Donald Trump falsely accuses Ron DeSantis of hugging and kissing Barack Obama

Trump DeSantis
'Who hugged and kissed Obama harder? DeSanctus or Chris Christie?'

Amid Ron DeSantis’ sagging polls and campaign shakeup, former President Donald Trump piled more opprobrium on the Florida Governor in New Hampshire. But the most interesting comments had nothing to do with that, but instead featured a seemingly misremembered anecdote.

Trump seemingly conflated DeSantis and Chris Christie, when Trump was retelling the story of DeSantis asking for his endorsement in 2018.

“I actually told him if I were Abraham Lincoln, if we brought him back from the dead and if we brought George Washington back from the dead and they gave you the greatest endorsement and they hugged you and kissed you just like you did to Barack Obama just like, you know, he did and Christie did who hugged and kissed Obama harder? DeSanctus or Chris Christie?”

DeSantis never hugged Obama; however, Christie did hug the former President when Obama came to New Jersey in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“Time to go back to Florida and work on your insurance that’s costing everyone a fortune,” Trump said, after spotlighting a New Hampshire poll that finds DeSantis at 9%.

The former President said that DeSantis should have waited, though he added that it might now have mattered.

“He’s crashing. He’s like, he doesn’t know what happened. He goes home and he says, ‘What happened? What did I do wrong?’ You know what he did wrong. He ran. What he did wrong is he should have waited till ’28. But I don’t know if that would have held water because eventually they would have figured out, you know, you do need some personality if you’re going to be a politician.”

Trump also said he would have endorsed Adam Putnam under different circumstances.

“They never called me. I didn’t know Adam, but he was the Secretary of Agriculture. He should have called me. I would have endorsed him. Sometimes it’s the first one to call. Sometimes you don’t do it at all. But he did,” Trump said, before discussing getting DeSantis “through Andrew Gillum.”

“He turned out to be a pothead, a crackhead,” Trump said of Gillum, without evidence of those claims. “But everybody thought he was the hottest one in politics. And Ron said, ‘I won’t be able to beat him.’ I said, well, he’s the hottest man in politics. I said, ‘You can beat him.'”

Beyond those anecdotes and a lot of talk about “incredible numbers” in the polls, Trump focused his attacks on Joe Biden and had little to say about the rest of the field.

Ahead of the Trump speech, Make America Great Again spokesperson Karoline Leavitt gloated about DeSantis’ declining fortunes.

“Ron DeSantis has already delivered a political hat trick today and it’s only lunch time. The only problem? All three goals were scored on himself,” Leavitt contended.

“His New Hampshire campaign free fall has left him tied with Chris Christie in single digits, he fired his Campaign Manager after singing her praises at a recent event, and the FEC sent a notice to the DeSantis campaign that it improperly designated $2.6 million of donations as Primary funds.”

Leavitt added “that DeSantis actually started the quarter with $6.4 million to spend on the Primary instead of $9 million. DeSantis is broke. How many more Gulfstream flights can he afford?”

Others in the Trump orbit share Leavitt’s sentiments, particularly with regard to the firing of Campaign Manager Generra Peck. One source said it would take more than “moving around the deck chairs,” drawing a clear comparison between the DeSantis campaign and the Titanic.

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


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  • Dont Say FLA

    August 8, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Oldf art Trump is definitely lying again oops I mean misremembering.

    Ron DeSantis only involvement with Superstorm Sandy was that of the US House Rep from Florida’s 6th district who voted against federal relief for hurricane victims.

    Again, that’s Ron DeSantis, the guy who voted against federal relief for hurricane victims.

    I suppose he didn’t want to deplete the relief money pool just in case his praying away Florida’s hurricanes did not work.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Real Campaign Manager" American

    August 8, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Thats it America,
    Trumps too old like Biden. I, Earl Pitts American, knew Trumps dementia would blossem prior to the election and send our Great Nation clammering to vote for Desantis….told Y’all so.

    • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

      August 9, 2023 at 1:09 pm

      Hang yourself.

    • Silly Wabbit

      August 9, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      You kwazy.

  • Joe

    August 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Meanwhile, just 2 months ago, the DeSaster campaign posted AI pictures of Trump hugging Fauci. The self-hating closeted homophobia is just dripping off these phony tough guys.

  • Tom

    August 9, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Rhonda wanders around with his kids/political props carping on about trump and biden’s age so trump plays the crazy old grandfather at Thanksgiving and starts saying stupid crap which will, I’ll bet, stick in the mind of his supporters who now probably think it’s true. I can’t stand the guy but a rube from Jacksonville is no match for a boy from Queens. It’s going to take someone a bit more scrappy like Chris Christie to bring trump down. Meanwhile, trump is selling tee shirts with rhonda hugging obama for $40 each.

  • Living the Dream

    August 9, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    Rhonda wishes he was living the dream, but Rhonda can only dream of smoochies and snuggles with Barack Obama.

    And Trump, I suppose, dreams of watching them two doing smoochies and snuggles.

    What a couple of freaks, but no surprise. That’s today’s GOP. Not your grandfather’s GOP, or wait, yeah, yeah it is your grandfather’s GOP. They always been like this for as long as anybody alive today been alive.

    The GOP say they’re the party of Lincoln but if Lincoln was alive today, he wouldn’t be no GOP. John Wilkes Booth would be in today’s GOP.

  • Tjb

    August 9, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    DeSantis would never hug a person of color. He knows that he would lose too many votes if he did.

  • M. Mouse

    August 9, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    It’s a battle of the rats! Gnashing and gnawing and kicking and clawing! As Cagney would say, You dirty rats, you!

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