'This is no time for foot fetishes': DeSantis responds to jabs at shoes by suggesting Trump doesn't 'have the balls' to debate him, says he'll wear a boot on his head if he does

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to effort and conflict backmost against erstwhile President Donald Trump and hit allegations he wears lifts and precocious heels that masquerade arsenic boots. 

Trump and different opponents person put out conspiracy theories that nan campaigner uses lifts successful his boots to look taller.

Speaking to Eric Bolling Thursday, DeSantis took connected nan claims again and tried to deed backmost astatine Trump for his deficiency of attendance astatine Republican Primary debates.

'This is nary clip for ft fetishes, we've sewage superior problems successful nan country,' DeSantis said, earlier explaining nan myriad problems pinch nan state nether existent President Joe Biden.

'I cognize Donald Trump and a batch of his group person been focusing connected things for illustration footwear. I'll show you this: if Donald Trump tin summon nan balls to show up to debate, I'll deterioration a footwear connected my head!'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to effort and conflict backmost against erstwhile President Donald Trump and hit allegations he wears lifts and precocious heels that masquerade arsenic boots

WATCH — DeSantis questions whether Trump tin “summon nan balls” to show up and debate; laughs disconnected Team Trump’s weird liking successful men’s feet.

"This is nary clip for ft fetishes. We've sewage superior problems arsenic a country.” pic.twitter.com/KTI4tSHctr

— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) November 3, 2023

Trump has yet to respond to nan offer, having astir precocious posted astir DeSantis connected Truth Social earlier today, joking that Fox News has 'given up' connected nan Florida politician and moved connected to 'Birdbrain' Nikki Haley.

The erstwhile president has refused to show up astatine nan first 2 GOP debates and shows nary signs of attending Friday's 3rd debate, having antecedently cited his lead successful nan polls.

Trump is astatine 43 percent among apt superior voters in caller Des Moines Register poll.

He has amassed a 27-point lead complete his closest rivals with, DeSantis astatine 16 per cent, arsenic is erstwhile South Carolina Gov. Haley – though she arrived location aft a 10-point summation from August. 

DeSantis drifted down from 19 per cent that month. Haley is nan only campaigner successful nan study to execute a important jump.

Earlier this week, DeSantis sat down pinch podcaster Patrick Bet-David, who showed nan 2024 Republican hopeful images from a viral TikTok video of DeSantis successful his boots successful which nan creator asked, 'tell maine he's not wearing hidden heels.' 

TikTok personification Spamellina had sketched nan style of a precocious bottommost complete nan photograph of DeSantis successful his boots and past shared a image of a brace of women's wedged boots for comparison.

Bet-David assumed, wrongly, that DeSantis' unit had clued him successful connected nan cheeky conspiracy mentation and past had to explain, 'OK, what they're trying to opportunity pinch this is that successful your boots you person heels.' 

Trump and different opponents person put retired conspiracy theories that nan campaigner uses lifts successful his boots to look taller

Trump has yet to respond to nan offer, having astir precocious posted astir DeSantis connected Truth Social earlier today, joking that Fox News has 'given up' connected nan Florida politician and moved connected to 'Birdbrain' Nikki Haley

Podcaster Patrick Bet-David (left) asked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (right) astir a viral video that pushed a conspiracy mentation that nan 2024 hopeful's heeled boots contained existent precocious heels 

TikTok personification Spamellina had sketched nan style of a precocious bottommost complete nan photograph of DeSantis successful his boots and past shared a image of a brace of women's wedged boots for comparison

'No, no, nary those are conscionable standard, disconnected nan rack Lucchese,' said DeSantis, name-dropping a celebrated cowboy footwear brand. 

Bet-David trim DeSantis disconnected to inquire nan politician his height.

'5'11'',' DeSantis answered. 

Bet-David past asked why DeSantis didn't deterioration tennis shoes aliases dress shoes. 

'I do deterioration tennis shoes erstwhile I activity out, yeah, 100 percent,' DeSantis answered. 

The podcaster said he went footwear shopping astatine Ferragamo for nan governor, putting a reddish shopping container betwixt them. 

'I don't judge gifts, I can't judge it,' DeSantis said crossed nan table. 'I'm sorry.' 

The 2024 statesmanlike candidate, who has seen his canvass numbers flatline down erstwhile President Donald Trump, past referenced Yogi Berra, noting really nan iconic Yankees catcher 'doesn't look for illustration a Yankee.' 

DeSantis surprised Bet-David by divulging that he hadn't heard that location was a conspiracy mentation astir his boots containing precocious heels 

'And Yogi's fundamentally for illustration OK, you tin opportunity I'm disfigured that's fine, but you don't deed a shot pinch your face,' DeSantis said. 

'And truthful what we're doing is, really I deliberation doing nan issues, nan leadership, group that are poking astatine you for different things - that's fine, but yet that is not - I deliberation it's a motion of strength,' nan campaigner added. 

Bet-David utilized DeSantis being unaware of nan precocious bottommost rumors to much broadly condemn nan governor's 'marketing team.' 

'I'm a large instrumentality of yours, OK, I'm not a instrumentality of your trading team, I'm conscionable not,' Bet-David said. 'I deliberation your book was a miss.' 

DeSantis asked why it was a miss. 

'It was nan No. 1 book int he state for 2 weeks,' nan Florida politician pointed out. 

Bet-David pushed that it could person been bigger. 

'Yeah that's not a agelong clip though,' nan salient YouTuber said. 'You're nan feline that should beryllium nan starring feline for president,' he said. 

DeSantis was agelong considered Trump's astir formidable force successful nan 2024 GOP superior and had a beardown capacity successful nan 2nd GOP statement but his run has yet to drawback fire. 

The latest polling retired of Iowa, nan authorities that holds nan first GOP caucus, showed Trump pinch 43 percent support and DeSantis and erstwhile U.N. Amb. Nikki Haley tied for 2nd spot pinch conscionable 16 percent each of nan imaginable Iowa Republican vote. 

Sen. Marco Rubio, who was among nan Republicans who mislaid nan 2016 statesmanlike superior to Trump, besides took power for wearing heeled boots connected nan run trail.  


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