Ron DeSantis fundraising pitch claims Joe Biden wants Floridians to ‘drop dead’

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50,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19.

In an apparent homage to an old New York Daily News headline, Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ political committee claimed President Joe Biden wants Floridians to “drop dead.”

That phrase, memorably used to describe former President Gerald Ford opposing a Big Apple bailout almost half a century ago, recurred in an email sent Thursday night by Friends of Ron DeSantis, the Governor’s political committee.

The email was sent hours after it was confirmed 50,000 Floridians had died from COVID-19.

The Governor’s political committee framed its “drop dead” fundraising message around recent decisions to restrict the supply of monoclonal antibody therapy doses given to Florida.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will, at least temporarily, set the rules for distribution of monoclonal antibodies instead of allowing states, medical facilities and doctors to order them directly, as reported Thursday by the Washington Post.

DeSantis has used Regeneron therapy clinics throughout the state as a means of containing hospitalizations, and while the state is below its most recent peak, the Governor has carped that Biden is punishing Florida by capping supply of the lifesaving drug.

But those complaints from press conferences were simply an appetizer for the main course of the fundraising email, a barrage of blistering rhetoric, with a call to action, of course, to donate at the end.

“In a disgusting move that could cost Floridians their lives, Biden has decided to have the federal government seize the supply and control the distribution of the life-saving monoclonal antibody treatments,” the email, purportedly signed by “America’s Governor” himself, contends.

“Lives are at stake. We cannot allow Joe Biden’s quest for bitter revenge on political adversaries to put lives at risk,” the message continues.

In closing, DeSantis assured he has “only begun to fight.” This phrasing evoked two-fisted rhetoric that was substantially workshopped at a stop earlier Thursday in Broward County.

DeSantis said HHS was “seizing control” of the monoclonal antibody supply, a “dramatic reduction” that’s “doubly problematic” given that hospitals are impacted as well as state sites.

“To just spring this on us, starting next week we’re going to have to do that? There’s going to be a huge disruption,” DeSantis predicted.

The “drop dead” language may seem ironic to DeSantis’ critics, many of whom have taken to calling him “DeathSantis,” over complaints that he has failed to aggressively promote preventative vaccines and continuous efforts to block locals from implementing mask mandates in schools.

Huge disruption or not, it’s business as usual for the Governor’s political committee. DeSantis drummed up an angle early in the day, and the nightcap involved a fundraising appeal. It’s that message discipline, in part, that has driven the Governor’s fundraising success.

In August, the committee raised roughly $5.5 million, figures none of the Democratic candidates are close to matching.

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]


23 comments

  • Professor Emeritus

    September 17, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Di Santis is doing fin job on his own killing Floridians #1 in the USA

  • jotevof904

    September 17, 2021 at 9:20 am

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  • PeterH

    September 17, 2021 at 9:26 am

    DeSantis says “what”!!!!? LOL

  • Kathy

    September 17, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    This coming from the same man who held vaccination parties in private gated communities. While we in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties were fighting daily to get on some magical list. With a severely compromised immune system, I called the clubhouse of one of the communities (the one where the President of the local Republican party lives). I stated I would like to make an appointment for the vaccine. The woman was very pleasant until I provided my address, “for members only”. Not unlike the debacle of Desantis choosing “upscale” zip codes. When called out on this choice of a wealthy, mostly Republican community, he began to turn orange. In a typical Trump response Desantis threatened to take his “toys” elsewhere if people kept complaining.
    And, isn’t Florida the only State which hasn’t filed for additional Federal funding for families? Just another megalomaniac.

    • Tom

      September 18, 2021 at 8:13 am

      We heard this blabbering lie before kathy. Obviously, you are just a partisan socialist on behalf of crisp.
      Cheap shots.
      Wah, Wah.

  • Alex

    September 17, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    That’s a Trump level bald faced lie.

    Good job Governor Liar!

  • Andrew Finn

    September 17, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Emperor DeSantis does not need anybody’s help in making Floridians drop dead. He’s doing a fine job of that himself !!!!!!

  • Tom

    September 17, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Manchurian convention.
    Just little bigger then a old phone booth.
    What a joke
    Go to the Lincoln predator org convection.
    It’s for haters. You are all sick.

  • Kathy

    September 18, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Tom, please tell me what part of my statement is untrue. Nothing in my post is a cheap shot, it is a personal experience. I could take many shots, none cheap, just factual. There are folks in both parties who need to be called out, the whole system is tainted, I simply replied with my opinion to which you took a shot at me with your witty banter. (Blah, blah, blah, brilliant retort) It would be refreshing to have people in office who truly were representing “We the People” rather than their cronies or special interest groups. I could make assumptions about you, however, I don’t have the facts about what type of person you are. Oh, wait, from your few lines with no factual backup, yes I do. Have a great day.

    • Tom

      September 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      DeSantis is representing all Floridians.
      Your reference to Crist is partisan.
      Crist and Nikki Fraud have offered nothing on improving a 100 yr pandemic.

      Governor has rightly kept schools open, work and jobs, and continued society. He’s representing everybody, trying to be balanced. Not a tyrant like the partisan Dems want.
      Google Steve Contarno, Tampa Bay Times. Crist & Fraud offer nothing.

      DeSantis is trying to be balanced. He’s held over 50 events promoting vaccine. Not in wealthy areas, everywhere. That was a cheap shot by you. You have said it before.

      People have to take responsibility and they don’t have to take the shot either. He set up mono areas in 3 weeks, 25 of them.

      All you Dems do is complain.
      Need flash covid had killed slot in blue states, red states and beyond. No one can stop it, period. Not even this Incompetent POTUS. Makes Trump look competent. Save it.
      DeSantis will win re elect! Period

      • Sister Mary Jane Abbreviato

        September 18, 2021 at 2:32 pm

        Your points are well taken, but you do sound like an angry little man. Now go say your prayers — silently.

        • Tom

          September 18, 2021 at 5:37 pm

          Sista wants a piece of me!
          I’m big man everywhere.
          You can’t handle me Sista!
          I’m a bad man!

  • Chris

    September 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Florida California Texas and New York COVID death are the same.

      • Frankie M.

        September 18, 2021 at 7:32 pm

        I think I saw this story before in theOnion…this was the headline

        “Area man accuses politician of playing politics while fundraising for next office”

  • TJC

    September 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    DeSantis is using distraction to change the subject, “hours after it was confirmed 50,000 Floridians had died from COVID-19.” Most politicians use distraction at one time or another, but in his case, alas, the 50,000 dead will remain dead. He can distract, but he can’t hide.

    • Alex

      September 18, 2021 at 2:59 pm

      The Feds are warning we’re likely to run out of Regeneron, thanks to Republican not pushing their people to get vaccinated when they should have.

      I have nothing but distain for these fucking morons.

      • Tom

        September 18, 2021 at 5:34 pm

        Feeling is mutual you A hole socialist want a be Che Guevara. Go wipe the toilet seat and lay down on curb. You pud!

      • Tom

        September 18, 2021 at 6:11 pm

        That’s another lie.
        There are other companies producing them and this Great Gov will deliver.
        If this was previous POTUS 45, you and the rest of your Manchurians wound be whining.

        Gov Ron won’t let this incompetent WH & POTUS destroy this program.

        You and the media belittled this great Gov. for offering it to being with. This POTUS didn’t even know about it.

        What a joke!

    • Tom

      September 18, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      I don’t whose more ignorant you or Alex.

      TJC you are corrupted in spirit when you accuse this great Gov of that. He on his own initiative addressed the monoclonal to offer a remedy for suffering Floridians. He did it no one else.

      News flash: Every state has covid and death. You can’t stop it, liberal fallacy try’s to preach otherwise. You guys are lost.

      DeSantis is going to get re-elected.
      Repubs have tied the Dem A Dolts on party registration. You Dems are really F’d.
      LMAO

    • Tom

      September 18, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      TJC, Governor Ron, America’s Gov. kahones are bigger then both of you & Alex. He don’t hide from anyone.
      Especially from you TJC, Alex,, Frankie, Ocean Joe, joke JD, Abbott and other Manchurians.

      • Laura

        September 19, 2021 at 5:17 pm

        Agree 100%

  • Laura

    September 19, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Wake up people!!!!! Do you not see what is happening here? Anyone who still believes the validity of the PCR test or that the jabs work has serious cognitive dissonance. Take precautions like you do when the flu comes around every year. STOP living in fear. DeSantis is doing the best he can! I give him credit for standing up for our rights, he’s done the research. This entire situation would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Critical thinking people! When your on the bus to the gas chambers, wondering what the hell just happened, it will be too late.

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