In reaction to allegations made by former president Donald Trump over how DeSantis handled COVID as governor of Florida, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis reportedly retaliated fired back, blasting the false claims.
Trump made the comments during a recent interview with Meghan Kelly.
“I was not a big fan of Fauci. If you look at Ron DeSanctimonious, he was — this guy said the greatest things [about Fauci]. I can give you articles that ‘Fauci’s great, he’s wonderful, we love him. We don’t do anything without Fauci.’ This went on for months.” Trump said.
“But he didn’t listen to Fauci,” Kelly replied.
In his reply, Trump asserted that DeSantis “100%” did follow Fauci’s advice and that he shut down Florida, in spite of the facts seeming to indicate the opposite.
“Oh, he shut it down a lot longer. He shut down the beaches. He shut down the roads. He shut down a hospital. He also had long lines of people ‘getting the jab,’ as he called it. ‘Let’s all go get the jab.’ The guy tried to change history in Florida.” Trump claimed.
During a conversation with Steve Deace on Thursday, Deace brought up Trump’s comments, and DeSantis reacted.
“I think it’s important to say that that is different from what Donald Trump used to say. I mean, he used to praise Florida for having been open. He used to say I was one of the country’s great governors. He said we handled COVID correctly and brilliantly. So he used to say that — he was on record, always saying that. Now, because I’m a threat to him, that’s why he’s now changing his tune.” DeSantis said.
“But some of the things he’s saying are just bold faced lies. We never mandated mNRA COVID shots. In fact, I called a special session of the Florida legislature to prevent any mandates in the state. And not just by the state government or local government, we provided protections for employees at private businesses, which a lot of establishment Republicans basically were saying businesses should be able to do whatever they want.” he concluded.
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