Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Florida Republicans backing Trump denounce leak of DeSantis debate tapes: ‘Disloyal hackery’

Two House Republicans who were involved with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ debate prep during his 2018 campaign denounced Sunday’s leak of debate prep videos in a pair of tweets.

Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who have already enthusiastically said they support Donald Trump for president, said the leaked footage released by ABC News is an example of petty politics.

‘I ran the Desantis Debate Prep in 2018,’ Gaetz tweeted. ‘Though I prefer Trump for President (bigly), the release of these videos by the person operating the camera is disloyal hackery that I do not abide. Staffers who leak on the candidates they’ve done work for deserve the reputations they get.’

‘I was on the DeSantis Debate prep team,’ Donalds said. ‘These tapes should not have been leaked. It’s low class.’

The leaked tapes to ABC show DeSantis questioning how to express his differences with then-President Trump without angering his base – a possible preview to the Florida governor’s expected run for the presidency in 2024 against Trump.

‘Is there any issue upon which you disagree with President Trump?’ DeSantis was asked by Gaetz in a mock debate for governor.

‘I have to figure out how to do this,’ DeSantis replied.

‘Obviously there is because, I mean, I voted contrary to him in the Congress,’ DeSantis continued. ‘I have to frame it in a way that’s not going to piss off all his voters.’

Dave Abrams, a spokesman for DeSantis’ political team, dismissed the leak in a statement to Fox News Digital.

‘Another swing and a miss from Disney-funded ABC,’ Abrams said. ‘The best their propaganda machine could do with the 2.5 hours of leaked footage is further [proof] that Ron DeSantis is unwilling to be anyone but his authentic self – no matter the politics.’

DeSantis said in the tapes he would make clear he supports Trump’s agenda. The then-congressman won the endorsement of Trump for his governor bid.

‘If I have a disagreement, I talk to him in private,’ he said.

Fox News’ Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.

This post appeared first on FOX NEWS

You May Also Like


Description of LEAP Options A LEAP option is essentially an option with longer terms than standard options. The acronym “LEAP” stands for Long Term...


In this episode of StockCharts TV‘s The MEM Edge, Mary Ellen reviews the short-, intermediate-, and long term outlook for the S&P 500 after last week’s...


What Is Trading Volume? Trading volume refers to the number of  options  contracts buyers and sellers are exchanging during any given period, usually a trading day. It...

Editor's Pick

Modern firms require modern digital approaches in order to broaden their customer base, boost sales, and ultimately increase revenue in today’s technology-driven market. However...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively “The Company”) do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2023