Thursday, July 13, 2023

Casey DeSantis channeling Anita Bryant in sad attempt to save husband's flailing presidential campaign

Florida activist and former state legislator Carlos Guillermo Smith got it right with this tweet about how the Ron DeSantis presidential campaign is attempting to use his wife Casey as a political asset. 

And how it's actually not a good look.

 In the 1970s, Anita Bryant became infamous with her attacks on the LGBTQ community. She was probably the first who recognized how homophobia disguised as Christian faith can be a devasting political tool. And she used it with abandon.  She made horribly inaccurate claims about how gays are recruiting children and then used her "Christian beliefs" to shield herself from accusations of bigotry. It was successful for her at first, but her crusade eventually destroyed her career and marriage. 

Mrs. DeSantis is obviously copying Bryant's modus operandi of scapegoating LGBTQ people, even down to the 'recruiting' narrative. While I certainly don't wish ruin for the DeSantis marriage, I sincerely hope this desperate shift from Ron DeSantis to his wife as sort of fiercely protective "grizzly mother" helps to wreck his flailing presidential campaign.

It certainly appears so.

'Hair product line severs relationship with Michigan hair stylist after she bans trans and queer customers' & other Thur midday news briefs.

Traverse City salon fallout: Hair product line drops salon after anti-transgender post - This is what's called 'consequences culture.' She doesn't want to serve trans or queer clients. A beauty product line has refused to supply to her. The end. 

Michigan AG: Salon Owner’s Refusal of Service to Transgender Clients Unacceptable - And it gets better (or worse) depending on who you're rooting for. 

Trial over Alabama transgender care ban for minors delayed until 2024 - Meanwhile that awful law cannot be enforced.