Florida has long been a refuge for drug lords, Mafiosi, and stereotypical Florida Men, but ever since Donald Trump made his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach his base of operations, the state has become a mecca for ever more surreal right-wing shenanigans, from Roger Stone partying with frat boys to GOP stalwarts wearing baseball hats declaring, “DeSantis 2024: Make America Florida.” As we detail in this week’s Weekend Reader, Vanity Fair correspondent Joe Hagan recently ventured into the Sunshine State’s heart of darkness, and what he found could prove troubling for us all.

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