Nikki Fried blasts Ron DeSantis for spreading ‘disinformation’ on vaccines

DeSantis Fried 3.25.21
'No news outlet should broadcast the Governor's misinformation without immediate editorial correction.'

After Gov. Ron DeSantis asserted vaccinations won’t slow COVID-19 infection rates, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried slammed him for spreading disinformation.

“It’s extraordinarily dangerous and irresponsible for Governor DeSantis to continue to lie about the vaccine — which he’s done twice in as many days,” Fried, a Democrat, said of the Republican Governor. “By saying vaccines don’t help anyone but the recipient (not true) and that breakthrough cases among vaccinated aren’t rare (also not true), he’s continuing to impede the health and economic recovery of our state.”

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner also said reporters should reconsider what they repeat from DeSantis’ pulpit.

“No news outlet should broadcast the Governor’s misinformation without immediate editorial correction with the facts,” she said.

DeSantis drew ire when declaring at a press conference Friday that when it comes to vaccination, “it’s about your health and whether you want that protection or not. It really doesn’t impact me or anyone else.”

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That has drawn sharp rebuke, including from Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.

“If he feels that vaccines are not important for people, that they’re just important for some people, that’s completely incorrect,” Fauci told CNN.

DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw at the time derided Fauci’s comments as part of an administration and media attack on DeSantis.

“Instead of asking Fauci about his agency’s (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) funding of highly risky bat coronavirus research at Wuhan Institute of Virology — which could have caused the COVID-19 pandemic — state media launches their 8,000th dishonest attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis,” she tweeted about the CNN interview.

DeSantis, while promoting early treatment utilizing monoclonal antibodies, asserted a very high number of vaccinated individuals still catch the virus.

“It’s not really a rare thing to get infected at this point,” he said.

That seemed to reference a documented drop-off in efficacy for vaccines acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, though vaccines are still shown to be 66% effective even amid the surge spurred by the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Fried, Florida’s only Democrat currently holding statewide office, announced she’s challenging DeSantis’ reelection next year instead of seeking another term as Agriculture Commissioner. She faces U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in the Democratic Primary for Governor, and the winner of that contest will go up against DeSantis next November.

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]


11 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    September 8, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I’m guessing Fried gets her information from the fake scientist and one of her supporters Rebekah Jones.

    • Frankie M.

      September 8, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Better than Faux news like Ronnie. Unfortunately he’s not hacdpy just consuming it he feels the need to spread it also. Ronnie is the rona’s best friend. Doesn’t care about masking or getting vaccinated to reduce community spread. It’s all about me, myself, & I with Ronnie.

      • Tom

        September 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

        You are full of crap you ham sandwich.

        DeSantis held over 50 public events promoting senior vaccinations and centers for seniors.

        They were the number one susceptible. He criss crossed the state promoting vaccines. Unlike Cuomo who purposefully re sent seniors back into nursing homes to death. I know you don’t want to decide that.

        DeSantis wore and encouraged masks.

        He’s set up literally in last 3 weeks to his credit over 25 monoclonal centers.
        Crude crossing the state. Even when the AP did the cheap smear which was a lie.

        Frankie, you are just a lying sack of stuff. A no nothing hater. Go Hank with peter h & alex on the curb.

    • Alex

      September 8, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      Great minds discuss ideas.

      Mediocre minds discuss events.

      Small minds discuss people.

      -Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Ocean Joe

    September 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Nikki throws the punches while Charlie stays above the fray.

  • Frankie M.

    September 8, 2021 at 11:58 am

    What’s good for Ronnie is good for Ronnie.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 8, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      That’s funny you say that. What about “look at me, look at me” Fraud? What Ag Commissioner besides her put their face on every gas pump in the State of Florida?

  • Cold Feet

    September 8, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    When’s the wedding?

  • Evan Miller

    September 9, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Fried is a migraine that won’t go away.

  • Tom Palmer

    September 9, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    State media? That would be governor’s flack, Ms. Pushaw.

  • Jose

    September 9, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Silence Comrade, the science is settled

    She got high on her own supply, has no chance of being governor or reelected to her current position.

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