Former President Donald Trump unleashed a series of increasingly bizarre posts across his social media platforms to welcome Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Republican presidential race.
Trump's peculiar antics included a video denouncing DeSantis as an ungrateful politician who owes his career to Trump, alongside a peculiar clip featuring what appears to be a SpaceX rocket toppling over and exploding with the words "Ron! 2024" superimposed.
Furthermore, Trump shared an unusual video that mocked DeSantis' entrance into the race during a glitch-ridden Twitter event hosted by Elon Musk, the billionaire Twitter CEO.
In Trump's version of events, the video portrayed not only Musk and DeSantis but also featured Adolf Hitler, the devil, a coughing Dick Cheney, billionaire George Soros, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab, and an FBI agent openly discussing a plot to "take out" Trump.
The video concludes with a fake voice that seems to be generated by an artificial intelligence program, hurling insults in Trump's style:
“The devil, I’m gonna kick your a** very soon. Hitler, you’re already dead. Dick Cheney, sounds like you’ll be joining Hitler very soon."
“Ron DeSanctimonious can kiss my big, beautiful 2024 presidential ass.”
You can see the video below.
Trump shared this peculiar video on his official Instagram and Truth Social pages, although it quickly spread across Twitter through various users' shares.
Trump has been criticized by both conservatives and liberals alike.
\u201cIn Trump\u2019s version, the participants include Musk and DeSantis, Hitler, the devil, Dick Cheney, billionaire George Soros, World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab and an FBI agent openly plotting to \u201ctake out\u201d Trump. Donald must be scared of Ron bigly. https://t.co/iDPxZuuoQz\u201d— Barbara Malmet (@Barbara Malmet) 1685021814
\u201cOh my, Trump is doing the \u201cDeSantis is literally Hitler\u201d thing. We are only days away from the nickname DeathSantis and a rant about fascism in Florida. He even has the devil there, the man has truly lost it.\u201d— MIA (@MIA) 1684978142
\u201cTrump immediately saying that Desantis is a closeted, hangs out with Hitler and the Devil, and is only running cause the FBI and the leftists boogie men are telling him to to take out Trump, kind of proves to me that unless Trump dies he\u2019s going to take the Republican nomination.\u201d— Andy Borjas \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Andy Borjas \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1685032254
\u201cI cannot believe that \u201cThis is the full video of DeSantis with Hitler and the devil posted on Trump\u2019s Instagram\u201d is a real tweet that makes sense in 2023.\u201d— Yonah Lieberman \ud83d\udd25 (@Yonah Lieberman \ud83d\udd25) 1684982064
\u201cI'm surprised at Trump going so low. Guess he has Not learned to Shut his mouth yet! It will be his downfall!!!\n\nVideo: Trump mocks DeSantis with parody of Hitler, the Devil, the FBI and more https://t.co/OxsuDdlMgT\u201d— Paul Stevens (@Paul Stevens) 1685027313
\u201cTHIS IS NOT A PERSON TO HAVE NUCLEAR CODES PEOPLE!! \n\u201cThe devil, I\u2019m gonna kick your ass very soon. Hitler, you\u2019re already dead. Dick Cheney, sounds like you\u2019ll be joining Hitler very soon,\u201d - #Trump \n#America #Americans #GenZ #Veterans #Iowa #Georgia \nhttps://t.co/7LSdAPQitt\u201d— Jay Montgomery (@Jay Montgomery) 1685014464
\u201cRon DeSantis has officially been a Republican presidential primary candidate for less than a day, and already the Grand Old Party's wheels are coming off. Behold, the Great Dumbening\u2122 is upon us! https://t.co/sRjlHoeDD2\u201d— atAdvocacy (@atAdvocacy) 1685020338
\u201cI guess the infantile FG just couldn't stand remaning in the background\nhttps://t.co/V62mrbUIrf\u201d— Chris Mason (@Chris Mason) 1685011379
Musk had envisioned a moment of triumph as he played host to DeSantis in a Twitter Spaces gathering, aimed at announcing the latter's presidential bid.
Nevertheless, the occasion swiftly devolved into a mortifying debacle, marred by vexing technical hiccups, inadvertent microphone mishaps, and fragmented exchanges that persisted for over 20 minutes before abruptly vanishing. Eventually, the livestream recommenced, leaving a multitude of listeners in suspense, eagerly awaiting even a solitary utterance from DeSantis.
As the Twitter audio livestream faltered, the reaction, both within and outside the platform, resonated with astonishment and derision.
The hashtag #Desaster proliferated across numerous posts, while others seized the opportunity to mock the failure. Even President Joe Biden's personal @JoeBiden account contributed to the chorus, sharing a donation link with a sardonic comment, "This link works."