Charlie Crist says Ron DeSantis is making COVID-19 crisis ‘more dangerous’

Charlie Crist
Crist also said he would require vaccinations for teachers, first responders.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Charlie Crist slammed Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ COVID-19 response as making the situation “more dangerous and more life-threatening.”

On Friday, Crist made some of his harshest comments yet about his potential Republican rival in the 2022 General Election, telling members of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club that Florida leads the nation in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, emergency rooms and intensive care units are overwhelmed, and schools sent home thousands of children due to COVID-19 tests or exposures.

“It is truly tragic,” he said.

“Gov. DeSantis is worse than negligent,” Crist added. “He is actively working against us, and he is risking the lives of our fellow Floridians.”

Crist expanded his pledge to require vaccinations for state employees should he win the gubernatorial election. The day before, he said vaccines should be required for teachers, first responders, and health care workers.

He also pledged to encourage mask mandates in schools and public universities. Nevertheless, Crist would prefer to leave the final decisions to local boards, saying “government closest to the people governs best.”

“Nobody wants to shut down schools again. Nobody wants to shut down our economy again,” Crist said. “Our kids, our teachers, our parents need to have learning take place in the classroom. Our employees need to be able to go to work. And our businesses need to be able to stay open.

“The way forward to me is clear,” Crist continued. “To survive the pandemic, we need to wear our masks indoors for now. We all need to be vaccinated. But the trends are heading in the wrong direction.”

Crist believes more than two-thirds of Florida’s hospitals will face critical staffing shortages as soon as next week.

“Yet Gov. DeSantis is busy running for President and kissing the ring of Fox News, while Floridians die and students are suffering,” Crist said. “It is truly outrageous.”

He accused DeSantis of acting like a dictator by threatening to punish school boards and superintendents for requiring students to wear masks. “It is truly an abuse of power,” Crist said.

He accused DeSantis of caring little about trying to prevent people from catching COVID-19 by not vigorously promoting vaccinations, by dismissing mask-wearing indoors, and by instead focusing on offering treatments to people who catch COVID-19, with the monoclonal antibody therapy that DeSantis has been barnstorming the state to encourage.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Alex

    August 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm


    DeAnus is a threat to Florida’s health and economy.

  • Wanda

    August 21, 2021 at 2:53 am

    He is making it heard to go on a cruise because he banned getting a I’d showing you have had the shots for Covid and he is trying to kill all the teachers with the no mask planning not to pay if you wear a mask looks like to me he has everything backwards because he’s a moron.

  • Anna

    August 21, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    My neighbor’s aunt makes 62 every hour on the internet..ttp she has been without work for eight months but the previous month her revenue was 19022 only working on the laptop 5 hours a day..

    check this ……

  • PeterH

    August 21, 2021 at 10:02 pm


    Pressley Stutts, the GOP leader who helped reshape the Greenville County Republican Party leadership, died Thursday of complications from COVID-19.

    He had been hospitalized since late July and admitted to the ICU on Aug. 3. From his hospital bed he continued spewing anti vaccination conspiracy theories. He had been on a ventilator at Spartanburg Regional Hospital, suffering from pneumonia, renal failure and blood clots.

    Stutts was a member of the Tea Party and helped found MySCGOP, a conservative organization intended as an alternative to the S.C. Republican Party. As expected, Stutts was a loyal supporter of Donald Trump!

    Next up we fondly remember the miserable hateful life of Phil Valentine, a Nashville-based conservative radio talk show host who had questioned whether it was necessary for all people to get Covid-19 vaccines, died on Saturday, his employer, WWTN Radio, announced on Twitter. Valentine was 61 years old. Valentine was a rabid anti-mask, anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist. He spent his final days on his radio talk show railing against Joe Biden and nonexistent open borders.

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