DeSantis’s wife Casey, aka wannabe-FLOTUS Barbie, was there for one practice session and chose to weigh in with an interesting “explanation” for monkeys being on Ron’s brain, ABC reported:

During one of the prep sessions, the governor’s wife, Casey, attempted to provide an explanation for the governor’s “monkey it up” comment: that DeSantis had only said “monkey” because he had been reading their daughter’s favorite book, “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” to their kids at night.

When Casey asked the room if that explanation would “matter,” Gaetz quickly responded, “Nobody cares.”

“Nobody cares?” Casey, off camera, replied.

“Not even a little,” Gaetz said.

The footage also shows DeSantis downplaying comments made by right-wing author David Horowitz, whom DeSantis had praised and who had hosted a number of conferences where DeSantis spoke. Horowitz had said that Black Americans didn’t feel “gratitude” toward white people for their “sacrifices” in ending slavery. In an October 2018 debate, DeSantis said of Horowitz, “How the hell am I supposed to know every single statement someone makes?” but debate prep video shows him saying Horowitz’s comment was “stupid” but not racist. Gaetz cut him off, saying, “You will not win” that argument. DeSantis agreed, responding: “I know, I’m not gonna — I can’t win that, I know.”


Gaetz, for his part, has already endorsed Trump for 2024.

DeSantis’s office didn’t respond to ABC’s request for comment. But Erin Perrine, communications director for Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting DeSantis, told the outlet: “Half-decade-old material leaked by bitter former staffers actually shows the governor dismissing nonsense and focusing on the facts about his goals and record...Gov. DeSantis’ never backing down to the bias media [sic] is a big reason why Americans are behind him in the first place.”


We’re on the edge of our seats awaiting the next leak.