Ron DeSantis blasts ‘medical authoritarianism’ from ‘obsessed’ White House

DeSantis 8.3.21
DeSantis returned to the Tucker Carlson show.

Gov. Ron DeSantis returned Thursday to Fox News to blast the Joe Biden White House for “medical authoritarianism.”

DeSantis contended the fight against mask mandates is akin to other great battles for freedom, and suggested also that the White House was “obsessed” with him.

The Governor, headed to Nevada for political events Friday, got in a few new lines to Tucker Carlson before the flight, highlighted by the medical authoritarianism phrasing that may surface again in a fundraising appeal sooner or later.

“They are basically saying that we are all just subservient to medical authoritarianism. Whatever they think needs to be done, we have to be subservient to it. That’s probably the most significant threat to freedom in my lifetime. Certainly since the fall of the Berlin Wall,” DeSantis said.

“They’ve come a long way in their ideology,” he concluded.

The Governor also addressed issues with virus data, framing a federal inaccuracy as part of a larger “obsession” with Florida.

Saying he didn’t know what the “motivation” was for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention getting Florida COVID-19 data wrong a few days ago, DeSantis suggested it wasn’t entirely coincidental.

“The White House is more concerned with trying to attack me than solving the problems of the country,” DeSantis said. He frequently deflects criticism by pointing to the border crisis and inflation.

“They have this obsession with Florida. Obviously we’re cutting against the grain, standing up to federal overreach, and we’re proud of doing that,” DeSantis affirmed, before offering advice to the Biden administration.

“They should really focus on getting the job done that they were elected to do, and they’re not doing that right now,” DeSantis counseled.

The back and forth with the Biden White House has become a regular beat for those covering Florida and Washington D.C. politics alike. With DeSantis continuing to poll as the strongest non-Donald Trump candidate in 2024, expect this to continue.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Tom

    August 12, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    A.G. Didn’t you know about this?
    You cover the fraud daily, sometimes multiple times a day. How could CDC and Nikki Fraud make an error. She just by chance announced she was doing weekend updates oddly last weekend. I’m Sure it was a coincidence. Fake numbers of Covid infections, roughy a 30% increase. I’m sure Wasserman Schultz & Fraud will hold a joint presser to offer regrets.
    How pathetic that the WH, CDC & media would stoop to this Straps on a curb approach.
    WH has done a great job building up America’s Governor. What a bunch of frightened children. They’ve made Gov Ron a legend. Good job.

    • Frankie M.

      August 12, 2021 at 11:41 pm

      Maybe if the state would put out numbers of their own in a timely manner we wouldn’t have this issue. Right now it’s like an umpire calling balls or strikes after a game is over. Some are balls. Some are strikes. But apparently it doesn’t count unless Ronnie calls it.

    • GD

      August 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm

      I hate to tell you this but the right, DeSantis, Chump are losing this battle as 66% of Floridians are mad at DeSantis, Chump for throwing them and now kids under the covid bus.
      He can play to the far right all he wants but that isn’t going to get him elected governor again, mush less president.
      But the right/repubs is a shrinking part of the US dropping under 26% of voters as so many decent people left the liars, grifters, racists, fascists the repub party has become.
      And talk about a little dictator telling everyone what they can and can’t do before covid.
      And court case after court case he’ll lose just like 90% of the other ones where he over steps his power to be more fascist.

  • Frankie M.

    August 12, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Nothing authoritarian about the previous regime comrade Ron. Dude never met a dictator he didn’t get a hard on for. He even exchanged love letters. And you’re comparing sleepy Joe to that guy? That’s hi praise but methinks thou doth protest too much Ronnie. God forbid sleepy Joe send your hospitals ventilators while you fundraise in Vegas or plan your next attack piece on Hannity. God forbid he send you $$ which you distribute to teachers, police. and first responders. What an absolute brute! He must be taken down a peg or two!!

    • Kate

      August 13, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Talk about being obsessed…..he is drooling to be top of ticket in 2024….with Orange man as chief adviser

  • Peterh

    August 13, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Breaking News

    Eight students who protested vaccination
    mandates at a University in Indiana lost their case in the Supreme Court. Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett ruled in favor of schools businesses and international cruise ships to mandate masks and vaccinations! Amy Coney Barrett Is what a real conservative looks like.

    Get vaccinated or stay home. Expect the USA to allow vaccination passports and masks to visit restaurants, hotels and air travel.

    Covid will not be going away! The virus is here to stay. Florida is 50% vaccinated, the EU is in much better state, but the rest of the world is less than 2% vaccinated. Don’t throw away your face mask!

  • Tom Palmer

    August 13, 2021 at 6:11 am

    Speaking of obsessions…..

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 7:29 am

      I know Palmer, you and Frankie are outraged by the fake reporting from WH, CDC and Nikki frauds continued lies. What a joke you both are. You manchurians bots are disgraceful.
      How appalling to increase Covid infections by 30%, what a abuse of power. Sounds like impeachment.
      Btw, still awaiting a WH FDC commissioner appointment. We are only in a 100 year pandemic.
      Good to know CDC is corrupted now.
      Frankie, Palmer ( Ron burgundy) Hoffmann, Tjb, idiot Alex and your other manchurian bots are fools.
      Fraud is an electoral disaster, big win for America’s Gov! Cry eye.

      • tjb

        August 13, 2021 at 7:50 am

        Looks like you and Ron love to spread conspiracies theories. I recognized that DeSantis stated the White House was “obsessed” with him, but the only obsession I see is yours toward our governor.

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Your incompetence yes!

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 8:39 am

      Yes, yours and your Manchurians over 45 and hate vs America’s Gov.
      Spare me you fake.

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Yes, yours and your Manchurians over potus 45 and hate vs America’s Gov.
      Spare me you fake.

  • Paul

    August 13, 2021 at 9:59 am

    DeSantis and the republicans are all hypocrites. They say mask mandates are medical authoritarianism, but not their law requiring women to wait 24 hours after meeting with their doctor before having an abortion.

    I’ll be dancing in the street the day DeSantis and the republicans are voted out of power.

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      You won’t be dancing for several years. Not happening. Yes, it is always bout abortion with you haters. What bout your corrupt Dem Govs. Just awful. What about masks? No school board will bully kids. Period! Get with it pal. DeSantis, that’s America’s Governor to you.

  • Guest

    August 14, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    The fall of the Berlin Wall was a threat to freedom?

  • Thomas

    August 15, 2021 at 11:21 am


    You can do way better than DeSatan. Hell voting for a conservative goat woukd be a better use of your franchise.

  • melanie j simms

    August 15, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Well, I do think a better job of controlling covid needs to be done in Florida. That said, De Santis isn’t all wrong. I have noticed a huge nasty change in medicine of late — control freak doctors, nasty treatment by authoritarian medical staff. They walk around acting like they have a right to mistreat you! Medicine has gone all wrong since covid hit. I know the medical community is drained, exhausted, and I am not without gratitude for their tireless efforts. I know it could be me needing them to save my life someday but I dont deserve to have my rights taken away as a human being by the medical community. It has been horrible here in PA, I have been at the brunt of TERRIBLE treatment this last year by the medical community since Covid hit. Their actions are criminal. Right or wrong DeSantis has hit a chord with me as it relates to authoritarianism. I am moving to Florida in 2 months to be closer to family. Wish me luck. And good luck to Florida ahead!

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