In a new video, the anti-Trump conservative group known as The Lincoln Project hammered the failed pandemic response of Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who has resisted the notion of taking even certain basic safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. For much of the surge of what’s known as the delta variant of the virus, Florida has been among the states with the most new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths from the pathogen, but even these grim statistics haven’t changed DeSantis’s political calculus. As the new Lincoln Project video observantly referenced, DeSantis seems determined to prove himself to be committed to Trumpism, no matter the cost.
In the new Lincoln Project video, a narrator pointedly says as follows:
‘Florida is in crisis. Where is Governor Ron DeSantis? Laughing it up in New Jersey, raising money for himself. He ran as a “mini me” Donald Trump. Now he’s trying to prove he’s more Trump than Trump and doesn’t care how many Floridians have to die. Ron DeSantis — the worst governor in America.’
Watch the new video from The Lincoln Project below:
The worst governor in America. pic.twitter.com/nBXFMV4jIe
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) September 15, 2021
DeSantis is up for re-election next year, and two prominent Democrats — including Florida Congressman Charlie Crist and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried — have already announced their hopes of taking him on in the general election. Both have highlighted DeSantis’s failures. Amid the travails of the pandemic, DeSantis has been focused on causes like trying to block both COVID-19 vaccine mandates for cruise ship passengers and mask mandates for schools, even though no age group is somehow immune from the potentially deadly effects of COVID-19.
As Fried recently put it on Twitter:
‘Ron DeSantis has failed to communicate truthfully with Floridians, failed to vigorously encourage vaccinations, & failed to keep our children safe at school. So while he’s traveled the country raising money for his Presidential campaign, I’ve stepped up. And so have you!’
Ron DeSantis has failed to communicate truthfully with Floridians, failed to vigorously encourage vaccinations, & failed to keep our children safe at school.
So while he’s traveled the country raising money for his Presidential campaign, I’ve stepped up.
And so have you! 💜🙏
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) September 11, 2021
DeSantis’s original margin of victory when he won the governorship in 2018 was under one half of one percentage point, so there’s clearly the chance for a Democratic surge to topple his tenure as governor in the midterms!