Video journalism site The Recount, founded by John Heilemann, floated the insane conspiracy theory that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is mimicking former President Donald Trump’s speech and mannerisms ahead of a potential 2024 run.
Watch for yourself (stick around until the end where they both — gasp — use a Sharpie to sign something):
Is Ron DeSantis copying Trump? pic.twitter.com/FGGFlLmQpH
— The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2021
This theory even made it onto “Morning Joe”:
DeSantis v. Trump, now As Seen on TV™
(thanks @JonLemire, we understand the impulse to not give @jheil credit for things) pic.twitter.com/kqbtYZAZ3K
— The Recount (@therecount) October 22, 2021
Right? Because this “combination of hand gestures has never occurred in history”:
Stunning. This combination of hand gestures has never occurred in history… until now. Next up, an investigation of Sharpie. https://t.co/tLuWhcsJCL
— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) October 21, 2021
You could find these same mannerisms from anyone!
OMG some people talk with their hands???
*inserts video of Nancy Pelosi* https://t.co/Ytnczh9Xx8
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 22, 2021
But, alas, their job was done and the video is now viral:
Trump vs. the guy Melania tells him not to worry about. https://t.co/0uCuijLMsp
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 22, 2021
Gov. Ron DeSantis “is Trump’s afterbirth”:
As I've been saying, @GovRonDeSantis is Trump's afterbirth. He ran solely on being an obsessed fan of Trump's. He had no platform. He put his toddler in a video building a fake wall to kiss his orange overlord's ring. Now he is tripling down on Trumpism. He must go. #RemoveRon https://t.co/SVACkjDGED
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) October 22, 2021
The conspiracy grows!
Called this. ABSOLUTELY. Jr. does it too https://t.co/VLSrb3oISM
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) October 22, 2021
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