Former President Donald Trump has pointed the finger at his rival, Ron DeSantis, alleging that the flyers claiming Melania Trump is ‘missing’ were orchestrated by the Florida governor. The incident unfolded during a high-stakes presidential rivalry at an Iowa college football game, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Trump shared a post from Laura Loomer, a close ally, on his Truth Social account, in which Loomer accused DeSantis of trolling the Trumps. The flyers in question featured a photo of the former first lady with the caption ‘Where’s Melania?’ along with the contact number for the Mar-a-Lago security office. In addition to the flyers, a plane flew overhead trailing a banner that read ‘Where’s Melania?’
Immediately, speculation swirled that the DeSantis team was behind the stunt, prompting Trump allies to take to social media to cast blame on the Florida governor.
Some believed this act was a response to the Trump campaign flying an aerial banner over the Iowa State Fair earlier in the summer, bearing the message ‘Be Likeable, Ron!’ This jab by Trump was aimed at the perception that DeSantis struggled to connect with voters on the campaign trail.
The former president came to the defense of his wife, Melania, who has not been seen in public with him for nearly a year. He reposted Loomer’s accusation against the DeSantis campaign, denouncing their alleged encouragement of Iowans ‘to harass the former First Lady of the United States’ as ‘classless and disgusting.’ As of now, the DeSantis campaign has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
The flyer distributed at the game read: ‘Have you seen this woman? Where is our First Lady? Why is Donald Trump hiding her? We miss her. Please call 561-832-2600 if found.’
Melania Trump’s public appearances have been scarce over the past year, with her last appearance alongside her husband dating back to November 15, 2022, when he announced his 2024 presidential bid at Mar-a-Lago. While Melania has voiced support for her husband’s re-election campaign, she has not attended any of his campaign events in the past ten months.