statements in the past that the Florida Governor is little more than an imitation of the former President.

“President Trump is right when he says Gov. DeSantis is copying him — first in his style, then on entitlement reform and now on Ukraine. … Republicans deserve a choice, not an echo.”

See the new Haley spot below.

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


  • Mockey Mouse

    May 24, 2023 at 8:51 am

    When asked what Ron DeSantis’ favorite places were, they replied “The esteemed chambers of State of Florida, you know, the echo chamber and the gas chamber.”

    • Qanon from The Villages

      May 24, 2023 at 9:01 am

      I don’t think we’ve finished with Joel Greenberg’s Matt Geatz situation and there’s no way Casey’s top Oberguppenkommandant Ronni DeS skates on that.

  • Ed Dot Com 👍

    May 24, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Send China to the ash bin of history? I’m pretty sure this isn’t the rhetoric we need coming from anyone who can’t see that China has nuclear weapons and might just turn the USA into an ash heap if we keep threatening them. Try to be friends with everyone and don’t use everyone and everything in sight for your own political advancement. These Republicans are gonna get us all killed.

    • They already are

      May 24, 2023 at 9:24 am

      These Republicans already are getting us all killed. You can hardly go out in public without getting shot anymore, and that’s 100% thanks to the GOP’s “trickle down gun safety” nonsense

  • David in Shoreline

    May 24, 2023 at 10:09 am

    DeSantis is an echo of Trump? Laughable. DeSantis openly defied Trump on Covid, would have fired Fauci in a second, and managed to score an overwhelming red victory in Florida, a state that Trump just barely won.

    Haley on the other hand launched her campaign with a singular goal – to be Trump’s VP. She’s a suck-up of the tenth degree and frankly nobody gives a damn about her two minute campaign video.

    • Casey is impressed

      May 24, 2023 at 10:52 am

      Casey DeSantis is very impressed with Haley’s 2 minute performance. That is four times as long as Ron performs. bzzz bzzz bzzz

  • Stand on your box

    May 24, 2023 at 10:51 am

    If we are going to mock Ron DeSantis, let’s mock him for the box he takes everywhere in case of photos in which he might be pictured alongside humans. There’s a reason Ron loves Chick-a-fil! His belt line always appears next to people’s chests in photos and it isn’t because of any super long legs. It’s his box he’s standing on. He never leaves home without it. His box. His precious box.

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