Ron DeSantis ignores Joe Biden ‘Governor who?’ diss in latest COVID-19 comments
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In a rare move, DeSantis avoiding direct criticism of both Biden, and the media.

Gov. Ron DeSantis paused, at least momentarily, the polemic against President Joe Biden Friday, in the wake of Biden clowning DeSantis in front of a national audience.

Asked about DeSantis Thursday, Biden quipped “Governor who?” This came after DeSantis said he was “standing in Biden’s way” at a press conference.

The zinger was a reminder of the power imbalance between the American President and “America’s Governor.”

On Friday in Port St. Lucie, DeSantis ignored shouted questions about “Governor who” in a defense of Florida’s virus response. There were no five minute harangues of Biden, at least not at the first stop of the day for DeSantis, whose critiques of federal policy were more implicit than usual.

DeSantis, though he didn’t attack Biden personally Friday morning, did take issue with empty promises from pro-restriction politicians before suggesting the virus was something people would have to “live with.”

“Some politicians will say ‘I am going to eliminate the virus. I’m going to defeat it.’ Unfortunately, government can’t just end it,” DeSantis said.

“If the government could just end it, people wouldn’t even need to get the treatment if you could just end it, right, you can’t. So we knew this was something that you were going to have to live with,” he added.

Waves of the virus, DeSantis allowed, will “ebb and flow.”

“It’s not something that government can control,” DeSantis said. “Government’s attempts to control that, I think we’ve seen throughout the country and throughout the world, have been incredibly, incredibly harmful and incredibly damaging.”

The Governor’s remarks focused on treatment and stressed the state’s virus response’s effectiveness. He noted that “close to 80% of everybody above the age of 50” have gotten the shot, the “highest vaccination rate in the Southeast Region.”

“You are seeing a big reduction in mortality because of the elderly that have had protection,” DeSantis said, stressing his “Seniors First” approach to the virus.

He also advocated, again, monoclonal antibody therapy for “mild cases.”

“It’s an IV. You’ve got to go in. It’s about a three hour process, soup to nuts,” was how he summed up the “effective treatment.”

The Governor suggested these modalities along with vaccinations could “reduce this to basically a flu-level risk.”

DeSantis expressed optimism, meanwhile, that the worst was close to over, saying “we’re at kind of the height of the wave and we think it’s following a pretty set pattern and we’ll know more probably in the next three to four days.”

He also did not belittle media for reporting case counts this time out, a critique that had been frequent.

“I get the cases and I’m not saying you shouldn’t report on that,” DeSantis allowed. “Obviously, when the cases rise, they rise.”

The Governor went on to describe a “pretty consistent pattern,” with this being a predictable summer surge event.

“Because so many people have either been vaccinated or have recovered naturally and do have immunity, I think folks are making their own individual risk determinations,” DeSantis said.

The rhetoric may be optimistic, but statistics suggest another brutal weekend ahead in Florida hospitals.

According to the Florida Hospital Association, 20,133 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Aug. 5, with 12,516 hospitalizations.

The Governor has faced political headwinds also. New polling shows him upside down in favorability ratings, while multiple school districts have bucked his attempt to ban mask requirements for students.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


10 comments

  • Ocean Joe

    August 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Good to hear he is less combative, more serious about the job he was elected to do. If school goes well, he will be the golden boy again. The death rate seems low and that should get more attention than it does. Maybe he has decided he needs some votes from the middle, after all.

  • Ed

    August 6, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Do you think combative Nikki will tone down her rhetoric?

  • Frankie M.

    August 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Did he say when he will declare a state of emergency in FL? I know it doesn’t look good on campaign brochures but it’ll open up federal $$ for overwhelmed hospitals. Funny how that never came up in the roundtable. Almost like all the talking points were scripted.

    • Ed

      August 6, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Scripted talking points? Joe Biden can’t answer anything without his cheat sheets in front of him. He even has a scripted series of what reporters he will call on and has the pre canned answers on his cheat sheets.

  • Tom

    August 7, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Another candid session from the Governor.
    Your focus AG sounded confused. You once again failed to mention the recent chamber poll.
    Clearly, WH made error in targeting America’s Governor. More stupidity from Psaki as POTUS’s reaction was dismal. Really, have this POTUS not remember when he sat with him a month previously. Elevating Gov. Ron was great for him but makes WH look fearful. The same consultant must be assisting flip flopper fraud,
    LMAO.

  • Tom

    August 7, 2021 at 8:24 am

    AG do you and your colleagues ever ask Nikki Fraud any challenging questions? Or is FP just a press release for the fraud? It’s embarrassing.

  • Jennifer V Underwood

    August 7, 2021 at 11:19 am

    Demand is is great. At least he is standing up for the free rights of Floridians. Unlike the rest of the governor’s who are doing nothing to stop Biden’s demented power hungry takeover.

    • Tom

      August 9, 2021 at 8:57 pm

      Yes Jennifer, you are correct.
      Gov Ron, America’s Governor supports personal freedom, economic
      liberty and supports family choice.
      And because he supports the Fed Constitution and Bill of Rights he even supports the haters rights to enjoy those freedoms. Unlike Dem office holders.

  • Alex

    August 8, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    He knows he’s wrong, and Joe will rip him to shreds.

    • Tom

      August 9, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      LMAO.
      Joe couldn’t smack down Chris cuomo’s gigantic Q tip for predator and corrupt brother and soon to be ex Gov Mario. U Loser!

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