Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is making headlines once again, this time for his candid critique of Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the full story.
Questioning Trump’s Support for Dr. Fauci
In a recent appearance on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, DeSantis didn’t hold back, taking issue with Trump’s support for Dr. Anthony Fauci.
A Direct Response to Trump’s Callout
This exchange of criticism began when Trump appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, where he didn’t mince words about DeSantis’ response to the pandemic.
“The Leader’s Got to Take Responsibility”
In response, DeSantis started by emphasizing the importance of leadership taking responsibility, especially during a global crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the end of the day, the leader’s got to take responsibility,” DeSantis said.
Fauci Was Misfiring
“I think it was pretty clear early on in COVID that Fauci was misfiring, he was elevated to where his pronouncements were basically viewed as gospel around the country and we rejected that,” he continued.
“And we fought. When we reopened the state, he criticized us. When we had kids in school, the first state in the country to have all school districts, he criticized us.
When we said no vaccine mandates, they criticized us. So we had to chart the course, and obviously, the results speak for themselves because people flooded into Florida,” he added.
As a response, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer brought up Trump’s claim that Florida had the third-highest death rate in the country.
Hemmer asked, “He says you shut down Florida, he said ‘tight as a drum.’ Now on April 1st, 2020, just to be clear, you did allow the local authorities to determine who goes on a beach and who doesn’t. And I think the rule you made that day was to limit it to ten people or less. Do you disagree with any of that?”
DeSantis defended this as a local decision and said, “So, right, so that was a local decision. But, you know, those first few weeks we followed some of the federal guidelines.
I’ve always said that. But then I was looking at the data myself, and I made the decision that we were going to chart a separate course. And so we did that. And clearly, Florida boomed as a result.”
Accountability for What Went Wrong
“I think the important thing is this looking forward, we need accountability for what went wrong because those people in positions of authority at the CDC, Fauci, they lied about lockdowns, school closures, mask mandates. They were wrong,” he added.
“We Need a Reckoning”
“It did a lot of damage around this country. And I know that because of the people that were harmed, a lot of them came to Florida and would tell us about it.
So we need a reckoning so that this never happens to our country again,” he concluded.
Focus On Solutions
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One user wrote, “How about we focus on solutions rather than pointing fingers?”
Another user added, “More Monday morning QBing from DeSantis. Who was Trump supposed to listen to besides Fauci and Birx? No one seems to be able to answer that, including Desantis”
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Source: OK magazine