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PUDDIN’-GATE: DeSantis Under Fire for Eating Pudding With Fingers

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Is it permissible to eat pudding with your fingers?

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is embroiled in a major culinary scandal. Headlines blaring across the nation today shocked over the Republican governor’s table manners. 

The Daily Beast reports DeSantis was once seen using three fingers instead of a spoon to slurp down a chocolate pudding cup. 

Sorta like Winnie-the-Pooh stuffing his paw in a honey pot. 

Unnamed staffers say he eats like a quote – “starving animal.”

The chatter over DeSantis’s public engagement has also surfaced past unflattering stories about his social skills—particularly, his propensity to devour food during meetings. “He would sit in meetings and eat in front of people,” a former DeSantis staffer told the Daily Beast, “always like a starving animal who has never eaten before…getting shit everywhere.”

Enshrined in DeSantis lore is an episode from four years ago: During a private plane trip from Tallahassee to Washington, DC, in March of 2019, DeSantis enjoyed a chocolate pudding dessert—by eating it with three of his fingers, according to two sources familiar with the incident.

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Reporters have also been quick to point out that President Trump is serving Kentucky Fried Chicken on his airplane. And his proclivity to McDonald’s has been well-documented.

The eating habits of candidates have always been a source of faux controversy among reporters.

In 2008 Mitt Romney faced a public rebuke by Mike Huckabee after he took the skin off a piece of fried chicken. You just don’t do that in the South. 

I wrote a chapter about that incident in my book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”

And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was caught eating a slice of pizza with a knife and fork. 

Meanwhile, President Biden is slurping rice pudding and chugging cans of Ensure. But he gets a pass. 

On the other hand, President Trump may have just landed the perfect nickname for “Meatball Ron.” How about “Puddin’ Fingers”?

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