Levin Report: 5.5 Guesses For How Donald Trump Plans to “Handle” Ron DeSantis In 2024
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Is Ron DeSantis going to run for president in 2024? The Florida governor has not yet said but at this point, all signs very much point to yes. That would be generally unfortunate for the country, as a DeSantis presidency would be just as bad as a Donald Trump one in many ways, and specifically bad for Trump, as it’s very possible DeSantis could beat him, delivering the former guy’s second presidential-election loss in a row.
Trump clearly knows this, having shat several bricks following the midterms when Republicans and the conservative media alike all but dumped him for Governor Ron. He’s also had time to stew over it while hibernating in Mar-a-lago following the lackluster announcement of his 2024 candidacy. Speaking to The Water Cooler, a conservative podcast on Monday, he told host David Brody, of DeSantis, “So, you know, now I hear he might want to run against me. So we’ll handle that the way I handle things.”
Now, if you were an alien only recently dropped onto Planet Earth with zero knowledge about the 45th president, you might hear that line and think, “No biggie. He’s gonna handle it. Probably means he’s just going to outspend the other guy and make a compelling case to voters why he should be elected again.” Of course, if you’ve spent any amount of time on Earth whatsoever, you know that when Donald Trump says he’s going to “handle” something “the way I handle things,” you know that that’s absolutely a threat. And while Trump’s language—like that of a Mafia boss—is purposely vague, having observed him for many years, we have a few ideas of what he means when he says he’s going to “handle” DeSantis in 2024.
The bread and butter of Trump’s arsenal, the ex-president has already begun deploying his patented name-calling tactics against his would-be rival, dubbing him “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a campaign rally just before the midterms last November.
While we don’t know what other names the ex-president will have in store for the governor, we do know that he loves to take shots at his opponents’ heights, and would bet good money that we’ll hear a “Little Ron” before the election cycle is over. The names, as indicated by the aforementioned, also tend to be very juvenile, so “Rotten Ron” has definitely got to be in the cards.
As Ted Cruz can tell you, Donald Trump has no bottom (nor does Ted, so they make a good pair). During the 2016 election, Trump threatened via tweet to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz. Later, he shared an image featuring a side-by-side of Melania Trump and an unflattering photo of Mrs. Cruz, with the caption “No Need To ‘Spill The Beans.’ The Images Are Worth A Thousand Words.” (Senator Cruz responded: “Real men don’t try to bully women. That’s not an action of strength. That’s an action of weakness. It’s an action of fear. It’s an action of a small and petty man who is intimidated by strong women.” Then he quickly started stumping for Trump and is now one of his biggest supporters.)
Trump has already referenced Casey DeSantis, saying before the midterms, of the governor: “If he did run, I will tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign.”
Implying his opponent‘s father was involved in terrible moments in US history
Speaking of Cruz, during the same presidential campaign, Trump suggested the Texas senator‘s father was involved in the assassination of JFK. What might he come up with re: Ron’s dad? We can’t be sure but it would not at all be out of character for him to write something on Truth Social like, “Hearing Little Ron’s dad cut the brakes on JFK Jr.’s fateful flight…a sick puppy if true!”
“I invented her”
Like Regina George before him, Trump takes great pleasure in claiming that Ron DeSantis was a nobody who he single-handedly got elected as governor of Florida the first time. On Monday, in fact, he stated, “I got him elected, pure and simple.” Last November, he said the same, only that time, in the fog of anger, he also implied he committed a major crime in the process, writing on Truth Social:
I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. I was all in for Ron, and he beat [Andrew] Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win. I stopped his Election from being stolen.
To be clear, that was the former president of the United States apparently claiming that he “sent in the FBI” to ensure that DeSantis won, which many noted at the time would warrant an investigation by the people who investigate federal crimes.
If DeSantis runs, we can 100% expect more of this.
This video, on loop
Trump will obviously remind people, multiple times a day, that DeSantis shot this very cringey video demonstrating his MAGA bona fides and to be fair, the Florida governor has only himself to blame for it.
No, we don’t actually think Donald Trump is going to have Ron DeSantis killed. But, to be sure, the whole “we’ll handle that the way I handle things” is absolutely the way a Mafia boss would speak of his intent to get rid of someone.
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A Literal Shit Show: MTG and Lauren Boebert’s bathroom brawl nicely sums up the state of the GOP
Is there anything more emblematic of the state of the Republican Party in 2023 than two of its worst—and most prominent—members getting into a fight in a venue expressly designed for people to expel their bowels? We submit there is not, short of Kevin McCarthy and Co. being chauffeured to the Capitol in a literal clown car. And even then, that probably wouldn’t top the symbolism of the former.
Yes, as The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, on the first day of Congress this year, representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert, who were on very different sides of the House leadership battle, exchanged fighting words in a bathroom “just off the House floor.” According to the outlet, the congresswoman from Georgia “was in a stall and, upon coming out, confronted Boebert about taking money from McCarthy for her reelection and then turning against McCarthy when it came time to vote.” A source familiar with the fight told The Daily Beast that Greene “questioned Boebert’s loyalty to McCarthy, and after a few words were exchanged, Boebert stormed out.” Another person with knowledge of the situation said Greene asked, “You were okay taking millions of dollars from McCarthy but you refuse to vote for him for Speaker, Lauren?” At that point, according to the first source, Lauren told her colleague, “Don’t be ugly,” and then “ran out like a little schoolgirl.”
In an interview, Representative Debbie Dingell, who was reportedly present for the exchange, “seemed to acknowledge that something happened between Greene and Boebert,” according to reporters Ursula Perano and Zachary Petrizzo, but said she would not talk about it “in any way, shape, or form.” She added, “What happens in the ladies room stays in the ladies room.” Neither Boebert nor Greene responded to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
Nevertheless, it’s not at all difficult to believe that this scene went down exactly as reported, given that the two people involved have repeatedly made it clear they’re more equipped for a bottle-smashing bar brawl over who cut the bathroom line than serious policy making. There’s also the fact that, days prior, Greene basically tweeted exactly what she is alleged to have said to Boebert’s face, writing: “I’ve supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. President [Donald] Trump has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. Kevin McCarthy has supported and donated to Lauren Boebert. She just barely came through by 500 votes. She gladly takes our $$$ but…Lauren refuses to endorse President Trump, she refuses to support Kevin McCarthy, and she childishly threw me under the bus for a cheap sound bite.” (In an interview, Boebert had mocked Greene’s belief in Jewish space lasers.) And on January 3, the day of the alleged bathroom brawl, Greene went after the members of the Freedom Caucus, of which Boebert is a member, who’d indicated they would not be voting for McCarthy for Speaker.
McCarthy, of course, would go on to lose the Speaker vote a whopping 14 times before eking out a win, after making major concessions to Boebert et al.
Anyway, the most disturbing thing about all of this is the fact that both of these people have actual political power.
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