I Knew the DeSantis Campaign Reminded Me of Something...
DeSantis and Cruz both went all-in on anti-trans politics in their presidential bids.
Hey all! Parker here.
I’d like to offer a big thanks to Assigned Media’s Evan Urquhart for contributing yesterday’s guest essay about Ron DeSantis, ambition, and bigotry. I loved it. If you missed it, please check it out here:
When editing that piece, I was reminded that this was exactly how Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign played out, as well.
Deep into the primary, Cruz needed what amounted to a miracle to overcome Trump. He decided to go all-in on arguing that Trump was insufficiently anti-trans. By this point, Trump had endorsed some wildly transphobic policies, many of which he would enact, so it was pretty goofy on Cruz’s part — as it was on DeSantis’s part — to think this would work.