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Florida has seen a leader like Donald Trump before -- Charlie Crist

Gov. Crist in Trump Tower in 2007

Alex Leary

Gov. Crist in Trump Tower in 2007



WASHINGTON — And so begins the most unpredictable presidency in modern — if not all — American history.

Anybody who tells you they know what to expect from President Donald Trump, the volatile billionaire who has rarely hesitated to reverse course on policy positions, enemies or even his party registration, is either fooling themselves or fooling you.

Floridians, though, may have a better sense of what's coming than most of America. We've seen this sort of leader up close: Charlie Crist.

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Our Republican governor-turned-Democratic-congressman is far sunnier and more gentlemanly than our in-your-face president. Crist would rather disarm a critic with courtesy and conviviality, while Trump tends to go for nasty personal attacks.

That aside, they have much more in common than striking hair and mysteriously hued skin. Both men fundamentally are populists, rather than partisans. They are less interested in the details of policy-making and governing than the perceptions of Joe Sixpack.

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