‘His business failed’: Roger Stone compares Ron DeSantis to unsuccessful dog food salesman

Stone DeSantis
‘When asked why his business failed he said, "well, the (dogs) didn’t like the sh*t."'

Convicted GOP operative Roger Stone is throwing more shade at Gov. Ron DeSantis and his chances of securing the Republican nomination next year, this time likening the presidential hopeful to an unsuccessful dog food salesman.

According to him, DeSantis is sinking in national polls because like the proverbial pooch chow merchant, his product — in the Governor’s case, his personality and people skills — is unpalatable.

“I am reminded of the story of the guy in the dog-food business who went broke because he couldn’t get (any) orders,” Stone wrote on X, the social media platform formerly called Twitter. “When asked why his business failed he said, ‘well, the (dogs) didn’t like the sh*t.’”

Stone, who was pardoned and had his three-year prison sentence for obstruction and witness tampering commuted by Donald Trump, has had little nice to say about DeSantis even before the Governor began running against the former President this year.

Since then, he’s only grown more vocal in his vitriol, calling DeSantis a “cold fish who doesn’t like people” and asserting that he would be “working in a Dairy Queen” if not for Trump, who endorsed him for Governor in 2018 and last year.

He’s also taken a shot at Florida’s First Lady, Casey DeSantis, whom he likened to the scheming and manipulative Shakespeare villain, Lady Macbeth.

Stone made the dog food salesman comment Thursday while sharing a news report about DeSantis’ unpleasant dealings with many Republicans in Washington and Florida who had little nice to say about the Governor’s awkward and unpleasant nature.

Among the Governor’s harshest detractors was Sarasota Sen. Joe Gruters, who served as Chair of the Florida GOP for four years under DeSantis. He told The Washington Post he “fully expected the downfall of (DeSantis’) campaign a long time ago.”

“The more he is met by people, the more they are not going to like him,” he said. “The more he’s out there, the more his numbers go down. It’s not a good long-term scenario for him.”

Gruters, who endorsed Trump in April, voted alongside Democrats later that month against a DeSantis-backed bill undermining Disney’s land-use powers over its Central Florida properties.

The entertainment and theme park conglomerate became a target of the Governor after its former CEO, Bob Chapek, criticized a state measure DeSantis championed restricting LGBTQ inclusivity in public schools.

In June, DeSantis vetoed close to $30 million in state funding the Florida Legislature approved for Sarasota. Gruters chalked it up to political vindictiveness.


Editor’s note: This report was updated to include that Stone received a pardon from Trump.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • My Take

    August 17, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    A recurring theme:
    To know him is to dislike him.
    I wonder what is wrong with him?

    • James P Zambroski

      August 17, 2023 at 2:11 pm

      Nobody liked Napoleon either.

      • My Take

        August 17, 2023 at 3:06 pm

        Shorty syndrome?

    • eva

      August 17, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      I’ve got my first check for a total of 13,000 USD. I am so energized, this is whenever I first really acquired something. I will work much harder now and I can hardly hang bs40 tight for the following week’s installment. I highly recommend everyone
      To Apply……………………………………………………………….. sprl.in/YBl47V0

    • Ron

      August 18, 2023 at 7:07 am

      Hes fighting with the mouse. Disney brings in billions of dollars in taxes. That tells me all I need to know hes anti-business.

      • W

        August 23, 2023 at 1:50 pm

        Did you mean Mickey rat

  • Dog Food Guy

    August 17, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    The dog food business failed because Elon Musk bought it.

  • PeterH

    August 17, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Trump and DeSantis should do America a huge favor and drop out of the presidential race. It would give true patriots like Chris Christie and Tim Scott to rise to the top of the Republican cesspool of despair.

  • Tropical

    August 17, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Being insulted by Stone?
    Isn’t that a good thing?
    I mean, who would want to be endorsed by this sawed-off clown?

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 18, 2023 at 5:29 am

    If anyone knows shit it is Stone!

  • My Take

    August 18, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    DeSSlimetis’ main cònnection to dog food is being a lame horse once thought to have potential.

  • W

    August 23, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Roger stone for president
    Better than the group of circus clowns running

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