Ron DeSantis Campaign Releases A Video Criticizing Trump’s Earlier Pledge To Defend LGBTQ Rights

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2021/08/16: Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis holds a press conference to announce the opening of a monoclonal antibody treatment site to help COVID-19 patients recover at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. DeSantis stated that the site will offer the Regeneron treatment, and will operate 7 days a week, treating up to 320 patients a day. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As Pride Month concluded on Friday, a Twitter account to campaign for Ron DeSantis’ 2024 presidential run was attacked for tweeting a video criticizing Republican competitor Donald Trump’s prior pledge to defend LGBTQ rights.

“To complete ‘Pride Month,’ let’s have it the one who did way more to celebrate the event than every other Republican,” said the description on a video that the Florida governor’s “Rapid Response” campaign account tweeted from the “Proud Elephant” Twitter account.

Ron DeSantis Compared To The Former In Latest Video

The Ron DeSantis film, which includes a video from the former president’s acceptance address at the Republican National Convention 2016, portrays him as being favorable to transgender rights, here he said that he would do anything in his power to safeguard the rights of the LGBTQ community.

The film reportedly purports to show additional instances of Trump expressing his supposed support for the rights of the community, including his willingness to let Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, use the restroom of her choosing at the Trump Tower as well as to allow transgender women to compete for the Miss Universe pageant he once controlled. In the ad, Ron DeSantis is compared to Trump while previous actions taken by Ron that have weakened LGBTQ rights are shown. All of the footage included in the film has not been independently confirmed by CNN as being real. 

Years before he declared his candidacy for the position of president, Donald Trump supported and hailed the acceptance of trans women in the pageant for Miss Universe. However, the ex-president has pledged to “ban” trans athletes from competing on women’s teams as well as to outlaw gender-confirming surgery for children if he wins the Republican nomination for president in 2024.

Steven Cheung, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, criticized the film, saying that it depicted a campaign desperate in the last rounds of relevancy.