Former President Donald Trump was ripped by some on social media and questioned by others after a bizarre Truth Social post in which he appeared to criticize Ron DeSantis shortly after the Republican Florida governor launched his bid for president.
“‘Rob,’ My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not! (per my conversation with Kim Jung Un, of North Korea, soon to become my friend!),” read Trump’s baffling post on Wednesday.
The post was later shared by the Trump campaign in an email to supporters.
The odd missive came after DeSantis formally announced his entry into the 2024 presidential race during a Twitter Spaces event with the platform’s owner, Elon Musk.
DeSantis’ announcement was delayed by roughly 30 minutes due to technical difficulties that Musk attributed to overwhelmed computer servers.
Trump’s odd ribbing was dismissed and criticized by many on social media.
“Almost half a million people tuned in to listen to Gov. [DeSantis] for over an hour. Trump, meanwhile, was bragging about how he wants to soon be friends with Kim Jong Un. I’d say today was a major win for DeSantis!” Zach Montanaro of the pro-DeSantis super PAC “Never Back Down,” observed on Twitter.
“DeSantis has been talking about detailed and substantive policy issues for the last hour,” conservative writer AG Hamilton noted. “This is what you get from Trump. If people want idiocracy and entertainment, Trump might be the better option. If you want substance on the right, DeSantis is it.”
“Someone needs to check Trump’s meds. Is he taking the same old-people pills Biden is taking? Does Trump think GOP voters want him to be buddies with Kim Jung-un? What a hot mess he’s become,” Paula Bolyard, managing editor of PJMedia, said in a tweet.
NBC News deputy tech editor Ben Goggin suggested that Trump’s post implies he’s colluding with the North Korean dictator.
“Trump casually sharing information about Ron DeSantis’ ‘red button’ provided/planted by Kim Jong Un during an election run-up… cool. Who cares about all that interference stuff from 2016?” Goggin wrote on Twitter.
In his long-expected campaign announcement, DeSantis vowed to curb illegal immigration, build a wall along the southern border, expand domestic energy production, fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and reduce government spending, among other promises.