The Reaganite

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives remarks at the Heritage Foundation's 50th Anniversary Leadership Summit on April 21, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Ron DeSantis is, by most accounts, not what you would call a “people person.” 

DeSantis is prickly. He keeps his advisers at arm’s length, has a reputation for being cold and remote, doesn’t have many close friends, and trusts almost no one other than his wife. 

Finally, a Reaganite!

Ronald Reagan was famously walled-off, not only from friends and colleagues but even from much of his family, including his children, with his wife, Nancy, being his only real intimate—all of which will sound very familiar to DeSantis watchers. 

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