Editor, The Beacon:
It is absolutely astounding that so many DeSantis supporters are “appalled” and “insulted” by Trump’s nasty and hateful comments about their candidate. By and large, these are the same people who have been apologists for the man’s abhorrent behavior, which they now find surprising.
They whine about Trump’s nicknames for the governor: Meatball Ron; DeSaster; Pudding Fingers.
And were apoplectic when he went after the governor’s wife, “I know more about him than anybody other than perhaps his wife, who is really running his campaign.”
This is his M.O. Consider these nicknames for past presidential opponents: Lyin’ Ted; Little Marco; Low Energy Jeb.
And, of course his misogyny is well-known, from his infamous “Grab them by the p****” rant to the following list, which is very incomplete:
About Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
Compared his wife to Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife with an unflattering photo, saying, “The images are worth a thousand words.”
Of Omarosa Manigault Newman, “A crazed, crying lowlife” and a “dog.”
Nancy O’Dell, “I moved on her, actually. You know, she was down on Palm Beach. I moved on her, and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f*** her. She was married.”
Having made excuses for Trump’s behavior in the past, from describing Trump’s disgusting “p****” remarks as nothing but “ locker room banter” to excusing his degrading language about women as “humorous,” it is difficult to give serious consideration to the outrage of DeSantis supporters about Trump.
Trump is who he is. Always has been, always will be. If anyone is surprised by his hateful rhetoric, they truly need to revisit their own standards of conduct.
John David Bethel