Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed to wear a boot on his head if former President Donald Trump agrees to debate him.
Appearing on Newsmax this Thursday, DeSantis offered up the vow during a discussion with host Eric Bolling about the Trump campaign’s obsession with his cowboy boots.
“There are these gotcha people — these people who just wanna sit there and they wanna talk about how tall you are, whether you’re wearing boots with what do they call it … heel extenders,” Bolling said to him.
“I mean, governor, the southern border is a disaster, terrorists are coming across the border, we got two wars that we’re funding, and they want to talk about how tall you are!? Please respond,” the frustrated host added.
DeSantis, a 2024 presidential candidate, responded by suggesting the Trump campaign should focus its rhetoric on more important things.
“This is no time for foot fetishes. We’ve got serious problems as a country,” he declared. “We’ve got war in the Middle East. We’ve got terrorists coming across our own southern border. We have an American dream that’s out of reach for millions of Americans because of the Biden inflation and the high energy prices.”
“We’ve got schools that are indoctrinating kids, not educating kids, and we’ve got cities that are being overrun by crime. I know people want to try to divert to other issues. I know Donald Trump and a lot of his people have been focusing on things like footwear,” he added before trotting out the vow.
“I’ll tell you this. You know, if Donald Trump can summon the balls to show up to the debate, I’ll wear a boot on my head. This is a time for substance. This is a time for us to debate the issues that matter to the American people,” he said.
The governor’s remarks triggered mockery from Trump supporters who accused him of being desperate for any attention he could get.
Begging for attention like a desperate circus act. Clown antics.
— I am Freely Based (@FreelyBased) November 3, 2023
He is so desperate. Trump doesn’t need to debate him. He needs to go out and make his own case and he can’t. He is failing miserably.
— jjnewboots (@jjnewboots) November 3, 2023
Nice try Ron, but you wouldn’t make for a squeezable pimple on Trump’s ass nevermind taking the time to debate you. You can’t get over 12% in a poll FFS
— AbsoluteNonsense (@AbsoluteNo72692) November 3, 2023
He wants so bad to be relevant. It’s like a guy who can’t take the hint that a girl is not interested in him. It’s actually pathetic at this point. He had my vote for 2028. Not anymore.
— Joe (@Freestar2221) November 3, 2023
— Honkamoto17 ⚡️ (@Honkamoto1775) November 3, 2023
DeSantis’ cowboy boots have been the topic of discussion for several weeks now, with his fiercest critics claiming he wears some sort of heels within them to look taller.
In fact, Politico ran a whole story about this controversy titled, “3 Expert Shoemakers Say Ron DeSantis Is Probably Wearing Height Boosters.”
The internet is obsessed with one question: Is Ron DeSantis wearing height-boosting inserts in his boots? Menswear writer @dieworkwear asked three expert shoemakers — and all of them said yes.https://t.co/KtOnlJezdT
— POLITICO (@politico) October 31, 2023
“I’ve dealt with these politicians many times. I’ve helped them with their lifts. [DeSantis] is wearing lifts; there’s no doubt,” one of the so-called experts, bootmaker Zephan Parker, told the outlet.
There were reportedly two giveaways.
“At a DeSantis campaign event in Tampa, a photo was taken of him from his side, showing the governor in his black cowboy boots and navy worsted suit. Traditional Western boots are typically built with an elevated heel, ranging from 1 1/2” to 1 7/8”. DeSantis’ boots have a traditional Western silhouette, but, to Parker, the heels appear shorter,” Politico notes.
“When you stick inserts into cowboy boots, the combination of the height-increasing lifts and the heels can ‘turn them into five-inch stilettos,’ Parker says,” according to Politico.
“That’s too much for the common man. So on a ready-made boot, they’ll cut down the heel about half an inch to accommodate the lifts, which looks to be what happened here,” Parker explained in his own words.
The other giveaway, he added, was the boots’ tops, or shaft.
“Cowboy boots are made to fit snugly; on their website, Tecovas recommends getting boots sized so that you feel a rush of air leave the boot when your heels drop into place. But such a snug fit leaves little room for a wedge-shaped lift, so people who wear lifts often have to size up in width. This increases all the other measurements in tandem, including the circumference of the tops,” Politico notes.
Right now: Gov. DeSantis in Tampa touting endorsements from 60 Florida Sheriffs pic.twitter.com/B6Zw3jXf9f
— Aaron Parseghian WTSP (@AaronParseghian) October 5, 2023
The problem, as seen in the photo above, is that the tops are pushing against the governor’s trouser legs.
“He looks like he’s wearing trousers with an eight-inch opening, which is plenty of room for a Western boot on a man of his proportions,” Parker said.
He added that the fact that the tops push against the governor’s legs suggests “the boots are bigger than intended, probably to accommodate his lifts.”
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