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Pour One Out for Ron DeSantis

Pour One Out for Ron DeSantis

[ad_1] The Ron DeSantis campaign for president ended the same way it began: as a punch line. What started with a disastrous launch event using the Twitter Spaces audio-chat service in May sputtered to a finish yesterday afternoon with a video uploaded to the social platform, which has since rebranded as X. The Florida governor, in both his scripted remarks and his social-media posts yesterday, misquoted former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. “It is,” Justin Reash, the executive director of the International Churchill Society told me, “one of the most commonly used misattributed quotes of Churchill in existence.” So recurrent is the misquotation, in fact, that it appears on the society’s website in a list of commonly bungled comments, right alongside this classic: “If you’re going through hell, keep on going.” To end his campaign-trail hell, DeSantis or some unfortunate member of his staff quoted Churchill as saying, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Mark Leibovich: Just wait until you get to know Ron DeSantis …