Casey DeSantis embraces Melania Trump comparison

Casey DeSantis Iowa
'If I'm in the same sentence with Melania, that's a win for me.'

Florida’s First Lady is happy to be compared to the most recent former American First Lady.

That’s the takeaway from Casey DeSantis’ comments Saturday in Iowa.

“They call you, like, Walmart Melania, which, by the way, if I’m in the same sentence with Melania, that’s a win for me,” she said, referring to Melania Trump.

The First Lady noted that she does “shop at Walmart because you know how quickly our kids grow out of clothes when they’re six, five and three,” saying she does, in fact, “go there and shop all the time.”

Casey DeSantis made the comments in Keosauqua, Iowa, Saturday, at a tour stop sponsored by the Ron DeSantis-aligned Never Back Down super PAC.

However, they aren’t the first time the First Lady addressed the comparison, which also came up — unprompted — during an August appearance on the Ruthless Podcast.

“They refer to me as the ‘Walmart Melania.’ And so I just had a beer. I can’t imagine what the media is going to say now as a result of all of this,” the First Lady quipped.

Using humor to undermine the insult was a new approach from DeSantis, who previously addressed the “Walmart Melania” and “America’s Karen” epithets more soberly.

“One thing that the corporate media did get right about me: I do shop at Walmart,” DeSantis said on the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”

“I think it’s interesting, and you probably can sympathize with this when they come after you, and they’re just calling you names. That means they don’t want to litigate the merits of their case. They don’t want to have that conversation. They want to call you names. They want to try to get you to back down. But I can tell you the No. 1 thing — we will not back down when it comes to our family,” the First Lady added.

The Governor had previously offered commentary on the “America’s Karen” insult.

“It shows my wife is an incredibly strong First Lady of Florida, a fantastic mother and a great wife and that threatens the left. So she and I kind of shrug it off because we know it just shows they view her as a threat because the message that she was bringing in Iowa about the rights of parents and how we are not going to take this anymore with the left trying to indoctrinate our kids,” Ron DeSantis said during a Fox Business interview.

“They understand that that resonates not just with Republican parents, with independent parents and, yes, with Democrat parents. And so I think that they’re very worried about her effectiveness.”

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


  • Desantis is well just unlikable

    October 7, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    Obviously, she’s butt hurt or she wouldn’t even even talked about it anymore. They actually were referring to her as being trash or trashy. But if she thinks that’s a compliment, I guess she just doesn’t have very high standards. I mean obviously she doesn’t because she married ron

  • PeterH

    October 7, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    Wishful thinking is far from reality Casey!

  • Margaret Chrisawn

    October 7, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    Nothing Tacky-O ever says is humorous, despite her disclaimers. And saying she’s happy to be in the same sentence with Melanoma shows either she doesn’t know, or thinks we don’t know, exactly what most of this country has called Melanoma based on her previous “jobs.”

    It is true, however, that Tacky-O is far more the Serena Joy model than the soft porn queen.

  • Rick Whitaker

    October 7, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    does casy desantis have a coat with ” i don’t care” scribbled onthe back like melania wore when the children were being torn away from their parents?

  • Michael K

    October 8, 2023 at 9:31 am

    I don’t care. Do you?

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 8, 2023 at 9:41 am

      the maga cult ruminations about which ahole is a bigger ahole, no i don’t care

  • Lindsay Harper

    October 8, 2023 at 10:10 am

    More like the new Anita Bryant!

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 8, 2023 at 10:39 am

      don’t forget nancy raygun

      • My Take

        October 8, 2023 at 5:59 pm

        You would NOT believe what she was known as the best of in Hollywood pre-Ronnie.

    • My Take

      October 8, 2023 at 11:53 am

      I believe from the intellectiually stimulating world of TV golf.

  • Tom

    October 8, 2023 at 11:12 am

    The desanti seem to be getting increasingly desperate to generate clicks by making erroneous statements that nobody else cares about. To their credit, they stopped saying ‘woke’ but it’s still a pretty sad spectacle.

  • ewe

    October 8, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Let’s not even bring up the hypocrisy of how much child care assistance and housekeeping staff through tax dollars are spent on her and her children so we can keep calling her Walmart Melania shall we? This is BS mind numbing dumbing down of people with Casey deSantas playing the lead role of empty headed brunette BARBIE. SHAME! Shame on her. Shame on the author of this article snd Shane on everyone. She should never be allowed to stand up and get away with barking away about this shallow crap.

      • Ewe

        October 8, 2023 at 4:02 pm

        Get real. Wake up snd grow up. Tax dollars fund the state of Florida. Have you ever heard of property taxes to start? You are beyond reach!

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 8, 2023 at 5:18 pm

          desantistan needs a state income tax to pay for all the lavish perks and homeschooling breaks the special interest’ receive. before you explode, be mindful that states that have an income tax set the rate on a scale where you pay nothing unless you make a huge yearly income. so working class people don’t have to pay and the rich pay for their perks, fancy boulevards, homeschooling ,private school subsides,, etc.

        • My Take

          October 8, 2023 at 6:00 pm

          And sales tax.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 8, 2023 at 4:00 pm

      anyone married to ron desantis is an enemy of mine and my friends and family. we ALL hate desantis and everything he does and says. how do the jewish population of florida put up with a white christian nazi like desantis and trump?

  • MH/Duuuval

    October 8, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    I get the impression that Don and Melania are separated. But, then, who could stand being around Don all the day long? Or, Ron, either.

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