DeSantis’ New Yorker profile includes Trump interview


New in-depth profile for Gov. Ron DeSantis in New Yorker The magazine features interviews with everyone from President Donald Trump to the governor’s father who calls his son “stubborn.”

The article also says those in Trump’s orbit are trying to “burn DeSantis” as the governor’s popularity grows within the former president’s rival Republican Party.

The New York City residents Interest in DeSantis is another sign that his national profile continues to grow amid talk of his ability to run for president.

who are they? DeSantis has the support of a billionaire, with at least 42 backing him

Here are five notes from the article:

Trump World is trying to “burn DeSantis”.

Various reports have indicated tension between Trump and Diantes. Trump said New Yorker Writer Dexter Filkins they have a “very good relationship” and he is “proud of Bron”. But other sources told Filkins that “as DeSantis has grown in popularity, tension has grown to resentment.” From the article:

Trump told me he’s “very close to making a decision” about running. “I don’t know if Ron is running,” he said, “and I don’t ask him.” “That is his prerogative. I think I will win.” In nearly every poll of potential Republican rivals, Trump still had a strong advantage: DeSantis was Trump’s number one constituency. Trump seems to want to keep it that way. A consultant who has worked with several Republican candidates said the former president spoke with confidants about ways to stop DeSantis: “Trump World is working overtime to find ways to burn down DeSantis. They really hate him.”

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DeSantis’ father is talkative

When Filkins knocked on the door of DeSantis’ parents’ home in Dunedin, Florida, Ron DeSantis Sr. initially said “I’d rather not talk to you.” But it seems he couldn’t help himself. DeSantis’ father went on to describe his son as a “stubborn” child. From the article:

“If he puts his mind to something, you can’t shake it.” DeSantis pointed to the street, where he and his son used to play catch; There were ball courts nearby, where he had coached Ron’s small teams. “I tried not to favor him, and Ron didn’t like it,” said the young DeSantis who attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and then Dunedin High School, where he was a star player. He was focused and motivated, his father said, adding, “He didn’t get that from me.” DeSantis scored in the 99th percentile on his SAT and was accepted into Yale University, his father said, “That’s still the thing I’m most proud of.” But he didn’t like to make too many of them. “Everyone wants to brag about their kids, and people ask me about Ron. I try to be humble.”

Pushaw ‘The Most Powerful Woman in Florida’

DeSantis combat spokeswoman Christina Bucho has risen to prominence by directing the same fight that her boss is famous for. From the article:

Its ferocity impresses with caution. “She’s the most powerful woman in Florida,” an adviser to several Republican candidates told me. “Ron loves her, because she says things he wouldn’t even say.”

DeSantis is seen as “recluse” and “selfish”

Describing the governor as aloof and uncomfortable with retail politics is nothing new, but the New Yorker article reinforces DeSantis’ perception as an especially unattractive figure in intimate settings. There’s also a particularly stark quote from a former college baseball teammate who describes DeSantis as “the most selfish person I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve always loved people who embarrass and humiliate them.” From the article:

People who work closely with him describe a man so aloof that he sometimes finds it difficult to hold a conversation. “He’s uncomfortable involving others,” a political leader who saw him often told me. “He walks into the meeting and doesn’t acknowledge the rest of us. No eye contact and little or no interaction. The moment I started asking him a question, his head shivered. You could tell he didn’t want to be there.” Nearly everyone I spoke to who knew DeSantis commented on his influence: his lack of curiosity toward others, his indifferent table manners, and his dislike of the political ritual of dispensing with handshakes and questions about children. One of his former colleagues told me that his behavior stems from the conviction that others have advantages that he is denied. “Anger comes to him more easily because he has a chip on his shoulder,” she said. “He’s a serious guy. Move her.”

DeSantis ignores UF experts who have spent years preparing for the pandemic

The governor takes pride in violating expert consensus on pandemic policies. He even ignored a University of Florida scientist who had been specifically recruited to “steer the state” during a pandemic. From the article:

Early in the pandemic, Scott Rifkes, the state’s surgeon general, held a conference call to many of Florida’s leading public health experts. At the end of the meeting, he announced that it would be the last. Among those excluded was Glenn Morris, an epidemiologist who was appointed by the University of Florida in 2007 to create a center that would help guide the state through the next pandemic. “We’ve spent years preparing for this moment,” Morris told me. When the pandemic began, Morris and his colleagues at the University of Florida in Gainesville remained in close contact with the state health department. Two or three times a week, the department shared new data, and a group of epidemiologists analyzed it, to inform the research and make recommendations to the state and mldr; Epidemiologists say that in June 2020, the Ministry of Health ended the relationship and stopped sharing data … “The only reason you don’t collect data is because you don’t want to know what the data says,” said Derek Cummings, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida. “The recommendations we were making were constantly in conflict with state policy.”

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