Gov. DeSantis hits Joe Biden COVID-19 diagnosis in latest anti-vax mandate riff

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'This is a guy that's taken how many booster shots?'

Gov. Ron DeSantis yet again riffed on President Joe Biden’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis in another denunciation of vaccine mandates.

DeSantis, addressing media and supporters Wednesday at Harpoon Harry’s in Tampa, led off his remarks with comments on the President’s health, minutes before CNN reported the President’s first negative test in five days.

“We just saw Joe Biden test positive for COVID, right? And I’ve said we obviously wish him well on that, but you know, this is a guy that’s taken how many booster shots? I mean, seriously, (he’s) done all this stuff and gets it.”

DeSantis received the single-shot “one and done” Johnson and Johnson vaccine last year. Asked if he’d had a booster in December, he suggested not, telling the Fox News Channel he’d only had the “normal shot.”

Biden has had four shots already, meanwhile, with the two-dose Pfizer vaccine and two subsequent booster shots.

DeSantis has messaged on Biden’s positive diagnosis throughout the President’s recuperation, including at a speech in Tampa Friday.

“I want to wish the President a speedy recovery from COVID, and America a speedy recovery from Biden,” DeSantis quipped at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit.

Both Friday’s remarks to a partisan crowd and Wednesday’s remarks at a state-sanctioned event were crowd pleasers.

DeSantis on Wednesday also remarked on the irony of Biden advocating vaccine mandates through the federal government.

“They’ve kicked people out of the military based on these COVID shots. They’re trying to kick people out of the National Guard around the country based on these,” DeSantis said. “These are shots where you take all these boosters and still get infected. There’s no justification to impose those mandates on anybody.”

“It’s based on exercising power over people,” DeSantis contended.

DeSantis delved into vaccine mandates as one drag on military recruitment, but suggested the “massive recruiting problem” had deeper roots.

“There’s a lot of factors for why the recruiting is so poor into the military,” DeSantis said, including “woke ideology” and an unclear sense of “mission.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Frankie M.

    July 27, 2022 at 10:40 am

    “We just saw Joe Biden test positive for COVID, right? And I’ve said we obviously wish him well.

    Yeah I believe that. At least ol Joe didn’t end up in the hospital like Ronnie’s boss. How many “normal” shots did Donnie get exactly?
    And now military recruiting is Biden’s fault? Couldn’t have anything to do with the 20 year occupation of 2 countries most Americans couldn’t find on a map, could it?

    Per cnbc…The White House’s handling of Biden’s Covid diagnosis so far stands in stark contrast to the way former President Donald Trump’s administration revealed his positive test to the public.

    Trump himself announced in an Oct. 2, 2020, tweet that he and then-first lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid. That evening, Trump was airlifted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in what the White House at the time called a “precautionary measure.” At that time, Covid vaccines were not widely available.

    A year later, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows revealed in a book that Trump had received a positive test on Sept. 26, three days before he debated Biden in person without a mask. Trump subsequently took a negative test hours after the initial one.

    Trump’s doctor confirmed that the president received supplemental oxygen twice while hospitalized. He had also taken doses of the antiviral therapy remdesivir.

    • Tom

      July 27, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Frankie, Amazingly you know all details per openness and honesty per ex potus 45, doc and staff.

      Biden’s doc hid in basement, released meaningless statements and was never on camera. Somehow that was better.

      Frankie, you are a small and pathetic rodent, along with the band of soros Manchurian filth that populates FP so gleefully,

      You pathetic bastards never stop with your whining, bellyaching and socialist advocacy,

      All of you are brain dead, you have nothing to say but trump! Just a bunch of empty Soros Manchurian pumpkins. Pathetic.

  • Joe Corsin

    July 27, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Vote RED for neo nazi, fake Christian, psycho grifters
    Vote RED for right wing police state
    Vote RED for rule by the redneck rich for the redneck rich
    Vote RED for anti-government terrorist militias

  • Margaret Evans

    July 27, 2022 at 11:02 am

    DeSantis comparing himself with a senior citizen is ridiculous but since he is, President Biden looks much fitter and toned than our pudgy Governor. Our POTUS continues to work through his bout with COVID while Trump ran to the hospital for “special “ treatments that citizens were denied then. Our POTUS had such a positive outlook on life while DeSantis is a whiny bigot. Pres Biden has done so well BECAUSE of the multiple shots as has MOST Americans. Most being hospitalized have not had shots or had other medical issues. DeSantis discouraged masking and shots resulting in so many more getting infected. We are thankful for our four shots and masks – neither of us have had COVID and although it’s still a possibility, we do believe shots have helped. Friends and family who have had COVID even with serious medical issues were not hospitalized and ALL had four shots.

    • Tom

      July 31, 2022 at 6:25 am

      You are ignorant and a liar Margaret.
      America’s Gov never told you not to get a shot, u are an idiot 4 x later.

      Biden re tested again, 3 days later.
      He’s a joke, how ridiculous, btw, Florida has been recognized as the best Covid safety state. HHS admitted most seniors inoculated per DeSantis.

      Biden is a loser. Trump created all the meds, Biden has done nothing.

      Save the bellyaching.

  • Bill baird

    July 27, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    I feel like after the governor supervised over 71,000 people dying under his watch in Florida from Covid, he should at least be smart enough not to joke about anyone having Covid

    • Tom

      July 31, 2022 at 6:19 am

      Bill Baird, u r mental, if you think he supervised that. He did not.

      In that case, Biden and Fauci supervised over a million peeps dying.

      DeSantis is America’s greatest Gov.

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