As Donald Trump prepares for what he says is his impending indictment, he took a moment to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), one of his main rivals for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about FALSE ACCUSATIONS & FAKE STORIES sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known, when he’s unfairly and illegally attacked by a woman, even classmates that are ‘underage’ (or possibly a man!),” Trump wrote on his Twitter clone, Truth Social. “I’m sure he will want to fight these misfits just like I do!”
Trump was referring to photos that emerged earlier this year of DeSantis as a teacher in Georgia when he was 23, drinking with high school students. In one of the pictures, he is surrounded by three high school girls. In February, Trump shared the images and wrote, “That’s not Ron, is it? He would never do such a thing!”
Users of Truth Social called DeSantis “gross” and “ephebophiliaesque” and accused him of “grooming” the students.
Trump’s statement that DeSantis will be accused of sexual misconduct by “possibly a man!” today is not based on any evidence. DeSantis has not been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by anyone.
Trump faces possible criminal charges in New York related to the accusation that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election to be quiet about the alleged affair she had with Trump. Trump denies the affair. The payment was then allegedly documented as “legal expenses” in the real estate company Trump Organization’s books while Trump was in the White House.
DeSantis has spent much of his time as governor attacking LGBTQ+ people. He signed a ban on transgender students participating in school sports in 2021, signed the state’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” law last year, and vetoed funding for LGBTQ+ mental health and homelessness programs.
He has repeatedly mocked trans youth and used them as a bogeyman, lying about how schools are forcing kids to transition against their parents’ wills. He has implied that child protective services should investigate parents who let their kids watch drag queens.