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4 Signs the DeSantis vs. Trump Hype Is Getting Real

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Recent developments have given new weight to speculation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis could seriously challenge former President Donald Trump’s reelection.

SO WHAT

Will MAGA voters be forced to choose between their two most beloved politicians?

WHAT HAPPENED

A pair of news articles, a poll and some feisty comments by Trump have sent media hype over the potential GOP presidential primary showdown into overdrive.

THE PROFILE: A New Yorker feature published Monday – titled “Can Ron DeSantis Displace Donald Trump as the GOP’s Combatant-in-Chief?” – showed that even media elites are starting to wake up to the Florida governor’s star power.

  • Expounding on what makes DeSantis unique and formidable among Trump’s challengers, New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins wrote that the Florida governor “has been described as Trump with a brain.”
  • He also cited a consultant to Republican candidates, who told him his colleagues are lining up to work with DeSantis.

THE INTERVIEW: During an appearance on Newsmax Monday, Trump fielded questions about a possible face-off against DeSantis.

  • “I don’t know that he wants to run. I have a good relationship with Ron, I don’t know that he wants to run. I haven’t seen that. You’re telling me something that I’ve not seen, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told “The Boiling” host Eric Bolling.
  • “But no, I was very responsible for getting him elected.”

THE REPORT: DeSantis is raking in serious cash from former Trump donors, Politico reported over the weekend.

  • The implication was that some of Trump’s key financiers are placing their bets on DeSantis over the former president.
  • “It is possible Trump’s percentage of the Republicans keeps going down and I think it’s possible people will start looking elsewhere,” said Francis Rooney, a former Florida congressman and longtime GOP donor.

THE STRAW POLL: Earlier this month, DeSantis beat Trump in the annual Western Conservative Summit’s straw poll.

  • 71% of participants said they wanted the Florida governor to run in 2024 compared to 67% for Trump.

OK, BUT

It remained unclear to what degree the Trump-DeSantis feud is a media creation.

  • Despite anonymous news reports alleging disdain toward DeSantis from the Trump camp, both men have generally been full of praise for each other in public.
  • Then there’s the matter of Trump’s enormous advantage over DeSantis and every other Republican contender in national polls.
  • While DeSantis has yet to do so – to Trump’s apparent chagrin – it’s possible the governor will simply opt out of a 2024 run; or Trump could.
  • After all, nobody’s even announced yet.

Watch How Trump and DeSantis Use the Same Hand Gestures to Dominate Their Opponents

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Former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have utilized four powerful hand gestures to climb to the top of the GOP heap — but only one man can be president.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: If Cucumbers Can Become Pickles, Why Can’t I Change My Gender?

Cheesemaking led H. Conley to realize he was a transgender man, the Bon Appetit magazine “content integrity fellow” declared in an essay published Wednesday.

THE QUOTE

The piece, titled “I Realized I Was Trans While Making Cheese,” was released as part of Bon Appetit’s Pride Month “Food Is Queer” series.

  • In it, Conley described how working as a cheesemaker in New York City after college helped him come to terms with his identity as a man.
  • “I wanted to be the most knowledgeable, the most capable, the best cheesemaker I could be. Maybe then others would forget about my gender,” he wrote. “When they referred to me as ‘my guy’ or ‘flee’ or ‘bro,’ I felt assimilated.”
  • But it was the cheesemaking process itself that eventually led Conley to shuck away his societally ingrained preconceptions about gender.

“Fermentation is hope for trans folks. If people can conceptualize cucumbers becoming pickles, then they can grasp a trans person’s name change,” he wrote. “If the possibility of Camembert, Parmesan, and ricotta exist within milk, then think of all the possible genders to choose from! After all, what is rennet if not the hormone replacement therapy of dairy?”

MEANWHILE

A recent analysis found transgender self-identification is skyrocketing among young Americans, particularly biological women.

Who’s Having a Good/Bad Day on Twitter

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Our main characters on Twitter Thursday were former President Trump and President Biden.

HAVING A GOOD ONE

TRUMP: The former president’s victory lap over a gun-rights friendly Supreme Court ruling went viral Thursday and proved that, despite being banned from the platform, he’s still the master of Twitter.

HAVING A BAD ONE

BIDEN: Long-standing questions about the 79-year-old president’s mental acuity flared up again Thursday after photos showed him using cue cards during a press conference.

THE 4PM POLL: How Dangerous Is Weed?

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A recent New York Times report suggested cannabis use is making some teenagers ill.


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THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: 4PM Readers Hate Nicotine Regulation

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An overwhelming majority of The 4PM Poll respondents think the Biden administration’s crackdown on nicotine products is entirely without merit.

WHAT YOU’RE SAYING

In Thursday’s poll, we asked: “Which if any of the FDA’s recent anti-tobacco initiatives do you support?”

  • 77% of you said, “They’re all un-American.”
  • 10% supported the planned limit on nicotine content in tobacco products.
  • 5% supported a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
  • 5% supported the 2020 ban on vaping flavors.
  • 3% supported the ban on Juul products.

CHASER: 10 Minutes of Democrats Spreading ‘The Big Lie’

LAST ROUND

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