Recently, a fundraising email for Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis called for the prosecution of Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as other Republicans have done in connection to his supposed lies to Congress about whether or not U.S. authorities funded so-called gain-of-function research into viruses overseas. As a fact-checker with The Washington Post explained, despite claims from Republican Senators that a certain letter confirms that the U.S. did fund gain-of-function research, “No such admission appears in the letter, and NIH officials continue to insist that the EcoHealth work using NIH funds did not constitute gain-of-function research.” Still, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has even claimed that Fauci bears “responsibility” for the pandemic, which — as should go without saying — is ridiculous.
Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg dragged DeSantis during an appearance on MSNBC. As he explained things, referring to DeSantis:
‘This is the same governor who ordered our flags to be flown at half staff when Rush Limbaugh died and ordered 1 million doses of the drug hydroxychloroquine after then-president Trump touted it as a cure for COVID. It was not, and now Florida is stuck with a million doses of a drug that no hospital wants, but that’s the kind of thing that plays well in the MAGA base. The governor has no power to make an arrest or to order an arrest of Dr. Fauci. Even if he’s elected president he won’t have that power, at least not in a functioning democracy. I don’t think DeSantis is an authoritarian, but I do think he’s authoritarian-curious.’
Aronberg added as follows:
‘Threatening to jail one of his political opponents — it does resemble some of the socialist dictators he loves to condemn. He’s acting.. more like a Fidel Castro cosplay, where he’s trying on the clothes and seeing if it will fit. Of course, the danger in all this is that it could lead some of his most rabid supporters to engage in violence. Dr. Fauci has already received multiple death threats over the past year, and there was a guy in July who was prosecuted by the feds for making horrific threats against Dr. Fauci. Hopefully this rhetoric will be toned down… as we gear up towards 2024, I don’t think so.’
Check out Aronberg’s comments below: