Donald Trump’s meltdown on Thursday on his Truth Social website has already entered Florida judicial procedures.
“Former President Donald Trump’s post-election screed labeling Florida’s governor ‘Ron DeSanctimonious’ didn’t go unnoticed by Andrew Gillum or his Miami lawyers,” the Tallahassee Democrat reported. “In addition to saying he helped ‘fix’ DeSantis’ campaign after it had ‘completely fallen apart,’ Trump said he also got the feds to intervene ‘when votes were being stolen in Broward County.”
In the 2018 midterm elections, Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum.
“David Markus and Katherine Miller, who is representing Gillum on federal public corruption charges involving donations to his gubernatorial campaign, didn’t fire back at insults Trump hurled at Tallahassee’s former mayor,” the newspaper reported. “Instead, they cited Trump’s statement in a motion filed Friday in federal court saying it further supported their request for a hearing on whether the federal government selectively prosecuted Gillum because of his race.”
Trump attacked DeSantis in a string of posts that mimicked a Twitter thread—a feature that Trump’s Truth Social does not offer.
Trump bemoaned that DeSantis, whom he referred to as “an average Republican governor with great public relations,” had received “all in” support from Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Post.
“I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the corrupt Election process in Broward County, and Ron was going down ten thousand votes a day, along with now-Senator Rick Scott, I sent in the FBI and the U.S. Attorneys, and the ballot theft immediately ended, just prior to them running out of the votes necessary to win,” Trump claimed.
In their filing, Gillum’s attorneys drew attention to Trump’s comments on social media.
“Former President Trump’s posts raise serious questions about how exactly Trump ‘fixed’ DeSantis’ campaign and what Trump directed the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to do, and whether there is any connection to the FBI’s investigation and later prosecution of Gillum,” Gillum’s lawyers argued.
Donald Trump acknowledges that he initiated action through the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the lawyers, which establishes a “prima facie case of selective prosecution (at a minimum for political purposes)” in Trump’s Truth Social post.
Trump’s assertions that federal agents were sent to interfere in the election are “also almost certainly false.”