The attacks against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis -- largely fueled by political fear, in my opinion -- are utterly unceasing, and often preposterous.
We've corrected the record numerous times already, and will continue to do so. In recent days, progressives criticized DeSantis for supposedly disappearing and not showing up for work, when in fact he was working at the Capitol in Tallahassee nearly every day, and also was accompanying his wife to her cancer treatments. Quote: "Chemotherapy is not a vacation."
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also lied about DeSantis' position on vaccines from the White House podium. It's one thing to argue that DeSantis could be more proactive on that issue, and less focused on alternative treatments. There are some fair critiques to be made. But it's just false to pretend as though DeSantis hasn't encouraged vaccination in his state.
We've fact checked this smear before. His critics previously assailed him for the various ways in which he encouraged vaccination (why's he doing it on Fox News?), prioritized the vulnerable (that's not the CDC guidance!), and made the process easy and convenient for Floridians (using the most popular chain store in the state is corrupt).
Florida has the highest vaccination rate of any state carried by Trump in 2020, and is above the national average. But somehow it's always a lose/lose proposition for DeSantis with these people, because they are not operating in good faith. The latest hits on DeSantis involve expiring COVID tests and his de-emphasizing testing asymptomatic people. Let's start with the tests. The US is facing a nationwide testing shortage, even after trillions in supposed "pandemic" spending, and even some in the mainstream media cannot ignore this Biden administration failure. But in a clumsy effort to make this a DeSantis problem, Democrats and their media allies are alleging that DeSantis callously allowed a warehouse filled with tests to simply expire. Is that true?