There is a very real fear among Democrats and their media mouthpieces that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis could emerge from the Republican pack as the top obstacle to the party’s continuing control of the White House, and the smear machine has already roared into high gear.
Former President Donald J. Trump remains the favorite to seize the GOP nomination if he chooses to run again, but the January 6 committee is moving toward a preemptive strike with at least one criminal referral being almost a certainty in their transparent effort to disqualify him from the race by any means necessary, but they may be clearing the way for an even more formidable opponent in DeSantis.
Unlike the ex-POTUS, the Sunshine State Republican has neither the baggage nor the potential to galvanize the entire political left along with the bitter remnants of the Bush-McCain-Romney wing of the GOP, a delicate coalition that could fall apart with the glue of the hatred of Trump to hold it together.
Judging from the increased chatter about DeSantis from the cable television smear merchants, the Democrats may be anticipating a DeSantis run, and are already repurposing their attacks that they have relied on against Trump for their new enemy.
On Friday, NBC national security analyst and former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi joined far-left progressive radio host Dean Obeidallah where the duo laid the groundwork for likening DeSantis to a cult leader, a smear that has been repeatedly brought to bear against Trump and his loyal supporters.
During a conversation of a CNN column that Obeidallah wrote about California Governor Gavin Newsom’s anti-DeSantis ad that ran in Florida over the Independence Day weekend, the cult card was played on the latest edition of his SiriusXM radio show.
Dean Obeidallah and NBC's Frank Figliuzzi Agree Trump Fans Are 'Transferring' to Ron DeSantis 'Cult' https://t.co/i7e82KRZMO via @mediaite pic.twitter.com/UhzusM3NwC
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“I wrote an article this week about Ron DeSantis, criticizing DeSantis, and, which I’m going to do all the time,” Obeidallah said. “They’ve moved over, Frank, the emotional commitment they had for Trump is now bleeding over to DeSantis, where I’m getting not threats like I’m going to kill you, but more like, you know, vile comments,” referring to critics of his CNN piece.
“I don’t care,” he added. “But I’m amazed now seeing it with DeSantis and I’m like, ‘Wow, they’ve moved on emotionally and they’re beginning to defend DeSantis the same way,’ meaning Trump. The threats will come next. But this was a lot of- some things were about ‘you’re brown. Go back to your country.'”
Figliuzzi responded, “You know what? You have raised a really interesting point. And it, and it’s, I’ve not heard that raised yet with regard to this. I’ll call it a transference, a transference. You know, in cult, if you study cults, most of the time, a cult is allegiance to just one leader. But there are, there are occasions where the leader passes away or hands the baton or someone wrests control of the baton over a cult, and the followers will transfer their allegiance to this person.”
He continued, “So you might be on the cusp of recognizing that this cult, and I deliberately use that word because of its focus on one individual. Um, this cult may be in the process of transference and the cult, if Trump goes away, doesn’t run, runs and loses. That does not mean the cult goes away. Really interesting point.”
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Obeidallah has had DeSantis on his mind for months, tweeting “Ron DeSantis is far more dangerous than Trump. Period,” back in March.
Ron DeSantis is far more dangerous than Trump. Period.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 7, 2022
In his CNN op-ed, Obeidallah slobbered all over the California lockdown king who is positioning himself for an opening if and when the party mercifully pulls the plug on the deeply unpopular and senile Biden and his babbling dunce of a VP Kamala Harris, “Whether or not he seeks the White House, Newsom is showing Democratic leaders something the base wants to see: How to be an effective and fierce fighter who isn’t focused on “bipartisanship” but instead determined to call out the GOP’s extremism. That’s a playbook all Democrats should embrace.”
The shift in the narrative from Trump to DeSantis along with the demonization of their supporters is a chilling example of how the Democrats have moved to define all Republicans with the exception of Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney as extremists, not exactly the sort of “democracy” that they constantly invoke as a cloak for their own dangerous authoritarianism.
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