Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump's presidency, myriad scandals or overall vibe, one must concede that he has time and again proven incredibly effective at neutering the presidential ambitions of his political rivals. The 2016 race was a veritable bloodbath of politicians done in by simple nicknames, from "Crooked Hillary," to "Lyin' Ted" to "Low-energy Jeb."
Since stumbling out of the gate in the 2024 race against presumed rival Ron DeSantis with the clunky nickname "Ron DeSanctimonious," he has since pivoted to what many critics agree is the much more devastating "Meatball Ron."
With polls putting Trump at nearly double the support of DeSantis at this point in the race, his campaign may have just hammered the nail in DeSantis' coffin by releasing an ad recalling a micro-scandal that alleged DeSantis once ate pudding out of a cup with his fingers.
Pudding Fingers pic.twitter.com/PRCVAZlkw9
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) April 14, 2023
Released by the MAGA Inc. Super PAC, the ad leads with the "DeSantis/Pudding" headline and then shows a faceless man dipping his fingers in cups of chocolate pudding.
Over bizarrely sensual shots of the man sucking pudding off his fingers, complete with slurping sounds, the voiceover attempts to build a metaphor by claiming DeSantis has his "dirty fingers all over senior entitlements" like social security and Medicare, which the Florida governor has tried to cut in the past.
Of course, the political content of the ad wasn't nearly as important as the "pudding fingers" to many self-styled political "analysts" on Twitter, who were quick to hyperbolically claim that the ad had killed the DeSantis campaign — which, technically, has yet to begin.
Of course, some online also found the ad juvenile and hypothesized it would be ineffective, but a quick perusal of such complaints indicate that many of these critics are already DeSantis supporters.
Whether or not the ad sticks will only be proven through time, but if and when DeSantis decides to run, it seems certain that the race between him and Trump will lead to bizarre comedy.
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Apr 14, 2023 at 01:48PM EDT
Jon the Wizard
Apr 14, 2023 at 01:52PM EDT
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