On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stepped up his Trump-like attacks on outgoing White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, this time calling for someone to ‘catch’ the disease expert 81-year-old infectious and ‘throwing it across the Potomac.
During a stop on his “Keep Florida Free Tour,” DeSantis — often seen as a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate — raged at Fauci for recently defending his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m tired of seeing him! I know he says he’s going to retire – someone has to grab that little elf and throw him across the Potomac,” the governor exclaimed to loud cheers.
DeSantis, who recently debuted in a performative “Top Gov” campaign ad starring himself as “Maverick,” has long targeted Fauci to restore his MAGA credentials.
Last year, for example, he began peddling “Don’t Fauci My Florida” merchandise as coronavirus cases surged in his state. Fauci, meanwhile, has been the target of countless death threats. A man who said he wanted to smash every bone in Fauci’s “disgusting elf skull” was recently sentenced to three years in prison.
“Like the Governor’s statement…is this question a joke?” Deputy Press Secretary Jeremy Redfern told The Daily Beast when asked about DeSantis’ remarks in light of the ongoing threats against Fauci. He further suggested contacting the governor’s campaign if The Daily Beast “truly believes this merits comment” as it is “not in a position to comment on political matters”.
Redfern then tweeted a screenshot of this reporter’s email with clown and globe emojis for a caption. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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