Those behind the anti-Trump conservative group known as The Lincoln Project seem to be among the many Americans who are fed up with the dangerous antics of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, DeSantis has fervently resisted basic safety precautions like mandates to wear face masks, even as Floridians suffer. Lately, during the spread of the so-called delta variant of the virus, Florida has begun leading every other state in average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations — and yet, DeSantis continues to stick so closely by his ideology that he’s recently been targeting local education officials who have put mask mandates in place in an effort to keep people safe.
In a new episode of The Lincoln Project Podcast, conservative commentator Rick Wilson — who co-founded The Lincoln Project — goes after DeSantis. In a clip that the organization posted on Twitter, Wilson says as follows:
‘The reality is going to start kicking in. Florida has basically a quarter or more of all the COVID cases in the country right now. This governor failed to encourage vaccinations at a sufficient rate and tempo, and he’s going to pay a political price for it down the road.’
Check out the new post from The Lincoln Project below:
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 19, 2021
DeSantis is up for re-election next year as part of the midterm election cycle, and so far, two particularly prominent Democrats have announced their hopes to take him on. These prominent contenders include Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) — who is himself a former governor, although he held that spot as a Republican — and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. Amid the unfolding COVID-19 crisis, Fried has sought to use her state-level leadership position to provide some of the leadership that DeSantis has failed to offer. Recently, Fried even spoke at a meeting of the State Board of Education, where she starkly criticized officials for going along with DeSantis’s crusade against mask mandates in schools. As Fried put it, addressing the board members: “Shame on all of you… How embarrassing that you are more afraid of the governor than you are for the lives of our children and teachers who are already getting sick and dying in record numbers.”