Omicron doesn’t stop Ron DeSantis from cashing in on Dr. Fauci hate
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Fauci's air travel masking comments outraged the Governor.

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is beginning to take hold in Florida amid 18,000 total cases in the last week, and Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking action using the latest surge to fundraise against familiar target: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

An email to supporters from his campaign, entitled “Permanent Faucism,” offers the latest in a seemingly endless series of meditations about Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden.

DeSantis took aim at Fauci’s latest comment, suggesting mask mandates on airlines may well be permanent.

“Dr. Fauci is at it again, folks. He took to national TV — where he spends most of his time — to pledge support for a permanent mask mandate for air travel. What started as ’15 days to slow the spread’ has now descended into permanent Faucism,” DeSantis asserted.

“Fauci doesn’t care about doing what’s right or using even basic common sense. He’s too caught up in TV interviews, magazine covers, and the adulation and acceptance from elitists that he’s likely craved his entire life,” the Governor added.

There may be some irony in those words. DeSantis uniquely owes his political rise to television, with Fox News primetime shows and an endorsement from Donald Trump being key factors in his Republican nomination for Governor in 2018.

But DeSantis has fixated on celebrity treatment of the octogenarian Fauci for months now.

“And then, obviously, he does so many interviews that it was pretty clear to me that after a short time that this was about himself and his own image,” DeSantis snarked on the Ingraham Angle this spring. “For me, you look at that magazine cover where he’s lounging by the pool with the sunglasses on, you know, right in the midst of a pandemic. It was almost like a ‘let them eat cake’ moment for all the people who were chafing under his lockdowns, and yet he seemed to be having the time of his life.”

“To elevate anybody like that is problematic,” DeSantis advised. “But particularly when you have somebody who’s going out and literally doing every interview under the sun. He ended up contradicting himself. He was indulging hypotheticals.”

“He ended up doing political commentary sometimes,” DeSantis lamented, “because the media wanted to use Fauci to attack people like me and other Republicans.”

Fauci has served as a useful punching bag during at least one prior surge of COVID-19. When the delta variant strained hospital capacity in Florida this summer, DeSantis’ political committee released merchandise lampooning Fauci, including “Don’t Fauci My Florida” beer koozies and T-shirts.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


29 comments

  • Tom

    December 20, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Fauci was totally out of line to state that masks must be worn forever.

    He has no authority to state that. Congress will have to pass a bill, signed into law. End of story.
    Full stop.

    • Rich

      December 20, 2021 at 3:42 pm

      Tom,

      That is not what Fauci said. Why is it so important for you to lie?

      We should wear masks. Fewer people get sick, covid and colds and flu, when we wear masks.

      So, your view is deeply ignorant. Full stop.

      “”Even though you have a good filtration system, I still believe that masks are a prudent thing to do and we should be doing it,” he added. “

      • Alex

        December 20, 2021 at 3:48 pm

        Tom is our resident troll. I caught him lying 14 times and he just made up more lies.

        It’s pointless to engage him, he just spams more lies and idiotic nonsense.

        Ignore him, we do.

        • Tom

          December 20, 2021 at 6:35 pm

          You are both full of manure, alex How’s the meds? Rich, don’t know you but I am a legend. You don’t want to play with me but try.

          You both are liars. Fauci said on ABC that everyone will have to wear masks flying forever. He’s corrupt, he does not get to decide at all. That’s a act of Congress, not Fauci.

          You both can go scratch.
          Fauci had been wrong on everything. Period full stop, He’s an apologist for the Dems and China.

          Troll my ass Alex. LMAO.

          • Joe M

            December 21, 2021 at 4:51 am

            Fauci: ‘Even though you have a good filtration system, I still believe that masks are a prudent thing to do and we should be doing it.’

        • Tom

          December 20, 2021 at 8:19 pm

          They let you out of the hospital Alex.

      • Tom

        December 21, 2021 at 10:35 pm

        Rich You useful idiot along with Joe M, you are editing and protecting the idiot Fauci. He said masks are on planes forever. It was SW air that said bout the best filtration. Spare me your lies with Joe m. You can both scratch Fauci ass.
        Fauci is an apologist for China and tyrannical rule.
        Only fools like you both and other lickers would defend 800,000 deaths.
        Biden has more death in 21 compared to Trump in 20. I know that doesn’t count for you corrupt Manchurians.
        DeSantis, America’s Gov. bigly in 22.
        Govs mansion to WH, DC after.

  • Kathy

    December 20, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Ahhh, Trumpism at its finest. I’m sure there is common DNA between Trump and Desantis. He is also out in public, close proximity, and no mask while his wife is undergoing treatment for cancer. I wish her the best.

  • Alex

    December 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Fauci stood right next to Trump and told America the truth about the virus we needed to hear, and it showed Trump as the massive fraud he really is.

    There were no politics, there were no lies, all he said was the plain truth. It was beautiful, and America loves him for it.

    He became more popular than Trump overnight, and the orange fraud couldn’t fire him because of it.

    Now the poor trumpers hate him, attack him, try to discredit him, and try to tear him down with lies.

    None of it works, because none of it is true.

  • Arthur Mielke

    December 20, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Usually you have to be watching something from Hanna-Barbera to laugh at that kind of projection.

    • Tom

      December 20, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Alex does, he zooms with weasel peter h, frankie, Sista hoe, herb, concerned citizen, non science disbeliever, red Sonja, fish wanda and other Manchurians.

  • Alex

    December 20, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    In other news, Trump said today he got the booster shot.

    Lol

  • Concern Citizen

    December 20, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Fauci’s latest comment, SUGGESTING mask mandates on airlines MAY well be permanent. (Fauci’s statement is an opinion and not an absolute or mandate).
    Sad that DeSantis must mindlessly discredit Dr.Fauci for political gain.

    • Tom

      December 20, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      He Fauci does not get to decide!
      Fauci had been totally compromised, just like Sen Wyden. He tried to oppose the Unghyr legislation cause he was being told by corporatists.

      Only Congress can decide laws with POTUS signature. But you think you know Alex, you idiot wipe.

      Have you Dums any decency, any honor? Are you totally Manchurian compromised. My goodness.
      Pathetic.

      • Joe M

        December 21, 2021 at 4:52 am

        Fauci: ‘Even though you have a good filtration system, I still believe that masks are a prudent thing to do and we should be doing it.’
        No must, no order…. just a man a bit smarter than yourself looking out for YOU!

        • Tom

          December 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

          How smarter please? He’s wrong bout everything. He don’t get to decide masks forever” on anything, especially planes. Nada!
          Oh yeah, wear two masks he said. LMAO. U probably wear one in the car. Go bend over with the Manchurians and listen to Fauci. You fool.

      • Concern Citizen

        December 21, 2021 at 3:11 pm

        Where does it say that Dr. Faucu would decide? I heard that QAnon, and many pro-American groups are stating that DeSantis is the Manchurian Candidate sent from China to destroy American democracy. Tell me ain’t
        true Tom. I don’t think DeSantis is a MC but the second part of their theory may be true.

        • Tom

          December 21, 2021 at 6:40 pm

          Unconcerned citizen, you ain’t i. My league pal. Go to Manchurian kiddie class. You don’t get to take my lingo and use it. DeSantis is suing China you fool, pulling state investments out too. Fauci went on abc with Georgie Clinton tool boy and said masks forever on flights. He can scratch the Manchurians! You are not in my league. America’s Gov the best!

          • Concern Citizen

            December 23, 2021 at 4:47 pm

            Again you are lying about Dr, Fauci’s statement. That is a sin, Tom. I hope that you find the Lord, our Savior, Jesus Christ, this Christmas season. Merry Christmas Tom.

            PS–Ashley Moody used your lingo recently — Manchurians Candidate

  • Ocean Joe

    December 20, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Thankyou Governor Desantis! All this time I thought Dr. Fauci was an experienced epidemiologist with decades of experience who was looking out for the health of the American people.
    Say, how come YOU got vaccinated?

    • Tom

      December 20, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      That’s because you are a fool like Fauci.

    • Tom

      December 21, 2021 at 9:35 pm

      I didn’t listen to fraud Fauci. I researched and checked with my doc.
      Unlike you, Alex, Frankie, Wesel peter h and the other Manchurians who listen to Rachel maddowless, and cooper Andersen.
      I worked in DC when Pres Reagan named Fauci to the NIH. He’s run his time.
      He’s been a hypocrite and huge disappointment. More deaths under Biden in 21, compared to 20 and Trump. How does Fauci have his job with 800,000 sadly deceased under his watch. You Manchurians have
      daily conniptions over America’s Gov,
      Ocean I took you and Joe H down over Stephanie Murphy, twice in one day is hard on you. How’s Joe Manchin treating you? LMAO. How’s Biden doing with Hispanics, Independents, Dems, the peeps. Atrocious.
      America’s Gov bigly in 22.
      Govs mansion to WH, DC. After.

  • Bob

    December 20, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Fauci deserves all that hate.

  • Ron Ogden

    December 20, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Where did Governor DeSantis say he “hated” Dr. Fauci? Nowhere; merely AG’s hyperbolic headline writing. But you see, when the lockstep conformists of the American left castigate the Republicans, well it is all just “frank, crucial commentary in times of crisis” or some such poop, but when regular folks like the Governor criticize the left, then it is “hate.” Why? Because the word still draws attention, and so people who want to be offended will click. Enjoy it while you can, lefties, because the day is soon to arrive when “hate” will lose all its power to encourage attention, rather like what has happened to the words “racism” and “racist” already. Then you will have to resort to “nazi traitors” and “anti-American conspirators” or “monsters” or something like that, and those are the words that will begin to encourage your followers to violence.

    • Alex

      December 20, 2021 at 4:49 pm

      I struggled hard to read your entire comment without falling asleep.

      The ability of conservatives to lie to themselves and talk themselves into believing things that aren’t true is old news to us.

      Zzzzzzz

      • Tom

        December 20, 2021 at 6:51 pm

        Alex, is in a sedated state since his meltdown. As usual correct Ron.

  • zhombre

    December 20, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    DeSantis 2024. Picking up the shattered pieces after the Biden administration implodes.

  • Freedom

    December 21, 2021 at 8:04 am

    To bring up DeSantis wife’s cancer and the fact that he doesn’t wear a mask is ridiculous. One has nothing to do with the other.
    It’s also funny how every time there’s a big holiday coming that a new variant mysteriously appears. Kinda like the way it all started. Man made pandemic so that dems can TRY to tell people how to live. USA means FREEDOM not FEAR or threats to the people.

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