The battle had simmered for months. But what really made it happen were the Super Bowl tweets.
Alex Bruesewitz, a 25-year-old Trump-aligned GOP adviser, started a fire war with the DeSantis influencer when he tweeted an old photo that appears to show Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis drinks with an 18-year-old high school girl. While teaching at Darlington School in Georgia at the age of 23
In a since-deleted tweet, Jim Hanson, a right-wing philosopher and Army Green Beret veteran, defended the governor. by arguing that “Partying with hot 18-year-olds” makes him like Desantis even more.
With tensions already simmering between Trump loyalists and the new defectors behind DeSantis, online animosity finally came to life over the weekend at the conservative political action conference. Popular outside of Washington
DeSantis, in particular, was absent, leaving a quietly attended Trump-loving meeting. to address a crowd with TVs at the Ronald Presidential Library Reagan in California But many of his supporters are roaming the CPAC halls in full swing. So it was almost inevitable that a clash between Ronald and Donald supporters would occur.
When John Cardillo, expert DeSantisworld Walking past the media booth at CPAC, he met Bruesewitz.
Bruesewitz asked if Hanson, accompanied by his wife, was Was it an “hot 18-year-old”? Cardillo warned Brucewitz not to talk to Hanson like that in front of his wife.
Previous online frustration quickly surfaced. Including Bruce Witz, who tweeted a picture of the Florida governor’s shoes to speculate that De Santis used thicker boots to appear taller.
“You want a picture of his boots?” Hanson says at the beginning of the video from the scramble. “Do you understand what Cuban boots are?”
“It’s weird, man,” Cardillo interrupted. “He doesn’t know what shoes are. We have found it.”
In the video, Cardillo accused Brucevitz of “stalking” and “harassing” him before Hanson declared: “You have nothing, friend?”
Which, presumably, opened all the separate cans of worms. Hanson told Trump advisers he was neither “interesting” nor “funny.”
“Worthless child soldiers,” Cardillo added. More aimed at Brucevitz.
As for Hanson, he refused to speak on the record of the story. “I don’t argue within the party with enemy media,” he told The Daily Beast upon comment. Similarly, Cardillo declined to comment on the record.
Bruesewitz’s attorney, Joseph McBride, who attended during a hostile exchange at CPAC, claimed in a telephone interview that his client initiated a heartfelt interaction in front of Cardillo in a “very young way.” started coming towards Alex and then another man joined in.”
“It’s both fun and a game. It’s as if people are trading suspiciously. Of course you have people on Trump’s side and you have people on Desantis’ side. which is a good match Nothing wrong with that,” added McBride.
As Trump and DeSantis inch closer to open war in the 2024 GOP primaries, their camps have sought useful fronts on issues such as Social Security and COVID.
But the outbursts between tween loyalists and boots at CPAC represent a battle that may be more absurd and absurd than anyone thought possible.
Private conversations within Trumpworld about DeSantis suggest new lows are still possible as the campaign heats up.
for beginners Trump’s confidant tried to measure De Santis’ real BMI. which is the same gauge that Trump was obsessed with during his time in the White House. The reliable height and weight for Florida’s governor made it possible to evade MAGA detectives.
DeSantis is listed as 5’9”. The Florida governor was recently photographed standing alongside golf legends Tiger Woods, who is known to be 6’1″, and Rory McIlroy, who stands at 5’1″. DeSantis appears to be about the same height as Woods in the photo, leading to speculation that DeSantis may have used a height booster in his boots.
Boot pinning is another feature of the Trump-DeSantis feud that has spilled over from the online meme wars.
Trump’s inner circle People close to the former president mocked photos of DeSantis wearing tall white rubber boots as he toured the devastation of last year’s Hurricane Ian. From Trump’s trip to eastern Palestine, Ohio, where Trump wore Timberland boots. His circle concluded that their bosses had better taste in men’s work shoes.
“Donald Trump in his DeSantis work boots, Dallas Cowboys cheerleader boots,” a source close to Trump bragged to The Daily Beast, while referring to the case as “Donald Trump reacted to Disaster, Ron DeSantis hesitates.”
Paramount drove home the Trump World in DeSantis’ boots, while New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman understand on monday evening Trump colleagues have begun flagging mentions of the topic. Even if that means sharing articles from liberal sites like Jezebel.
Those in DeSantis’ corner said that the Florida governor wore “Cuban heel” boots, which were naturally designed to reinforce the heel. They also argue that Ron’s fashion folly extends to the tailoring of his suit. which is an art that Trump must fight by himself
The whole feud—waistlines, boot heels, and heights—is just the latest sign of the Trump-DeSantis war, but the feud is escalating online into real life. Although it’s more akin to an elementary school recess argument than a DUI. But it is considered the latest upgrade.
“Why didn’t DeSantis screen these guys?” a seasoned Republican strategist told The Daily Beast, referring to Cardillo and Hanson.
Another GOP strategist said Bruesewitz made an odd target given both the age and reputation of his consulting firm, which has business on both sides of the MAGA and GOP formation divide.
“In a short span of time Alex has built a strong business and became influential with MAGA warriors and GOP leaders,” the adviser said, asking to remain anonymous to avoid any client involvement in the turmoil.
“The 50-year-old Cardillo in this video has a very strong feel for Project Lincoln,” the consultant adds. Referring to political corporation NeverTrump, which is a huge disdain for the current GOP.
One source who spoke to Trump told The Daily Beast that in recent weeks, The former president has personally weighed his thoughts on Florida’s choice of governor as “DeSoros,” one of many nicknames floating around in the background.
Trump reportedly tested out the “Tiny D” nickname, while “Tiny D” didn’t catch the eye of MAGA devotees. This includes former Trump administration official Sebastian Gorka, who has expanded the line of attacks.
“There is no other candidate in history with such power and strength as President Trump. And he will work hard and outpace Joe. Biden to save America,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung told The Daily Beast when asked about the “DeSoros” nickname, and Trump’s inner circle is checking DeSantis’ BMI.
While many GOP voters seem to have no problem with the Trump-DeSantis feud With political rifts likely to diminish where possible, this latest CPAC eruption indicates how personal feelings are between the infantry on both sides.
As a longtime GOP strategist puts it, “What a pile of trash on fire.”
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