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#DeSantis is Trump’s Dem-slaying Frankenstein monster

“DeSantis is Trump’s Dem-slaying Frankenstein monster”

“You have created a monster, and it will destroy you.”

Those were the prophetic words of warning from Dr. Waldman to Dr. Frankenstein, in the movie version of Mary Shelley’s book, as he tries to stop him from proceeding with his plan to create a creature in his own image.

But by the time Frankenstein realized Waldman was right, it was too late — and the monster did indeed destroy him.

Donald Trump is the modern-day Dr. Frankenstein and Ron DeSantis is his monster whom he has repeatedly claimed credit for creating when he first endorsed him to be governor of Florida.

Although the former president doesn’t realize it yet, or more likely doesn’t want to realize it, the monster he made is now out of his control, rampaging across the Washington and media skyline like Boris Karloff on speed — albeit a far more ruggedly handsome version.

DeSantis is a cunning, ruthless, whip-smart operator with astute political instincts who shares much of his mentor’s worldview but comes without any of the crazier baggage.

At 44, he’s 31 years younger than Trump, and 35 years younger than President Biden, and he represents both men’s worst nightmare as an opponent.

Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on November 3, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida.
It’s becoming clear former President Donald Trump is fading out of the spotlight as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads the Republican party.
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For evidence of this, look no further than the onslaught of abuse and vitriol being hurled at him from all the usual liberal suspects over his decision to fly 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Late-night hosts had a collective spleen explosion, with Trevor Noah inferring DeSantis is an ignorant racist, Stephen Colbert branding him a “gaping a–hole,” and Seth Myers calling him “cruel and sadistic … stupid and repulsive … ghoulish and cruel.”

Former President Donald Trump claims it was his idea to send migrants to Martha’s Vinyard.
Former President Donald Trump claims it was his idea to send migrants to Martha’s Vinyard.
Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette/Handout via REUTERS

Sound familiar?

They all said the same stuff about Trump.

But now they’ve moved on from Dr. Frankenstein to his monster, and the liberal media is so worried about DeSantis that they’ve even commenced a comical revisionism of Trump, the man they’ve spent the past six years frenziedly demonizing.

New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie wrote this week that Trump “is funny, he has stage presence, and he has a kind of natural charisma. He can be a bully in part because he can temper his cruelty and egoism with the performance of a clown or a showman. He can persuade an audience that he’s just kidding — that he doesn’t actually mean it. Ron DeSantis cannot. He may be a more competent Trump in terms of his ability to use the levers of state to amass power, but he’s also meaner and more rigid, without the soft edges and eccentricity of the actual Donald Trump.”

US President Joe Biden answers a question from a reporter as he leaves after speaking about the DISCLOSE Act in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, September 20, 2022.
Gov. Ron DeSantis can take out the feeble President Biden in 2024 compared to former President Donald Trump.
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Natural charisma?

Soft edges?

Eccentricity?

Is this the same newspaper that’s portrayed Trump as the devil incarnate and the most chilling threat to democracy since Adolf Hitler?

As Fox News star Greg Gutfeld observed in his monologue on Tuesday: “The media never really believes their political adversaries are evil. It’s just how they destroy reputations before moving on.

“Of course, when you’re no longer a threat, the Dems compliment you.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis has liberals fuming over his migrant stunt similar to how former President Donald Trump gained notoriety in 2016,
Gov. Ron DeSantis has liberals fuming over his migrant stunt, similar to how former President Donald Trump gained notoriety in 2016,
Office of Gov DeSantis

That last line should seriously worry Trump, because it’s true.

A large part of Trump’s shtick and popularity has been his ability to position himself as the undisputed No. 1 target for the “liberal elite” and exploit it.

Now he’s not.

DeSantis is.

And it will be driving Trump bonkers with frustration that the person stealing all his oxygen and enemy outrage is the guy he first spotted and publicly backed.

Even worse, Trump believes DeSantis is stealing his ideas.

Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a news conference at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept.16, 2022. (
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has learned well from former President Donald Trump’s jabs at the liberal media.
Nigel Cook/The Daytona Beach News-Journal via AP

Trump is reportedly fuming over the Martha’s Vineyard migrant stunt — not, like the others fuming over it, because he objects to it on moral grounds, but because he believes he thought of it first and is incensed at all the attention it’s bringing his monster.

Policy ideas are not the only things Trump believes DeSantis is copying from him.

He is apparently also infuriated that the governor mimics his gestures, even down to the way he stands, and often posts suspiciously similar thoughts on Twitter once Trump has said them elsewhere.

Until now, Trump has been keen to tell the world that DeSantis is only where he is because of him: “I was very responsible for getting him elected. If I didn’t endorse him, he wouldn’t have won.”

When asked what would happen if they both ran for president, Trump told Yahoo Finance: “If I faced him, I’d beat him like I would beat everyone else.”

Former President Donald Trump
Former President Donald Trump refuses to let go of his 2020 presidential election loss.
Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Hmmm.

I’m not so sure about that.

DeSantis is a younger, better-focused, more competent version of Trump, and he’s now getting all the media heat that Trump normally commands because he’s seen as a bigger threat by the Democrats.

Republicans are waking up to this reality and beginning to rally around DeSantis at the same speed they’re moving away from his creator.

If Trump’s endorsements triumph in the midterms, he could yet fend off his monster because it would show he’s still a vote-winner.

But if they don’t, I predict the GOP will dump him like a sack of old potatoes and swing behind his younger, fresher self.

In that eventuality, Trump would be smart to embrace his creation as the party’s new hard-nosed, lib-bashing darling and continue taking the credit for him.

True leadership, after all, is about legacy.

If he doesn’t, and tries to fight it out, which is far more likely given Trump’s stupendous ego, DeSantis will kill his Dr. Frankenstein’s political career with the same merciless savagery with which the monster killed the original doctor.

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