Governor blames media, protesters for virus spike
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Blame game continues as virus surges.

Florida saw more than 10,000 newly documented positive tests for COVID-19 in numbers released Thursday, and the Governor believes media and protesters are to blame.

“The Media was trying to say the numbers were phony,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday of earlier points in the state’s coronavirus crisis.

“Now they like the numbers because it’s higher,” DeSantis jabbed. “Funny how that works.”

Indeed, the numbers are soaring, with positive tests in terms of daily raw numbers and a percentage of the total higher than ever before.

The Governor revisited a line of argument, honed in recent media conferences, that the media’s failure to cover the state’s struggles with the novel coronavirus led hapless Floridians to forget about the pandemic.

Protests, he said, “took coronavirus off the front pages.”

“Really, for two weeks, you didn’t see much about it,” said the politician-turned-media-critic.

He said, without evidence, that “some of the demonstrations may have played a role in Tampa or Miami.”

In June, the Governor made a similar claim.

He said that perhaps the “social distancing took a back seat to social justice,” but noted then he had nothing to back it up. This time, he didn’t bother with the caveat.

For DeSantis, appearing with Vice President Mike Pence for the first time since a press conference when DeSantis said the state had defied doomsaying about the virus’ ultimate effects, these deflections continue a theme.

DeSantis told a reporter “you’ve got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York. “Wait two weeks, Florida is going to be next. Just like Italy, wait two weeks.’ Well hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened!”

The Governor added that “we’ve succeeded and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption.”

Some will say those comments didn’t age well.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Sonja Fitch

    July 2, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Duffus Desantis stfu whining! Duffus Desantis you are criminally negligent ! Shut down the state! Save our children! There have been over 10000 children hospitalized for covid! Duffus Desantis and looting Lenny cancel the RNC! Do not bring that damn Putin loving traitor trump to Jacksonville, a proud military community !!!’

  • Frankie M.

    July 2, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    You can only move thr goalposts so far before you run out of room to put them. When in doubt blame the messenger. He reminds me of TC…he wanted cheerleaders not reporters. We’re turning into NY now. That’ll cool his arse.

  • BlueHeron

    July 2, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    He has been nothing but petulant, defensive, snarky, blaming ____ (fill in the blank), opaque, whiny, obstinate, combative and derelict in his duties as Governor.

    Things are bad for us and it is not likely to calm down anytime soon.

    Once we come out on the other end of this crisis, it won’t be because of his leadership. It will be in spite of it.

  • Frankie M.

    July 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

    I thought I saw Lenny the other day at the gate but it turns out it was his brotha from anotha mutha Ronnie Fussell. (I can’t tell them apart.) When Ronnie told me Lenny was on vacay I told him that was impossible. Lenny would never take time off in the middle of a pandemic with the RNC coming to town in a few weeks. Say it ain’t so Lenny! I’m starting to doubt your commitment to sparkle motion. We got work to do.

  • Palmer Tom

    July 3, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t know what news media he reads, but I’ve been seeing articles about the pandemic every day since March.

  • george parreno

    July 8, 2020 at 3:31 pm

    Mr. De Santis is not acting responsibly, he’s acting like a fool and trying to please ONLY ONE PERSON: ” THE SCAMMER IN CHIEF”!

    History and his conscience will JUDGE him as a DERELICT and “Trump bootlicker”!

    We, THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA, are at TREMENDOUS RISCK because of this IDIOT!!!

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