The left’s attempt to hype a feud between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now moving into pop culture.
The Paramount+ network recently aired the season finale of its long-running show “The Good Fight,” a legal affairs drama.
In the episode, according to Fox News, a recurring character named Felix Staples, whom Fox describes as a “flamboyant, gay provocateur” tells a group of lawyers that DeSantis sexually assaulted him.
Staples claims Florida’s Republican governor forced him to have oral sex after a Conservative Political Action Conference when Staples was supposed to be an intern. He also maintains he has DNA to prove his accusation.
Fox notes that the plot calls for Diane Lockhart, the main character played by actress Christine Baranski, to be immediately skeptical of Staples’ claim. She even calls it “bulls–t.”
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Fox reports that as the episode continues the lawyers work to gather evidence to prove Staples is lying.
Ultimately, as Fox reports, Staples “confesses to fabricating the allegations to tarnish the Florida governor’s reputation, because it will put former President Trump ‘ahead in the polling’ in 2024’s presidential race.”
Fox’s report included the fractions of many commentators on the right.
Some actually defended the plot, saying a clip circulation on social media was out of context since the point was to expose Staples as an opportunist and a liar.
Yet others accepted it for what it was from a show that, when Trump was in office, once dabbled with the idea of assassinating the president.
“Let the smears begin,” tweeted Brent Baker of the conservative Media Research Center.
Conservative columnist Stephen L. Miller of the Spectator denounced the show as “unhinged.”
Harry Khachatrian, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, asked, “Is this kind of thing legal? I realize the whole free speech thing is pretty robust, but can you just insert a real public figure into your fictional movie and make him a sex offender?”