Controversial ‘Pride Month’ video highlighted by Ron DeSantis campaign disappears

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DeSantis called Trump a 'pioneer in injecting gender ideology into the mainstream,' defending the now-removed footage.

A video spotlighted by the DeSantis War Room Twitter account that painted Donald Trump as accommodating on LGBTQ+ issues has been quietly deleted.

However, the Tweet highlighting the video is still up as of this writing Saturday morning.

The deletion, first noticed by Axios reporter Alex Thompson, caps off days of blowback against Ron DeSantis which included the Governor defending the video as “fair game” and saying that Trump was a “pioneer” in allowing transgender women to participate in beauty pageants that Trump put on.

“Yeah look, I think identifying Donald Trump as really being a pioneer in injecting gender ideology into the mainstream, where he was having men compete against women in his beauty pageants, I think that’s totally fair game,” DeSantis said on an episode of Tomi Lahren is Fearless on Outkick.

The Florida Governor and 2024 presidential candidate contends that Trump changed his position on the inclusion of transgender people into public life.

“He’s now campaigning, saying the opposite, that he doesn’t think that you should have men competing in women’s things like athletics,” he continued.

The video shared by the DeSantis War Room Twitter account included various edgelord-style memes and motifs, including favorable representations of Christian Bale performing as the serial killer Patrick Bateman in the film “American Psycho” and Brad Pitt playing Achilles in “Troy.” The spot also uses the Giga Chad meme, black-and-white photos of muscular bodybuilders, popular among right-wing social media influencers.

Meanwhile, at least one group of artists whose images were appropriated by the ad objected.

The “Peaky Blinders” crew issued a statement repudiating the ad’s unauthorized usage of the Tommy Shelby character, saying they “do not support nor endorse the video’s narrative and strongly disapprove of the use of the content in this manner.”

The video was condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike while it was up.

“I’m going to leave aside the strangeness of trying to prove your manhood by putting up a video that splices images of you in between oiled-up shirtless bodybuilders,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told CNN’s State of the Union.

“I used to think he was a great governor,” Rep. George Santos told The Hill. “Now, I’m starting to think differently.”

“DeSantis has hit a new low. But he’s so desperate he’ll do anything to get ahead – that’s been the theme of his campaign. You can’t win a general, let alone 2028 by going after people that are integral parts of the conservative movement,” remarked Caitlyn Jenner.

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  • PeterH

    July 8, 2023 at 10:27 am

    The damage has been done! Making a video disappear doesn’t change the endless legislation of hate and division DeSantis has first promoted then signed into law in Florida!

    There is absolutely no campaign “reset” button for DeSantis to push. He owns his Florida messaging of hate.

    • Ocean Joe

      July 8, 2023 at 10:34 am

      The campaign reset will occur if Trump is hauled to jail for his Jan 6 antics. So far Proud Boys and 3%ers and other “Jews will not replace us” type kooks have borne the brunt of his treasonous behavior.
      Desantis is holding onto second place in strong fashion and will become the first second choice of the Trumpers, unless it’s the guy from The Green Mile out of South Carolina.

      • PeterH

        July 8, 2023 at 12:57 pm

        I somewhat agree with your scenario but DeSantis will never appeal to the vast majority of Trumpsters who are antigovernment! Neither Trump nor DeSantis will be president. Additionally independent voters will sour on the idea of a Trump pardon ….. something that DeSantis has promised.

      • Dont Say FLA

        July 8, 2023 at 7:41 pm

        Trump will declare that prison is a hoax and all his voters should vote for him despite the MSM lies about him going to prison.

      • JB

        July 8, 2023 at 7:44 pm

        “Desantis is holding onto second place in strong fashion and will become the first second choice of the Trumpers”

        I’m not sure that’s even the case now. Rhonda’s numbers are going down faster than Sen. Aunt Fancy (R-SC) in a bathhouse.

        This Vivek guy seems to be on the rise.

      • Rob Desantos

        July 10, 2023 at 12:59 pm

        None of Trump’s cases will even be resolved before the GQP primaries, so your point is moot.

    • ali

      July 10, 2023 at 12:22 pm

      I AGREE!! He is destroying our state. He has made it worst than better. WE WANT GAYS in our community. They are happy people. They bring revenue and they do not cause trouble.

  • JB

    July 8, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Comparing yourself to Patrick Bateman was brilliant, Rhonda. Keep it up!

    This jackass is doing more damage to himself than Trump could ever dream of doing.

  • University of North Florida

    July 8, 2023 at 11:28 am

    His boyfriend is going to be furious

    • ali

      July 10, 2023 at 12:20 pm

      YOU SEE IT TOOOOOOO…. lol. See my comment below.

  • M. Mouse

    July 8, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    He just keeps getting smaller and smaller.

  • Dave Henderson

    July 8, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    Well, look who backed down!

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  • Eduardine Slaveen Salahuddin 👍

    July 8, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    The GOP is an anti-democratic hate group full of religious whackos and crooks

  • My Take

    July 9, 2023 at 12:37 am

    Has Florida ever had a truly despicable governor before? A number of southern states have, mostly early or late in the Jim Crow era. “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman in SC would be an example. Or the lesser haters, at least not murderous. Such as George Wallace.
    I can’t offhand think of a notorious governor hatemonger in Florida. Until DirtSSantis.
    Other offices, sure.

  • ali

    July 10, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    I truly believe, being someone who studies the mind, that Ron Desantis is fighting off those Gay feelings and that is why he is showing so much hate towards the gay community. He wants to come out, but he is scared. Listen to the video…. Listen to him saying he is a man and all that he is trying to do to fight off the demons that roam his brain. Thinking the more he fights them off, maybe the feeling of him coming out will go away.

    • My Take

      July 11, 2023 at 5:44 am

      I don’t think his urge to come out is the urge he is most afraid of.

      • Dont Say FLA

        July 17, 2023 at 4:46 pm

        Agreed. Rhonda smells of “groomer.”

    • Eldon Tyrell

      July 18, 2023 at 1:06 pm

      Please see the South Park episode on Scientology … “It’s OK to come out of the closet [Ron]!!!

  • Rob Desantos

    July 10, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Craven and cowardly, as per usual for the tiny GQP gov.

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