Democratic National Committee blasts Ron DeSantis’ ‘war on science’
Out of context: When talking about omicron, Ron DeSantis leaves some things out. Image via AP.

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DNC drags DeSantis for 'temper tantrum' over monoclonal moratorium.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is weighing in on the flap between Gov. Ron DeSantis and the federal government over the feds’ decision to halt the use of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19.

“DeSantis has spent nearly two years putting politics above his constituents’ lives by pursuing policies that have prolonged the pandemic and allowed it to spiral out of control in his state,” asserted DNC spokesperson Adonna Biel.

“Now he’s throwing a temper tantrum over a COVID treatment that even the drug makers themselves confirm is ineffective against the omicron variant, which now makes up at least 99% of new cases nationwide. Instead of advocating for vaccines and boosters that will keep his constituents safe, DeSantis has declared war on science, and it’s Floridians who will pay the price,” Biel added.

The DNC comments track closely with those made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earlier Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Psaki projected her own umbrage on the Governor’s “crazy” position.

“Let’s just take a step back here just to realize how crazy this is,” Psaki said during a press briefing. “These treatments, the ones that they are fighting over, that the Governor’s fighting over, do not work against omicron and they have side effects. That is what the scientists are saying.”

“We have sent [Florida] 71,000 doses of treatments that are effective against omicron, and also effective against delta. And they are still advocating for treatments that don’t work. We have seen, unfortunately from the beginning, unfortunately from the mouths of elected officials, people advocating for things that don’t work,” Psaki added.

Though Psaki claims to have offered Florida everything it needs, DeSantis had a different take Tuesday in Crawfordville, where he addressed the matter at a press conference.

The Governor rejected the premise that the treatments don’t work against omicron, saying Florida proved differently and that patients had the right to “try” the treatment despite changing federal guidance.

“We have had people use it, and we have had good results. It’s not 100%, we understand that. But you also don’t know when someone goes in whether it’s omicron or delta. Yes, mostly in Florida it’s going to be omicron at this point,” DeSantis conceded. “But it’s really a reckless decision.”

“Even if with omicron it’s half as effective, or even 25% as effective, that’s better than nothing for people,” the Governor added.

DeSantis suggested the monoclonal moratorium was driven by a failure to “stockpile” the treatment by the federal government.

“I think part of it is they don’t have enough treatments to go around,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis vowed to “fight back” against the White House, but when asked how he might do that, he said little that could be taken as concrete.

“We’ll see,” the Governor said.

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


22 comments

  • Tjb

    January 25, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    More lies from our deeply religious Governor. Should we let him know that his lies has cause more Floridians to die than necessary from Covid. God, please help Ron DeSantis and save the souls of Floridians from dying from Covid.

    • Tom

      January 25, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Your Biden and Fauci have brought over million Covid perished combined.
      So get your mouth shut!

      • James

        January 27, 2022 at 12:15 am

        Oh Tom you fat, gullible morons truly are just as stupid as you look. How’s all that non existent election fraud evidence coming along over 1 year later now, still nothing?

        • Tom

          January 28, 2022 at 7:47 am

          James, the ass wipe. Wah Wah
          Go scratch Biden and Fauci. Can’t handle the Covid deaths can you?
          You Manchurians love to dish it out.
          Anytime you want to meet let me know, you PUD.
          Biden is in the mid 30’s on all issues. Total train wreck.
          Get your mouth shut. LMAO

  • tom palmer

    January 25, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Come on, Governor. This never-ending campaign to push every post-infection treatment because he dare not endorse pre-infection vaccinations that President Biden endorses is crazy. That’s OK. The crazier he acts, the better chances of a competitive election.

  • PeterH

    January 25, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I can’t wait for the first 2024 Presidential Debate when his opponents on both sides of the aisle critique DeSantis’s radical right wing agenda as Governor. His deplorable response to Covid has, per capita, left more Floridians dead than the State of California.

    …..and his Pandemic boondoggle is just one of a dozen policies that will tear into his failed competence.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 25, 2022 at 9:37 pm

      Funny how you now go with the per capita number. Before you were posting the raw Covid death numbers and then it was pointed out to you that both California and Texas, which have larger populations than Florida, have more deaths from Covid.

    • zhombre

      January 26, 2022 at 8:32 am

      Lincoln Project shill with a mouth full of lies, distortion and slander. Scum like Rick Wilson and rest of the LP hustlers. He wants to support ‘true conservatives’ rebuilding the GOP but this is no more than a mask for progressive Democrats.

    • Impeach Biden

      January 26, 2022 at 9:05 am

      And what policies and records will Joe Biden campaign on? He has been a complete failure. The price of gas alone will do him in. DeSantis would crush that feeble and incompetent in a debate. However those of us that can think for ourselves know that the state run media will attempt to control and protect him. I give you his press conferences as exhibit A.

      • James

        January 27, 2022 at 12:17 am

        How’s all that non existent election fraud evidence coming along over 1 year later now for you gullible morons, still nothing?

  • Susan E Schubert

    January 25, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    Per capita is the correct way to measure the impact of events in a population. Just plain numbers are one thing, but the per capita tells how much of something per each person in the pool of persons. One per hundred is very little compared to 50 per hundred.
    RE: DeSantis pushing monoclonal antibody treatment. The cost of a vax is $10, the cost of the antibody treatment is $100. WE, the tax payers are paying for these. DeSantis is spending our money foolishly.

    • Tom

      January 26, 2022 at 3:14 am

      Susan, no one, or no Org provides per capita, except for the weasel peter h.
      No medical Org does this. It’s a fake concept, non credible data point. Peter h is a fake news source, just a hater of all time. If not hate on Trump, it’s hate on DeSantis. Just a hater and a joke. He is the towel boy for Lincoln Org.

      • James

        January 27, 2022 at 12:18 am

        How’s all that non existent election fraud evidence coming along over 1 year later now for you gullible morons, still nothing?

    • Impeach Biden

      January 26, 2022 at 6:19 am

      How about the foolish spending accommodating illegals entering the US at the Southern Border. The cost to feed, house, transport, educate, medicate, and on and on. Meanwhile Joe eats ice cream and is more concerned with the Ukraine border.

      • Tom

        January 26, 2022 at 8:14 am

        Impeach,
        Peter h Elmo says, to be clear there are no illegal entry’s at the southern border. He claims we have none. He blames Congress for border. He’s a delusional liar. Pure wipe on behalf of Lincoln.

  • Tom

    January 26, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Failed incompetence, the Biden presidency.
    Thank you peter h Elmo.

  • zhombre

    January 26, 2022 at 9:05 am

    DeSantis will win re-election; the Democrats know it (even if the arrogant little cicadas who post here don’t, or won’t admit it), and are simply resorting to scorched earth tactics, lies and slander to demolish a rising politician of the opposition party.

  • Tom P.

    January 26, 2022 at 9:24 am

    And just like that, all prior variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been eradicated. We no longer need a plan to treat those variants.

  • Tom

    January 26, 2022 at 11:34 am

    A G, what’s the deal?
    No follow up related to Gov Ron on Fox last eve?
    Ingram Angle interview discussion. You never miss a chance to highlight Fox interviews.
    Just saying.

  • Jerry

    January 26, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    The vaxes aren’t effective either, and have side effects, but the Dems still want to force those in our arms.

    • James

      January 27, 2022 at 12:19 am

      Let me guess, never finished high school but magically know more than doctors now? Truly the fattest and dumbest morons in history, dying in droves just to ‘own the libs’ haha!

      • Tom

        January 28, 2022 at 7:50 am

        Yeah James, ass wipe. Wah
        Biden, Fauci have over million Covid deaths on their watch.
        Facts are funny things
        Get your mouth shut Manchurians.

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