In a speech following Dr. Anthony Fauci’s retirement announcement, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had some parting words. Calling President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser a “little elf,” DeSaitis drew applause when he said someone should “chuck him across the Potomac.”
Fauci announced on Monday that he is stepping down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as well as his White House role. He is leaving those positions in December and said he will move on to the next phase of his career.
Fauci has repeatedly stressed that he is not retiring but advancing to another “chapter.”
That chapter presumably includes being under investigation for various misstatements concerning federal agencies’ possible role in the origin of COVID-19. The government veteran has been under fire almost constantly since the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis is considered a frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president in 2024, especially if former President Donald Trump declines to run.
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Meanwhile, much sooner than that he has the race for re-election as Florida’s governor. His opponent, Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, wasted no time after securing his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary election in going after the governor.
On Wednesday, Crist described the Republican as “anti-democracy,” “anti-women,” and “anti-African American.” The challenger also called the governor “anti-freedom Ron.”
DeSantis made the “little elf” comment while speaking at a Florida GOP “Keep Florida Free” gathering in Seminole County. He is quite popular among conservatives and built a name by opposing measures during the COVID-19 pandemic that he felt infringed on his state’s freedoms.
Crist rejected the possibility of appealing to DeSantis’ supporters when he added that those who support the governor should continue to do so. He then said, “I don’t want your vote.”
Despite the faux outrage by the leftist media, everyone can clearly see DeSantis’ comment as an extension of the long-standing rivalry he’s had with Biden’s chief medical adviser. Under the Republican’s leadership, the Sunshine State set a glowing example for the rest to follow.