In a scathing critique on Wednesday, Donald Trump's campaign vehemently criticized its former communications director, Erin Perrine, labeling her a "grifter" following her defection to a super PAC supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the current election cycle.
Perrine, identified as a "former Trump campaign communications director" during her appearance on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria," faced disparagement from the Trump War Room account, branding her a "grifter" for leveraging her past association with Trump to secure television appearances.
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The campaign's tweet explicitly attacked her alignment with DeSantis and used a derogatory nickname favored by the former president.
“Look at this grifter @ErinMPerrine trying to use her previous Trump association to get on TV. She chose to side with DeSanctimonious and nothing can ever wash that foul stench of s— off her,” the Trump War Room account posted on X.
“MAGA disowns her and anyone else that associates/works with her. TRAITOR!” it added.
The attack on Perrine also seemed to serve as a cautionary message to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo about future bookings with her.
The campaign's conduct drew criticism on social media, with former NYPD officer John Cardillo condemning the campaign's treatment of departed staff and characterizing them as "sick cultist people."
Communications expert Ellen Carmichael expressed disapproval, highlighting the campaign's misplaced focus on attacking a former staffer instead of managing a 2024 campaign.
Perrine, who had reportedly been let go from the DeSantis-supporting Never Back Down PAC in early December, discussed the 2024 electoral landscape during her appearance on "Mornings With Maria."
She pointed out President Biden's decline in support among key demographics in recent polls, particularly noting potential shifts among black voters towards third-party candidates, which could impact Democrats in the 2024 election.
Perrine further argued that Democrats were grappling with an enthusiasm gap compared to Trump and suggested that despite the extended timeline until election day, the White House should be apprehensive about the looming November elections.