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“HURT”: How does Kimberly Guilfoyle get away with threatening DeSantis?

“HURT”: How does Kimberly Guilfoyle get away with threatening DeSantis?


One might almost think that Trump is afraid of Florida Gov. DeSantis. The polls say Trump has little to worry about when it comes to the governor but only fear explains why Kimberly Guilfoyle made a near-criminal threat to the man.

“Kim” promised that if DeSantis continues his campaign he would get “hurt” and “damaged,” and not lightly either, but “badly.”

DeSantis is polling 36 points behind Trump according to CBS News’s May 1st poll!

But quotes like this, From the U.K.’s Independent, make DeSantis sound like the race is neck and neck. Guilfoyle said:

“You’re gonna run against Donald Trump, you are going to get hurt and damaged badly,” said Ms. Guilfoyle, who lives in Florida with Donald Trump, Jr. “That is the problem. So by the time Trump is done – we saw this before, 16 people, one after the next, fell off the stage – you’re gonna end up in the junkyard, and you’re not gonna be in good shape for 2028.”

“That’s just a fact,” she said.

Outside of the political context, if one got an email that used those words, it wouldn’t be an overreaction to call the police and report it.

That’s just a fact.

As if the threat were not enough, childish Kimberly Guilfoyle then taunted DeSantis as being too childish to play with the mean girls and bad boys:

She claimed that it was “not time to go into Toys R Us, strap on the training wheels, and take a spin around the aisle and see if it works out.”

This is beyond stupid on so many levels.

First, it violates the rule that you never, ever, give your main rival free “air time” by mentioning his name over and over.

Of course, Trump does the same thing daily, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, it makes it even worse.

These statements and all the Truth Social posts give DeSantis a level of legitimacy that his current polling doesn’t warrant.

The Trump camp must be blissfully unaware of the fact that it also reeks of fear.

DeSantis has been bleeding support on his own and, the more he’s left to himself, the worse he seems to do.

Anytime someone from Trump’s camp states the governor’s name as if he’s a threat it undoes some of DeSantis’s self-inflicted damage.

Second, as applied to Kimberly Guilfoyle personally, it is a bad idea for any Floridian to so vociferously and needlessly cross DeSantis.

DeSantis must be stopped on a state and national level so there is definitely a time and place to challenge DeSantis — but one has to pick their spot and have a legitimate end goal.

No state government is more “personal” than Florida’s.

It embodies DeSantis’s every whim to the point that he’s now blatantly violating federal election law and perhaps even criminal laws by shaking down lobbyists for donations.

If Kimberly and Don Jr. ever need a building permit or have some issue with the state, they can almost expect to have a much more difficult time. Ask Disney about the roadblocks that DeSantis can throw out as a personal temper tantrum.

In the exact same way that everything is personal to Trump, DeSantis seems physiologically incapable of just letting a slight fall off the duckhead’s back. The difference is that DeSantis has a much tighter grip on every element of Florida’s government, much more so than Trump had over the federal government.

As an aside, the above reality, that both DeSantis and Trump used their office to run what they considered their fiefdom is an ominous sign going into 2024.

Kimberly already lives in DeSantis’s fiefdom and polls are utterly meaningless if she finds herself at odds with “Florida.”

She could get hurt. Badly.

I can be reached at and on Twitter @JasonMiciak.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Jason Miciak
Jason Miciak is an associate editor and opinion writer for Occupy Democrats. He's a Canadian-American who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a trained attorney, but for the last five years, he's devoted his time to writing political news and analysis. He enjoys life on the Gulf Coast as a single dad to a 15-year-old daughter. Hobbies include flower pots, cooking, and doing what his daughter tells him they're doing. Sign up to get all of my posts by email right here:

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