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Has Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis been copying former President Donald Trump’s mannerisms, or is this just a coincidence? #BlueAnon members would like to know.
For months now, some have been drawing attention to the admittedly undeniable fact that the two men share some similarities in the way they move their hands as they speak.
This has led to speculation from #BlueAnon that the governor, whom many suspect may be eyeing a run for the presidency in 2024, has purposefully been “copying” the former president’s mannerisms.
The latest rehash of this theory came Friday when The Recount posted a compilation contrasting both men’s hand gestures.
Is Ron DeSantis copying Trump? pic.twitter.com/FGGFlLmQpH
— The Recount (@therecount) October 21, 2021
“Is Ron DeSantis copying Trump?” the caption above reads.
Though not as well-known as outlets like ABC and NBC, The Recount is still establishment enough that its compilation wound up making it onto MSNBC.
DeSantis v. Trump, now As Seen on TV™
— The Recount (@therecount) October 22, 2021
“Whether intentional or not, it’s remarkable how much Gov. DeSantis is now moving and acting like the former president,” MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Lemire said in the clip above.
Some on the right have also noticed the similarities, though they don’t appear to believe it’s from DeSantis “copying” Trump.
If anything, they seem to believe that the Florida governor is and has always been Trump-like, with the only real difference being that he lacks some of Trump’s character flaws, namely his troublesome habits.
DeSantis is Trump but more competent, with similar or superior hand gestures, and doesn’t come with the baggage of Javanka https://t.co/vl3sQFDV6H
— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) April 6, 2021
He’s been doing the hand thing for a long time. I’m glad he plans to go after CBS for what they did.
— Markay (@Markay100) April 6, 2021
Over on the left, it seems the overwhelming consensus is that DeSantis is purposefully “copying” Trump because he’s that dastardly of a cunning villain.
This veritable conspiracy theory doesn’t appear to be grounded in any facts, but that’s likely not much of a surprise.
Leading the #BlueAnon charge is the discredited Lincoln Project, of course:
It’s not a coincidence. pic.twitter.com/6VkrCHC7gI
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 22, 2021
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
Called this. ABSOLUTELY. Jr. does it too https://t.co/VLSrb3oISM
— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) October 22, 2021
Of course not.
Follow the master seems to be his motto, in every aspect.
— Mom🌐 (@Mom06887547) October 22, 2021
No, most certainly not a coincidence…but it is really, really sad. And small, so very, very small.
— Shelby Edwards (@STEWest) October 22, 2021
DeSantis put more effort into mimicking Trump’s hands than he did into saving Floridians from COVID.
— Justin(Embarrassed Floridian) (@ThatDudeJustin5) October 22, 2021
Again, there’s no evidence to substantiate this theory. If anything, the fact that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also uses similar hand gestures suggests that these gestures are simply more commonplace than they realize.
In fact, hand gestures, in general, tend to be commonly shared by people, as noted in the mocking tweet posted below in response to the Lincoln Project.
— Vercingetorix (@Peasand53327214) October 23, 2021
In additional tweets, critics poked fun at other coincidences:
Is it just a coincidence that you all look like sex offenders or actually are all sex offenders? pic.twitter.com/TEO9jO88Yp
— Tol eBon (@TypewriterLoft) October 23, 2021
It’s not a coincidence. pic.twitter.com/zta3fbm0pf
— Restore Federalism (@CTRFederalism) October 22, 2021
It is smart to do what’s effective. pic.twitter.com/7WUnhpPMjc
— Jim 2Arms/2Legs🇺🇲 (@JimTomOHIO) October 23, 2021
Because nobody has ever copied someone before (look familiar): pic.twitter.com/6e1fTzCtmN
— G Jones (@GMJ1957) October 23, 2021
— G Jones (@GMJ1957) October 23, 2021
DeSantis’s tenure in office has been chockablock with attempts by the establishment left to attack and smear him in one way or another.
The recent focus (aside from the hand gestures non-scandal scandal) has mainly been on his otherwise successful handling of the coronavirus. To hear them tell it, he killed tens of thousands of people by not imposing strict coronavirus restrictions.
Yet Florida’s COVID death rates per capita are surpassed by a number of Democrat strongholds, including Massachusetts and New York, according to data from Statistica.
Meanwhile, Florida currently boasts the lowest COVID case per capita rate in the country, though DeSantis has received zero credit from the mainstream left for this.
Well it’s official, Florida currently has the LOWEST per capita COVID cases among the contiguous 48 states.
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) October 18, 2021
When it comes to the Florida governor, it seems the only time the establishment left speak about him is when there’s an opportunity to attack.
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