The propaganda piece claims that during his tenure as a high school teacher in Georgia, DeSantis “was photographed partying with underaged students.”
“The photo shows a person purported to be DeSantis, in a group embrace with several young girls, one of whom is holding what appears to be a glass beer bottle,” the piece reads.
“The source who provided the photo says that it was taken prior to graduation — meaning the young girls would still have been DeSantis’ responsibility at the time. It is not clear whether any of them were legal adults, though they would have been too young to purchase alcohol,” it continues.
Note that this is all hearsay and there’s no concrete evidence that the girls pictured in the photo were under 18, let alone DeSantis’ students.
Nevertheless, early Tuesday morning one of Trump’s supporters posted the propaganda piece to the former president’s own social media platform, Truth Social.
“Ron DeSantis was having a ‘drink’ party with his students when he was a high school teacher. Having drinks with underage girls and cuddling with them certainly look pretty gross and ephebophiliaesque,” the supporter wrote as a caption.
But instead of ignoring this brazen propaganda, it appears Trump fell for it hook, line, and sinker, as he then reshared it to his own feed:
“No way?” he added as a caption.
The former president’s decision to humor this left-wing-manufactured propaganda elicited massive backlash, including from many former Trump voters.
“BREAKING: Trump not-so-subtly accuses DeSantis of being a child predator. Absolutely beyond the pale. This is gutter trash behavior—Republican voters need to send Donald Trump to the ash heap of history once and for all,” one popular conservative Twitter user wrote.
“Trump is implying that DeSantis is a child predator which is just beyond gross and false. Just shows how desperate he is,” another added.
See more brutal responses below:
This is the stuff that people don’t like about Trump. They liked his policies not his personality. And apparently he hasn’t learned that lesson. DeSantis 2024
If any conservative is going to vote for Trump while he is using Democrats smear tactics, shame on you. You as well have TDS. This isn’t what this country needs. We need sanity back in politics. DeSantis has my vote.
Trump needs to clean up his act and stop the childish banter. It worked on easy targets like Clinton and Biden. But DeSantis is a formidable contender and all DeSantis has to do is run an adult and professional campaign to beat Trump.
It’s okay. He is just pushing folks away from him and toward Desantis. Desantis is brilliant to stay silent. By the time he announces Trump will have alienated more & more supporters with his crudeness. We are no longer in 2016 & we are tired of the drama.
Trump’s decision to share the propaganda fits a pattern of him attacking his political enemies by any means necessary.
Many believe that this latest attack was likely motivated by the former president’s belief that DeSantis will challenge him in the 2024 presidential race.
Yet the governor has thus far offered no public indications that he intends to abandon his post and pursue the presidency.
In additional Truth Social posts published Tuesday, Trump accused DeSantis of voting against the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018, suggested the governor only won his 2018 election because of him and slammed DeSantis for having once said he’s “glad” Jan. 6th rioters were being arrested and charged.
All this comes roughly a day after the Club for Growth published a new poll showing DeSantis leading Trump by nine points in the 2024 race.
This news itself prompted an attack from Trump, who blasted the group as the “Club for NO Growth” and accused the group of being “an assemblage of political misfits, globalists, and losers” who “fought me incessantly.”
This too triggered some backlash:
After Club for Growth put out a properly done, credible poll showing an undeclared Ron DeSantis leading Trump 49-40%, Trump responds with his third completely unhinged attack against CFG in the last week. He is like a 6 year old child who throws non-stop tantrums. pic.twitter.com/WEJBZ8wO8r