Trump campaign accuses DeSantis of plagiarizing ‘Great American Comeback’
Former President Donald Trump’s campaign has accused Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) of plagiarizing the 45th president’s “Great American Comeback” phrase after his campaign kicked off on Wednesday.
In his campaign announcement video, DeSantis touted his vision “to lead our great American comeback,” which was also the caption that accompanied the ad when he tweeted it.
I’m running for president to lead our Great American Comeback. pic.twitter.com/YmkWkLaVDg
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) May 24, 2023
Hours later, Trump’s campaign noted that the 45th president used those exact words during his third State of the Union address.
“In the midst of a catastrophic launch failure, Ron DeSantis announced his candidacy with ‘Great American Comeback,’ a phrase stolen from President Donald J. Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address,” the campaign said. in a statement shared via email.
Ron DeSantis Copies President Trump’s ‘Great American Comeback’ pic.twitter.com/huS4DHN8Ff
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) May 25, 2023
Additionally, Trump used the phrase in his first State of the Union sentence after acknowledging then-President Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and then-Vice President Mike Pence:
Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are skyrocketing, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is rising, and our country is once again prosperous and highly respected… America’s enemies are on the run, the fortunes of America is on the rise and America’s future is blazing.
Trump teased the theme ahead of the State of the Union, as USA today noted at the time. He also ran an ad during the 2020 general election titled “Great American Comeback.”
The accusation comes shortly after DeSantis launched his campaign during a Twitter space with the platform’s CEO, Elon Musk. The announcement started with extreme technical difficulties, with repeated cuts in the audio, and they finally launched a new Twitter space after several minutes.
Trump’s team hit out at the DeSantis campaign over issues with his exit.
“Perhaps the communications staff at DeSantis were preoccupied with trying to douse the flames of their candidate’s ad to come up with their own message,” the campaign wrote.
The conundrum for DeSantis comes hours after fellow candidate, former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), slammed him for “copying Trump” from policies to hand gestures while speaking with Paul Steinhauser about FoxNews.
2024 Watch-NEW: @NikkiHaley – in New Hampshire as @RonDeSantis set to announce candidacy tonight, claims Florida governor ‘copycats’ #DonaldTrump – “He must be his own person” https://t.co/0GmRir5bMu #2024Election #FITN #cpol #iacaucus #flapol #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/UWwsnGxskn
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) May 24, 2023
I’m just mentioning what everyone is saying. I mean, you look at the fact, the way he talks, the way his hand gestures are, the fact that he moved his policies. From Ukraine and Russia to rights reform – he made a total of 180. All of this is copying Trump. He must be his own person. He has to come out and say what he believes, what he thinks. If he’s just going to be an echo for Trump, people will just vote for Trump.
Steven Cheung, Trump campaign spokesperson accused DeSantis for also “stealing” Trump’s policy platform regarding the college accreditation system.
President Trump proposed it a few weeks ago. DeSantis is just stealing politics now. https://t.co/cG71zZJQ97 https://t.co/aVmBEqRUAn
—Steven Cheung (@TheStevenCheung) May 25, 2023