Former GOP strategist gives scathing assessment of Ron DeSantis's political future: 'MAGA version of Tim Pawlenty'
Although Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has drawn a lot of hype as a potential 2024 White House contender, one-time Republican strategist Steve Schmidt believes he doesn't have what it takes.
Writing on Twitter, Schmidt delivered a scathing assessment of DeSantis's political skills, which he said would be exposed the minute he starts actually running for president.
"Ron DeSantis is a 42-year-old punk who got elected to Congress and then Governor, gambled with his constituents lives and lost," Schmidt wrote. "His pugnaciousness and ambition were confused by many as a type of charisma. He is the MAGA version of Tim Pawlenty or Scott Walker, meager talents who were never going to play in the NFL. They were always Division 3 Quarterbacks, too slow for the big show."
Schmidt also dismissed DeSantis's political machine as "a mom and pop political operation controlled by his wife, a latter day Florida version of Mrs. Wilson," while also criticizing DeSantis for lacking the emotional intelligence to make consistent eye contact.
Schmidt went on to say that Fox News host Tucker Carlson is the actual new leader of former President Donald Trump's nationalist movement, and he pointed to Carlson's visit with Hungary's right-wing leader Viktor Orban this week as proof.
Fox News brings on Kayleigh McEnany to attack Gov. Cuomo for 'touching women in inappropriate places'
Fox News on Tuesday turned to Kayleigh McEnany, a former spokesperson for Donald Trump, to analyze a recent report by the New York attorney general finding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) sexually harassed multiple women.
"He is accused of serial sexual harassment," McEnany explained. "And the same man [is] accused of galling things like touching women in inappropriate places, using someone's sexual assault experience and essentially weaponizing it. These are serious allegations."
"The thought that he would be designing a new sexual harassment policy, his office under his tenure, he would make New York government the hallmark of addressing sexual harassment, it's just too rich and ironic and hypocritical," she added.
McEnany, Trump's former White House press secretary, suggested that there is "pressure mounting" on current Press Secretary Jen Psaki to condemn the governor.
"We certainly hope that these claims are aired out in a court of law," McEnany said. "Our justice system is designed to do just that."
The Fox News host interviewing McEnany did not ask about her experience handling accusations that Trump sexually harassed or attacked over a dozen women. In one instance, Trump's Justice Department fought to keep one accuser's lawsuit out of court.
Both Cuomo and Trump have denied allegations of misconduct.
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, who's under investigation by the FBI for alleged sex-trafficking of a minor, weighed in Tuesday afternoon on newly revealed sexual harassment allegations against New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"If he were a Republican, he wouldn't even need one named accuser for the media to smear him," Gaetz wrote, in an apparent reference to his own case.
Gaetz was responding to a tweet from Texas GOP Congressman Pat Fallon, who wrote: "Just imagine how the mainstream media would be covering the Cuomo scandal if he were a Republican."
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Imagine supporting a serial rapist like Donald Trump and an alleged child rapist like Matt Gaetz, and thinking you… https://t.co/Xe0LlPr2s3— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1628010686.0
What in in the alcoholic fuck are you talking about? YOU haven’t been expelled from Congress (yet) and Mr. Grab-em-… https://t.co/oLZDGjIBHR— Matt Gaetz’ Liver 🍸 (@Matt Gaetz’ Liver 🍸) 1628010965.0
Sit this one out venmo dude. https://t.co/yYxhhObHvU— David Weissman (@David Weissman) 1628009357.0
What about one unnamed underage female accuser? https://t.co/fL83XQK2bM— Herrmann and Kane (@Herrmann and Kane) 1628009919.0
Just a reminder that Congressman Gaetz is under federal investigation for the rape and trafficking of teenaged girl… https://t.co/ggNEJ104bV— Prosecute Trump to Save America 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈☮️ (@Prosecute Trump to Save America 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈☮️) 1628009845.0
Matty, I think you better sit this one out. Yours do have names and you also have accomplices talking. https://t.co/uwDxBvMUAZ— Duperdar (@Duperdar) 1628009772.0
Trump had 29 plus one viable rape case plus on audio confessing to pussy grabbing https://t.co/3moaUnmLCy— Samantha Legere (@Samantha Legere) 1628009430.0
@mattgaetz He'd be elected president if he was a Republican 🤡 https://t.co/8koXAIN5Wh— VacciNostraDonny 💉 (@VacciNostraDonny 💉) 1628009277.0
At least now Cuomo can be on supreme court with full Republican support. https://t.co/La096RTPQ4— Jenifer (@Jenifer) 1628010086.0
You're correct. The GOP would be printing ballots with him as the frontrunner for the next election. Creep.… https://t.co/Fn6DzZWOtN— JenCaz (@JenCaz) 1628010458.0
They are covering it more than the Matt Gaetz sex trafficking scandal & your insider trading scandal, @RepPatFallon… https://t.co/nfr7yqfp4h— Russell Foster for Texas (@Russell Foster for Texas) 1628009605.0
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