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Gov. Ron DeSantis Outed as Primitive Pudding Eater in Stunning Display of #Journalism

Gov. Ron DeSantis Outed as Primitive Pudding Eater in Stunning Display of #Journalism

“During a private plane trip from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., in March of 2019, DeSantis enjoyed a chocolate pudding dessert—by eating it with three of his fingers, according to two sources familiar with the incident.”

We’ve talked a lot about the insane hit pieces that have been written about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the last three years or so, including one where the Washington Post insinuated he was a hypocrite on keeping Disney’s wokeness in check because he and his wife Casey got married there in 2009.

Between that, a New York Times investigative “report” on DeSantis’ “cool teacher” reputation during a brief time he taught at a private school in Georgia two decades ago, and one from The Atlantic bemoaning the supposed fact that “DeSantis is not a fun and convivial dude,” many conservatives including yours truly were beginning to despair that all hope was lost for serious, hard-hitting coverage from the DeSantis media beat.

Fortunately, the Daily Beast swooped in to save the day Thursday and gave us all hope for Real Journalism with a shocking exposé detailing how, among other things, DeSantis’ social skills are allegedly so poor that he “devours” his food and makes a mess and even once ate pudding with his fingers:

The chatter over DeSantis’ public engagement has also surfaced past unflattering stories about his social skills—particularly, his propensity to devour food during meetings.

“He would sit in meetings and eat in front of people,” a former DeSantis staffer told The Daily Beast, “always like a starving animal who has never eaten before… getting shit everywhere.”

Enshrined in DeSantis lore is an episode from four years ago: During a private plane trip from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C., in March of 2019, DeSantis enjoyed a chocolate pudding dessert—by eating it with three of his fingers, according to two sources familiar with the incident.

One of the “reporters” behind this story, the Daily Beast‘s Jake Lahut, described this on his Twitter page as . . . (drumroll) “the pudding incident”:

I mean this is impeachment-level stuff, you gotta admit:

It will surprise exactly no one that Lahut was also one of two Daily Beast reporters who played “gotcha” journalism games in another recent hit piece on DeSantis in which they tried to “Kavanaugh” him by revealing that he had “benefited from the rigorous [AP] courses as a high schooler,” with the (false) angle being that he was now deriding something he once supported.

But back to “the pudding incident,” the incredible story was too much even for the leftists at New York Magazine, which proceeded to hilariously mock the Daily Beast story by predicting “the pudding incident” would destroy DeSantis’ presumed presidential aspirations:

To be clear, I’m not saying that voters are going to hear this story and instantly decide they can’t vote for DeSantis. But I do think the image will lodge itself in people’s subconsciouses. Pretend you’re a GOP primary voter listening to the Florida governor touting his record on flouting public-health recommendations, harassing migrants, and ridding schools of “wokeness.” Sounds pretty good, right? Now picture those same ideas coming out of a man who’s been credibly accused of licking dessert from his paw like a cartoon bear. How do those talking points sound now?

I know what you may be thinking: Wait, isn’t DeSantis’s biggest rival a guy who loves ketchup on well-done steak? Yes, Donald Trump being weird with various foodstuffs — from a taco bowl to Diet Coke to “dangerous” fruit — is basically a genre unto itself. But the 45th president has so many strange peccadilloes that it’s just become part of his oddball charm. And while Trump’s fingers may be short, at least he didn’t eat pudding with them.

Not to be outdone by the Daily Beast, a newsletter put out by Puck News shortly after the “pudding” story went live wondered if DeSantis was taking Ozempic since it appears he has slimmed down in a rather short amount of time:

The talk of Tallahassee has been that Ron DeSantis is losing weight, and fast. Juxtaposing photos from his inauguration, two months ago, to pictures from his State of the State speech, last week, suggests a dramatic difference. Not as dramatic as, say, Mike Pompeo, but his boxy suits are looking even baggier. “He’s a shell of his former self,” said one Tallahassee insider.

If there’s one thing that’s been documented about DeSantis, it’s his ability to shove anything in his mouth. Staffers used to lure him into meetings with cupcakes, as I once noted. He loves fried chicken from Zaxby’s. The Daily Beast chronicled a brilliant anecdote about him eating pudding with his fingers. This sudden change has some wondering if DeSantis, like the rest of Hollywood and the Upper East Side, is on Ozempic, the diabetes-turned-weight-loss drug. Of course, it could just be the stress of running for president or perhaps he’s taking Trump’s body-shaming meatball dig to heart. For what it’s worth, I’m told that he’s stopped eating carbs and he’s taking the new diet very seriously, so perhaps he doesn’t need the drug.

Let’s hear it for Truth to Power™ journalism, amirite? I mean what better way to turn people off of DeSantis than to report that he’s a real person who is trying to take better care of his health but has human moments like the rest of us?

Heck even DeSantis himself—or an AI voice creation, anyway—is “responding” accordingly to the controversy surrounding his pudding habits and is winning over more fans in the process (language warning):

Heh. Gotta love it.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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Ironclaw | March 18, 2023 at 2:35 pm

If this is the best they’ve got, they’re pretty screwed. Meanwhile, they have no problem with the dementia riddle pedophile in the white house.

Yes. Really. DeSantis is having to suffer through slings and arrows… just like Trump. He’s a pudding eater. A vicious attack that will probably end with him getting swatted at 5am. I hope he can find the intestinal fortitude to suck it up and not let these vicious attacks get to him. I know it can be hard on a candidate and his family to suffer this way but that’s politics. /sarc off

alaskabob | March 18, 2023 at 2:43 pm

DeSantis seen eating pudding,,,er…poi… with his fingers at Hawaiian luau! Just wait… (Never tried 2 day old poi when living in Honolulu.. )

henrybowman | March 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Sounds like Jake from State Farm The Daily Beast is angling for a job in legitimate journalism at People Magazine.

rhhardin | March 18, 2023 at 3:19 pm

He eats salad with a comb also.

2smartforlibs | March 18, 2023 at 3:46 pm

This from the same Kool-Aid crowd that thinks BUYden cool is he is on vacation 4 days a week and you never see him without an Ice Cream.

Antifundamentalist | March 18, 2023 at 4:18 pm

So…are they saying that only people with elitist pretentions, who consider themselves “above” their constituents, people who care more for correct table etiquette than representing the electorate are worthy of office?

gonzotx | March 18, 2023 at 4:41 pm

Pretty ridiculous considering what President Trump has and continues to have to deal with

Considering what President Trump is dealing with today… this really below LI

Pudding Ron, made with imitation flavorings…

The talk of Tallahassee has been that Ron DeSantis is losing weight, and fast.

Maybe he’s only using two fingers for his pudding now?

inspectorudy | March 18, 2023 at 4:57 pm

Many years ago I was in Marine cold mountain warfare training school out of Reno NV in the Sierras and we were told to forage on our own for food. We had to wear snow shoes because the snow was about five feet deep and it was impossible to walk without them. The object was for us to kill any kind of critter and cook it. In the dead of winter, there aren’t many critters. As we were plodding along I saw what looked like a cave in the rocks and investigated. Lo and behold it was a nice warm cave with piles of leftover C rations from the summer training group. We tore into the wonderful selection of Lima beans and Ham as well as peaches in thick juice. Guess what? We all ate with our fingers! To this day I have not been arrested or refused service in any restaurant in the world!

    I love this story! I bet that stash of C rations seemed like manna from Heaven just then. 🙂

      inspectorudy in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 19, 2023 at 11:45 pm

      They were a Godsend! We were chewed out by the instructors for not following the rules to eat critters but we responded that we were “Surviving” as they trained us to do! After two days, the instructors showed up expecting us to be hollow-cheeked and lethargic, but we were all laying around a big fire and looked like we had gained weight! I did learn how to skin a rabbit in one minute with only my teeth. These are things I use in my daily life! sarc

    Your year of living dangerously. Skating on the edge.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to inspectorudy. | March 19, 2023 at 8:55 am

    We had C-rats at our work site in Okinawa. When typhoons hit, no traffic moved, so, no catering brought to the site. I always was on the hunt for the ones that had Butter Brickle bars in them.

    Many of my shipmates were glad to trade for one they knew what was, and let The Bear have the one they never heard of.

CommoChief | March 18, 2023 at 5:08 pm

The real question is did eat the meat? After all ‘how can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat’

gatorbait | March 18, 2023 at 5:16 pm

I have eaten pudding with two, not three, fingers. Now I’m ot sure if that is an accomplishment or a shortcoming.

The next time I think someone’s eating habits have anything even remotely to do with political suitability will be the first.

BierceAmbrose | March 18, 2023 at 9:15 pm

“He’s a one-eye, one-horn flying purple pudding eater”


I vaguely recall when Kerry ran for prez him and Ms. Ketchup went through a drive-thru and ordered burgers – only to toss them out in the nearest trash can after the photo op – then went somewhere for a more upscale meal …

Can’t google that up though – just a vague memory … like the blue bunny suit incident … back when the press seemed to enjoy catching all candidates / pols in embarrassing photos …

Milhouse | March 19, 2023 at 12:54 am

This reminds me of when we were breathlessly informed that Trump eats two scoops of ice cream! I still can’t figure out why they thought anyone would find that interesting.

Blackgriffin | March 19, 2023 at 1:20 pm

I hope everyone scrolled down and listened to the Ron DeSantis “response” someone created and posted to Twitter. I’m glad I wasn’t taking a drink when I started listening to that. My screen would have been covered in coffee.

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