He Fights?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during an Iowa GOP reception on May 13, 2023 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Yesterday my boss paused for a perspective check about the most provocative passage from an unusually provocative legal complaint, one accusing Rudy Giuliani of sexual assault.

We won’t hear that allegation mentioned in the coming primary, of course, for the simple and obvious reason that Republican voters would resent the candidate who brought it up more than they’d resent Trump for the behavior it describes.

“But wait,” you might say. “Republican voters love a ‘fighter.’ Wouldn’t they respect a Mike Pence or a Nikki Haley for getting in Trump’s face about this?”

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