The unflattering stories about Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) are piling up as he reportedly eats like an animal and chomps on chocolate pudding with his fingers.
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“He would sit in meetings and eat in front of people,” a former DeSantis employee told The Daily Beast, “always like a starving animal that’s never eaten before … shit everywhere.”
Steeped in DeSantis lore is an episode from four years ago: During a private plane trip from Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. in March 2019, DeSantis enjoyed a chocolate pudding dessert — by eating it with three of his fingers, according to two sources familiar with the incident.
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Eating pudding with your fingers is not normal behavior. It’s something a toddler would do. Watching an adult eat pudding with their fingers is disturbing and kinda gross. It’s definitely not something someone who wants to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate should do.
DeSantis fought on the campaign trail as he doesn’t interact well with people. Former employees describe DeSantis as a loner who keeps to himself, which sounds like a really bad personality fit for the presidency.
The best presidential candidates are outgoing. The very best is interacting with voters. One of Trump’s fatal flaws is that he seems repelled by the people who support him. Hillary Clinton’s understandably skeptical and insular style has done her no favors with some voters. President Biden is an old-school retail politician who loves speaking to anyone and everyone. Former President Obama also had the ability to genuinely interact with people and seemed to enjoy the experience. Bill Clinton was another sympathetic former president, as were George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
The Night Comedians will have a whole new round of ammo for Puddin’ Ron.
DeSantis doesn’t seem ready for prime time because the Republican Party just can’t seem to find a presidential candidate capable of acting like a normal person.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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