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DeSantis Campaign Uses AI Deepfakes in
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Posted By: earlybird, 6/10/2023 4:48:08 PM

Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his 2024 presidential campaign have come under criticism for using fake images generated with artificial intelligence (AI) depicting former President Donald Trump with Dr. Anthony Fauci. A Twitter account called DeSantis War Room shared a video showing several images of Trump and Fauci, three of which depicted Trump hugging and kissing Fauci on the face with the caption “REAL LIFE TRUMP,” suggesting a close relationship. “Donald Trump became a household name by FIRING countless people *on television.* But when it came to Fauci …,” (snip) the three images showing Trump hugging and kissing Fauci were later identified as fake and AI-generated by AFP Fact Check.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thomthomp 6/10/2023 4:58:43 PM (No. 1489130)
DeSantis needs to run an honest campaign and get rid of any political "advisors" who are leading him to do this kind of Democrap stuff. Otherwise he will permanently tarnish his brand. I'm already liking him a lot less than I used to, thinking he is beginning to look less like Trump 2 point oh and more like a retread of JEB!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Quigley 6/10/2023 5:19:08 PM (No. 1489137)
Trump has been criticized so much for his "smash mouth" as some critics have called it. Personally, I prefer a politician who does his own dirty work rather than one who has surrogates go do it so he can be all sanctimonious. Maybe that's the origin of Trump's "de sanctimonious" name for Ron. In any event, I consider fake much more despicable than smash mouth or anything Trump has ever done, including the recent attacks on the 2 women who worked for him (I never heard/read the attacks, so I am presuming they happened as reported.)
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Reply 3 - Posted by: JoElla Bee 6/10/2023 5:28:48 PM (No. 1489139)
He has already tarnished himself, imo. I originally thought he had been tricked into running in ‘24, by the GOP Trump haters. But, an honest person that had been deceived would never go along with the increasing dishonesty in which he willingly participates. He is not the person I thought him to be. He is living down to those so-called “mean”, or “brash”, comments about him by Trump. Looks like this is something else that can be added to the list of things Trump was right about.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Cindiana 6/10/2023 5:37:39 PM (No. 1489145)
Knock it off, Governor. I'm MAGA and want to confidently vote for you if that's how this rolls out.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: chumley 6/10/2023 5:38:01 PM (No. 1489147)
The longer he stays on the national stage, the more disappointing he becomes. Six months ago I could have voted for him without reservation. Now, hes rapidly becoming Romney or Christie.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 6/10/2023 5:39:12 PM (No. 1489148)
I get campaign ads which show side by side images and words to compare and contrast candidates and ideas. But fake images should be disqualifying behavior - no exception. This will become ever more frequent and believable if not squelched NOW.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: snakeoil 6/10/2023 5:43:27 PM (No. 1489152)
Love both Don and Ron. Both would make great POTUS. But, Don has had attacks ads against Ron for months. What's wrong with returning fire? The attack ads aimed at the Florida Governor is that he proposed a national sales tax. What the attack ad fails to mention is that it would totally replace the IRS. The IRS was established in 1913. Prior to that date the USA managed to fund itself. Why is the IRS sacred? The IRS is purchasing guns and ammo. Why do you think they are buying weapons for? The IRS is part of the Swamp. They are part of the demoncraps plan to destroy America.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Plex 6/10/2023 5:50:23 PM (No. 1489154)
The bad side of AI. Nothing, nothing, is believable anymore.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: minuteman 6/10/2023 5:54:31 PM (No. 1489156)
Deepfake DeSantis.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Citoyen 6/10/2023 6:09:27 PM (No. 1489159)
As someone thoroughly disgusted by the atrocious TV ads slamming DeSantis I am sorry that his side is using AI technology to slam Trump. No need for any of this. Shame on both campaigns.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/10/2023 6:26:17 PM (No. 1489167)
I have frankly come around to NO TRUMP (1 term only) and NO BIDEN obviously. Go DeSantis and whatever animal the Dems can manage. Enough is enough already. Indict and jail them both.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: ChattyCatsSusan 6/10/2023 6:43:31 PM (No. 1489181)
RDS needs to dump the Bush cabal, including Karl Rove. Because they are all Never Trumpers and we do not need the Bush influence back in the WH ever again. Two Bush presidents was plenty. RDS doesn't seem to have the spine to step up and condemn anything at the moment until he is absolutely forced to do so. Do we really need that in the WH again?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird 6/10/2023 6:53:14 PM (No. 1489189)
Re attack ads,those made with manipulated iimages are downright lies. You want that in the White House? Never.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: daisey 6/10/2023 7:17:54 PM (No. 1489201)
DeSantis is a typical down and dirty rino. He is not a young Trump. Not even close.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: judy 6/10/2023 7:50:19 PM (No. 1489212)
A1 reminds me of the JD…you can’t believe anything they say!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: happywarrior 6/10/2023 8:01:29 PM (No. 1489217)
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Reply 17 - Posted by: SALady 6/10/2023 8:20:52 PM (No. 1489220)
Sadly, every day that DeSantis is in the public eye, he is looking more and more like George W. Bush. Popular governor of a solidly red state. Attractive family. Majority Republican state legislature that can and will pass pretty much anything he wants -- making him look extremely strong. Popular among the people of the state and even with the MSM in his state. George W. Bush reincarnated. But once elected on the national stage, suddenly attacked and sabotaged by both the Demon-Rats and the RINO Republi-Can'ts in Congress every step of the way, life and reality are far different. DeSantis needs to publicly apologize and fire the people responsible for this ad from his campaign immediately!!!!!
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Reply 18 - Posted by: NeonVortex 6/10/2023 9:02:39 PM (No. 1489233)
The fact that DeSantis hasn't suspended his campaign in support of Trump and the American people against these scurrilous deep state attacks tells you all you need to know about this guy.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: earlybird 6/10/2023 10:25:16 PM (No. 1489250)
If, as is apparently common knowledge, his former TV anchor/TV host wife, savvy in every aspect of TV, is the #1 person in his campaign, (1)it would be plausible that this would have been her idea; so (2)not likely to be fired.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: YorkieMom 6/10/2023 11:26:44 PM (No. 1489267)
Trump is the only one who has never done anything wrong, correct? Shame on mean old DeSantis.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 6/11/2023 7:27:04 AM (No. 1489355)
Our whole political theater is a Deepfake.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Moritz55 6/11/2023 7:46:10 AM (No. 1489369)
Stupid move. Fire whoever thought it up.
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