Ron DeSantis’s Extremism is Setting Up His Presidential Run
The Florida governor is concocting a successful political recipe that can take him and the GOP’s hateful vision back to the White House
If you want a sneak preview of how the GOP will use the culture wars to establish minority rule for their radicalized and weaponized base then you need to pay attention to Florida under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The Ivy-league educated elitist governor of the sunshine state has already amassed a war chest of more than $100 million dollars for his next election thanks to mega right-wing donors and grassroots MAGA acolytes who see him as the future leader of the GOP and their march for white Christian nationalism. If Donald Trump is the current mob boss and head of the Republican empire, then DeSantis is an ambitious capo, impatiently waiting in the wings for the boss to get his wings clipped or to permanently sleep with the fishes.
DeSantis, like Governor Abbott of Texas, has realized that in order to win the fealty of Republican voters he doesn’t need to address or provide any tangible solutions for the numerous pressing problems facing his constituents. Through his recent actions, DeSantis has realized that in order to become the next King of MAGA, he just has to feed the base red meat for their unending culture war and follow the script handed down by Fox News and its Valkyries of white nationalism, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.
The easiest way to achieve this perverse goal is to attack women, people of color and marginalized communities while pretending to protect the safety and security of children. Manufactured villains like CRT and QAnon conspiracy theories go a long way to further terrify parents that liberals are trying to “groom” their kids into becoming self-hating, gay Marxists who hate America.
Who needs facts when you have triggering emotional porn? Not Republican leaders like DeSantis.
Instead, Republicans cosplay as warriors for freedoms and liberties, which is why DeSantis tweeted in praise of an unqualified, right-wing federal judge in Florida who just overturned the federal mask mandate on airplanes. However, that freedom is only limited to…