‘Gutless’? Ron DeSantis’ booster status under new scrutiny after Donald Trump interview

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A Trump interview raises new questions about DeSantis' booster status for some.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump addressed politicians and COVID-19 booster vaccines Tuesday, with comments some are interpreting as a slam at Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Trump defended his pro-vaccination stance in an interview with Dan Ball of One America News, needling politicians who wouldn’t say if they had gotten booster shots.

“Well, I’ve taken it,” said Trump, as quoted by Mediaite. “I’ve had the booster. Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ – because they had the vaccine — and they’re answering like — in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say it. Because they’re gutless. You gotta say it — whether you had it or not. Say it. But the fact is that I think the vaccines saved tens of millions throughout the world. I’ve had absolutely no side-effects.”

Trump did not mention DeSantis by name, but certain headline writers (notably the left-of-center Daily Beast website) framed the remarks as Trump “roasting” DeSantis.

Florida’s Governor left himself wide open to this interpretation when he refused to divulge whether he got the shot in an otherwise friendly interview Dec. 19.

“I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do,” DeSantis said when he was asked if he had received a booster shot by host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures.

Florida Politics asked DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw about DeSantis’ comments last month. She responded she is “not able to speak to his private medical decisions.”

This was a shift for the DeSantis administration, which confirmed at least one gubernatorial inoculation last Spring.

The Associated Press reported in April that DeSantis had received the single-dose vaccine. The information was confirmed after the fact by the Governor’s Office.

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


  • Tom

    January 12, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Sounds desperate and silly.
    45’s isolation and continued dwelling on his lost” election is making him look vulnerable.
    45 needs to focus on issues of note, not who took a booster or not. Dumb!

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    January 12, 2022 at 10:36 am

    “Some are interpreting” The far left media looks for something where there is nothing. How much do you get paid by the Democrats to write this garbage?

    • Adrienne Bellflower

      January 12, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Totally agree

    • Walpurgis

      January 12, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      It’s just one pudgy guy throwing an elbow at another pudgy guy. Relax!

  • Frankie M.

    January 12, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve already rsvp’ed for the booster shot/gun show….tbd.

  • Kathy

    January 12, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    I am sick and tired of both of these megalomaniacs. Both are bullies, both constantly pat themselves on the back and avoid answering questions. How long did it take Trump to admit he had received the first vaccination? They are children who throw tantrums when someone doesn’t agree or questions their actions. For his wife’s sake, I hope Desantis is responsible enough to get any vaccination to protect her compromised immune system. You would think he would realize that if he confirmed his booster status people would think more of him, not much, but a little.

  • Cynthia Campbell

    January 12, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Bartiromo had NO BUSINESS asking such a private question. What if she’d asked poopy pants Biden if he was wearing Depends on a particular day? See, shoe on other foot!

  • Kathy

    January 12, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Private? I think not. The President’s private medical information is reported every physical exam and hospital admission.

  • just sayin

    January 13, 2022 at 8:39 am

    DeSantis crushing Trump’s dreams of returning to the White House will be great for everyone. He’s Trump without the racism, misogyny, corruption, and poor impulse control.

    • Kathy

      January 13, 2022 at 10:15 am

      Desantis wants an Army separate from the Florida National Guard to answer only to him and under his complete control. Desantis wants a $1 BILLION fund to “use at his discretion during emergencies he declares”. Hmmm.

      • just sayin

        January 14, 2022 at 4:18 pm

        And by “army” you mean unarmed disaster recovery workers.

  • Tom

    January 14, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    23 states have the state army, no biggie. Get real you liberal idiots.
    Also, the security fund is needed to investigate Dem corruption. About time.
    It’s over for liberal Dems.
    Don’t step on Superman’s cape.
    Political annihilation coming in November.

  • just a commnt

    January 16, 2022 at 10:54 am

    I like how they are reducing we are going to make Florida a political state attitude meanwhile we will make you pay thousands more for the cost of living to fuel our agenda.

  • Diane Heller

    January 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    I suspect DeSantis has NOT gotten the booster. That would explain his refusal to answer.

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