Here we go: Vanity Fair claims Ron DeSantis is more 'dangerous' than Trump, compares him to...Genghis Khan?
Vanity Fair wants you to know that Governor Ron DeSantis isn't based or cool. Oh no. He's actually "dAnGeRoUs to dEmOcRaCy". Not only that, he might be even more dangerous than - gasp - Donald J. Trump. The Orange Man himself.
\u201cSome media outlets are pushing the narrative that Ron DeSantis is a kinder, gentler version of Trump, says @MollyJongFast. But there\u2019s a fair bit of evidence to suggest DeSantis is as dangerous as Trump\u2014if not more. https://t.co/plRo8ncFSh\u201d— VANITY FAIR (@VANITY FAIR) 1676571813
"DeSantis is like Shakespeare compared to the former president. He doesn’t talk about grabbing people by their genitals or dating his daughter. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that these days Trump is the poor man’s DeSantis, which is pretty ironic because DeSantis created himself in the image of Trump."
The article goes on to claim DeSantis has governed Florida like a "banana republic" and uses "every opportunity to target and demonize groups that have already been targeted and demonized throughout history". He's like "the Genghis Khan of social issues."
No seriously. The author compares Ron DeSantis to Genghis Khan, the brutal Mongolian serial rapist. For not wanting children to see pornography. The horror.
So what's the evidence of DeSantis's danger to democracy? "He has relentlessly attacked the LGBTQ+ community, urged the Florida medical board to outlaw transgender therapy for minors, and passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. When not targeting school boards and transgender athletes, he’s fighting with the College Board about AP African American studies or trying to turn the small progressive New College into “a Hillsdale of the South."
Sounds good to me!
But wait: the real kicker comes at the very end of the article when it basically turns into an endorsement for Nikki Haley: "This week, Nikki Haley announced her campaign for president. It was like a delightful throwback to the time of Mitt Romney, when Republicans spoke of governing by American ideals [...] But we already know Haley has almost no shot at the nomination. Why? Because she likely won’t take the autocratic posture that news organizations, straining to appear nonpartisan while covering an increasingly anti-democratic party, will chalk up as serving “red meat” for the Republican base."
Yeah guys, don't you want another Mitt Romney? He's the absolute epitome of conservative ideals. Can't think of anyone better.