Unfolding in the political arena is a glaring conflict between the Trump campaign and its former communications director, Erin Perrine. The campaign launched a scathing attack on Perrine after she allied herself with a super PAC supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a perceived political rival of Donald Trump. The campaign's vitriolic social media post labelled Perrine a 'grifter' and 'traitor,' drawing the ire of critics who decried this behavior as demonstrative of a 'cult.'
Amidst the political maneuvering, the Trump campaign's criticism of Perrine was not limited to her affiliation with DeSantis. The campaign also used the term 'DeSanctimonious,' a derogatory nickname coined by Trump for DeSantis, to further denigrate her. The attack sparked considerable backlash on social media, with critics condemning the campaign's treatment of its former staff, particularly women.
Trump Campaign Under Fire
Despite the mounting criticism, the campaign's Twitter account, Trump War Room, persisted in its disparagement of Perrine. The account also seemed to issue a veiled warning to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo for featuring Perrine on her show 'Mornings with Maria.' Observers have called into question the campaign's decision to focus on attacking a former staffer rather than directing resources towards the upcoming 2024 campaign.
Perrine, who had joined the DeSantis-supporting super PAC, Never Back Down, was reportedly dismissed in early December. During her appearance on Fox Business, she discussed the upcoming 2024 election, underlining President Biden's eroding support among key voter blocs and the potential influence of a third-party candidate.