Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to Fox News prime time for the second time this week, serving up a “Fauci ouchie” on The Ingraham Angle.
The Republican Governor focused on an email Dr. Anthony Fauci sent in the early stages of the pandemic, questioning DeSantis’ approach. At that time, Fauci thought bars should beclosed.
DeSantis’ attacks on Fauci veered into the personal realm — in a classic DeSantis way — by contending that Fauci enjoyed the limelight more than he should have.
Ironically, it is the same charge the Governor faces through his own ubiquity on cable news.
“And then, obviously, he does so many interviews that it was pretty clear to me that after a short time that this was about himself and his own image,” DeSantis snarked. “For me, you look at that magazine cover where he’s lounging by the pool with the sunglasses on, you know, right in the midst of a pandemic. It was almost like a let them eat cake moment for all the people who were chafing under his lockdowns, and yet he seemed to be having the time of his life.”
DeSantis said he “shared concern” about Fauci’s “way overexposed” role; there was a “lot of concern at The White House as well” about the megaphone the doctor had.
“To elevate anybody like that is problematic,” DeSantis advised. “But particularly when you have somebody who’s going out and literally doing every interview under the sun. He ended up contradicting himself. He was indulging hypotheticals.”
“He ended up doing political commentary sometimes,” DeSantis lamented, “because the media wanted to use Fauci to attack people like me and other Republicans.”
“You don’t gotta indulge every left-wing reporter in the United States every day,” he added.
DeSantis also dropped some breadcrumbs, including contending Fauci was “intimately involved” in New York’s decision to send COVID-19 patients back to nursing homes and also spotlighting his “role in the lab leak” in Wuhan, a theory with considerable traction on the right.
Republicans need to take back the Congress in 2022 for a “legitimate investigation,” the Governor urged.
“We certainly need to be investigating the origins of COVID over this Jan. 6, which is purely partisan,” he warned, “but it will not happen with (President Joe) Biden and the Democrats in charge.”
The Fauci blast continues a hot streak for the Governor, who signed a controversial bill earlier in the week and has been capitalizing on it since.
Despite Tuesday’s media blitz, national messaging is central to the Governor’s brand since his time in Congress. It was inevitable he would have one more showcase in the evening — supplying quotes and content for the weekend shows.
For DeSantis, it was just what the doctor ordered.