Nikki Fried slams RNC speakers for describing pandemic in past tense
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried

She notes the pandemic cont9inues to claim Florida lives.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried slammed Republican National Convention speakers for talking about the COVID-19 crisis in the past tense.

“If you watched the RNC Convention last night, you may have thought that the COVID-19 pandemic is over. It’s not,” Fried tweeted.

She also took a swipe at Gov. Ron DeSantis, signaling that rivalry won’t let up any time soon.

“Nearly 5,000 Floridians have died in the last month alone because of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ and Donald Trump’s disastrous policies,” she wrote.

There has been wide criticism, particularly in progressive media, about speakers at the Republican convention referring to the pandemic as over.

A Tuesday speech by Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow has drawn particularly scathing reviews.

“Health and economic impacts were tragic. Hardship and heartbreak were everywhere,” Kudlow said. “But presidential leadership came swiftly and effectively with an extraordinary rescue for health and safety to successfully fight the COVID virus.”

That prompted a series of critical headlines, in Vox (“The RNC keeps referring to Covid-19 in the past tense. 1,147 American deaths were reported Tuesday”), Rolling Stone (“Trump adviser refers to pandemic in past tense on same day COVID kills 1,147 people”), The Atlantic (“Remember the pandemic?”) and others.

The speech came on the same day 184 Floridians were confirmed to have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Fried and DeSantis have been at odds over Florida’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic for months. Earlier this month, the Agriculture Commissioner unrolled a public information campaign that appeared independent and in direct competition with DeSantis. It included urging citizens to wear masks even while DeSantis has resisted calls for a mask mandate.

Fried is the only Democrat now holding statewide office in Florida and a rumored candidate for Governor challenging DeSantis in 2018. She was among 17 keynote speakers at the Democratic National Convention last week.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Fed Up

    August 26, 2020 at 11:42 am

    Ronnie opened his big mouth way to early when criticizing NY and blaming MSM for his poor grade on handling the virus. As of now, FL has 605K confirmed cases versus NY with 435K.

    Perhaps its Ronnie who should start apologizing to Floridians and to MSM.

    • just sayin

      August 27, 2020 at 8:26 am

      New York still has four times as many COVID deaths per capita.

  • John McMahon

    August 26, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Take it easy SNOWFLAKE Nikki frieeeed. ( Get Your mask on hypocrite)! Your party’s puppet Master George Soros will tell you and your low IQ Marxist ideology imbeciles when to speak and what to say. In the meantime, just watch the reruns of your fellow Biden Voters and violent communists, burn down the private property of socially liberal and independent voters, then YOU remember that visual on election night.

    • tjb

      August 26, 2020 at 8:09 pm


      Keep on loving your conspiracy theories as American falls into rot under Trump. Nikki is an intelligent and strong woman who cares about the health of Floridians.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    August 27, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Notice that the bot/trolls bashing Republicans never have real names. And notice that Fried is “engaged” to a married man who beats her and who profits from cannabis that Fried attempted to have her office control. And notice how she attempts to distract from those facts. #Trump2020

    • James Robert Miles

      August 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Grow a brain! Or did you get grabbed by Trump and therefor lost whatever was left of it. Trump is the worst President in U.S. history. He is destroying what is left of democracy, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the right to peacefully protest, etc., etc., etc. You are a Trump troll. How much do you get paid by the RNC to make your dumb, stupid comments? Notice that I sign my name in full!

  • just sayin

    August 27, 2020 at 8:26 am

    “Nikki Fried fights for relevance.”

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