The former National Review blogger Ron DeSantis hired to do fascist memes for his campaign came up with a particularly spicy meatball:
Scoop: This staffer didn't just retweet the video.
He secretly made the video w/ the Sonnenrad, per a person familiar.
It was then shared through @desantiscams where the staffer retweeted it. The video was later deleted it but here it is.
My storyhttps://t.co/TBt0IMNQe0 https://t.co/Tutp4lM4On pic.twitter.com/DJdy71DzwD— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) July 25, 2023
Hochman was (perhaps understandably) unaware that the comparisons of DeSantis to Himmler were supposed to be left implicit, so he’s been sent to the great pudding bowl in the sky:
Nate Hochman, a prominent young Ron DeSantis staffer, was part of the slew of employees let go by the team this week, three sources familiar with the situation told Semafor.
“Nate Hochman is no longer with the campaign,” a campaign official confirmed.
The videos drew special attention after a New York Times story over the wekeend reported that a strange meme-filled anti-LGBT video shared by the campaign was made by a DeSantis staffer, and passed off to a different Twitter account. Noting style similarities between the anti-LGBT video and videos shared on the DeSantisCams account, Republican strategist Luke Thompson speculated that they may have been made by the same person.
The same day that the Times piece ran, Hochman was found to have shared a recent DeSantisCams video in which a depressed “wojack” character, unhappy with Donald Trump’s record, got excited about the Florida governor. It ended with the seal of Florida transforming into an apparent take on the ancient Sonnenrad, a symbol adopted by fascists, as soldiers marched in formation. The video was deleted after multiple accounts drew attention to that image.
I’m sure that the National Review will be happy to have him back!