Florida Governor Ron DeSantis isn't a real fascist, but he sure plays one on TV.
He's too soft, too educated, too fake in his hatred of marginalized groups to be a true-blue fascist. DeSantis is smart; he has to feign his ignorance, unlike Donald Trump, who, like so many of his generation, is proudly ignorant. DeSantis has that Ted Cruz energy: A sniveling, detestable opportunist who can and will be molded by the Stronger Man. DeSantis is pathetic to his core, contemptible to the extreme, malleable in all the worst ways, but he's certainly not a fascist.
So DeSantis is making headway with the ascendant American fascist movement any way he can: By criminalizing LGBTQ people, by trafficking human beings to blue states to trigger the libs, and by deploying Florida police to harass and intimidate his political opponents. Presidential aspirations sparkling in his squinty little rat eyes, DeSantis has cuddled up to the fascist right in hopes that they'll think he's one of them. He's not, of course. But that might not matter.