More people are agreeing that Trump will run in 2024 but it's unclear how Republicans will vote given Trump's recent track record. This is why DeSantis is shaping up to be a more viable candidate for the GOP.
But in order to win a presidential bid, DeSantis needs to appeal to Trump supporters. And it seems he's doing that by imitating aspects of the former president
Here are seven ways DeSantis seems to be channeling Trump.
1. Mean nicknames
Trump famously doled out nicknames to people while in office - both in a positive and negative way. In fact there's a Wikipedia page to keep track of all the nicknames Trump used.
He called Texas Senator Ted Cruz 'Beautiful Ted', President Joe Biden 'China Joe' and 'Sleepy Joe', Mike Bloomberg 'Mini Mike Bloomberg', and many more.
On Wednesday, DeSantis took a page from Trump's book while expressing his distain for Dr. Anthony Fauci calling him a "little elf."
"I know he says he's going to retire, someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac," DeSantis said.
\u201cRon Desantis, from fake fighter pilot to fascist. On Fauci: \u201cI\u2019m sick of seeing him! I know he says he\u2019s gonna retire. Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac!\u201d\u201d
— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6)
2. Weird awkward stance
Sure, DeSantis can talk the talk but can he walk the walk? The answer is yes.
A photo taken of DeSantis at Turning Point’s Student Action Summit shows the Florida Governor standing with his arms hovering besides him and his body tilted forward- much like Trump.
\u201cGee I wonder why DeSantis stands like that:\u201d
Perhaps it's not the stance that makes DeSantis stand in a strange position but rather the suits he's wearing.
Like Trump, DeSantis seems to choose boxy suits that are both slightly too big for him and slightly too small.
\u201cRon DeSantis is consistently just looking like he is just doing a discount Trump performance. From the oversized suit to the posture to movements to the neofascism. And if that\u2019s the bar of what is expected in this day and age for leadership, we are f*cked.\u201d
It's unclear if DeSantis will adopt Trump's massive ties.
4. Palling around with election deniers
Where the two slightly differ is their publicly spoken opinions of the 2020 election. Whereas Trump perpetrated the lie that the election was stolen, DeSantis does not.
However, that doesn't mean DeSantis is not endorsing those who agreed with election denies, in fact it's just the opposite.
DeSantis has headlined campaigns for Kari Lake, Blake Masters, JD Vance, and Doug Mastriano - all people who have claimed Trump won the 2020 election and have been endorsed by Trump.
5. Random caps-lock
Famously, Trump randomly capitalizes non proper-noun words in statements, truths, and formally tweets.
Apparently he does this to emphasize some words according to Vox and now DeSantis is following suit.
Earlier in August, DeSantis tweeted scolding the FBI for raiding Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago and capitalized several words like "regime" and "republic".
\u201cThe raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime\u2019s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.\u201d