Former President Donald Trump’s early entry into the 2024 presidential race was no accident whatsoever…it was a warning.
Trump, as well as a number or Republican political strategists, saw the former Commander in Chief’s timing as an attempt to freeze out any potential usurpers who may still be waiting in the wings.
But now, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seemingly on the brink of throwing his hat in the ring, Trump is going on the offensive.
Former President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday, seizing on a story that his rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination partied with underage students when he worked as a teacher at a Georgia high school.
In five successive posts Tuesday to his social media site, Truth Social, Trump went after DeSantis. Two of them referenced a story published by the far-right website Hillreporter.com that claimed DeSantis had been photographed “partying with underaged students” at the Darlington School, a private K-12 school in Rome, Ga., where DeSantis taught from 2001-02.
Trump reposted a photograph originally posted by a Truth Social member who goes by the handle Dong-Chan Lee, and who uses a profile photo of the alt-right meme Pepe the Frog, featuring Trump’s signature hairdo. The image showed what appeared to be DeSantis flanked by three young women that had been captioned, “Here is Ron DeSanctimonious grooming high school girls with alcohol as a teacher.”
The former President was laying it on pretty thick.
Trump, who so far is the only Republican to have formally declared himself a candidate for the 2024 presidential election, added his own commentary to go with the photo. “That’s not Ron, is it?” Trump wrote. “He would never do such a thing!”
In another repost, Trump added more sarcastic commentary, writing “No way?” when highlighting further commentary from the same Truth Social user who posted the photo of DeSantis.
Weeks ago, Trump had threatened to reveal some “unflattering” information about DeSantis should he decide to run for President. There is no telling if these posts are related to that threat.