Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a fundraiser on July 15, 2023 in Ankeny, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fairness is good for the soul even when the beneficiary doesn’t deserve it.

There are many in politics who don’t deserve it. Like Ron DeSantis.

No modern Republican has done more to normalize using state power to target cultural enemies than he has. It’s the core of his presidential campaign: His argument against Donald Trump is that Trump talks a good post-liberal game but the governor of Florida is the only one actually playing. DeSantis, not Trump, punched Disney in the face for criticizing right-wing policies, muscled tech companies on how they should police their social media platforms, demanded an investigation of COVID vaccines, and signed bills various and sundry aimed at LGBT constituencies.

He’s so keen to position himself as an enemy of gays that his own campaign aides have reportedly resorted to creating gay-baiting web videos and laundering them through friendly social-media users.

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