Furious Florida doctors lash out at DeSantis over 'unbelievably frightening' surge of COVID-19 patients
According to a report from Vanity Fair's Bess Levin, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is facing withering criticism from doctors in his state for not taking the resurgence of COVID-19 seriously as the Delta variant overwhelms hospitals at a frightening pace.
As the report notes, Florida reported 10,389 new hospitalizations for COVID on Monday that comes on the heels of a staggering 21,000 new infections on Friday making Florida home to almost one in five cases nationally.
On Monday, CNN's John Avlon reported that Florida "has gotten nearly 25 times more people hospitalized for COVID than in all of Canada," and, according to The Independent, doctors in the Sunshine State are fed up with the Republican governor who recently started fundraising by selling item mocking getting vaccinated.
According to Vanity Fair's Levin, "Last month, DeSantis's reelection campaign introduced koozies and T-shirts bearing the phrase 'Don't Fauci My Florida' as his state began to see some of the highest hospitalizations, new infections, and deaths per capita in the country, claiming that Florida's economy would have been in the toilet if it had 'followed Fauci.' The items were listed along anti-mask merch printed with the DeSantis quote, 'How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?' While the governor's office swears the state is in great shape, and that the recent spike is merely a 'seasonal' blip, the data seems to indicate otherwise."
Florida's doctors seem to concur.
In an interview, Bernard Ashby, a Miami cardiologist stated, "While hospitals in our state were filling up, DeSantis was shouting about 'Freedom over Faucism.'"
Ashby, who also heads up the state's Committee to Protect Health Care, added, "If DeSantis were as concerned about stopping COVID-19 spread as he was about coming up with these clever jabs about Dr. Fauci, we might not be in this position," reported the Independent which added that doctors in the state are both "furious and ashamed."
Dr. Aileen Marty, a Florida International University infectious disease expert also expressed dismay.
"There is no higher risk area in the United States than we're seeing here," she admitted before lamenting, "The numbers that we're seeing are unbelievable, just unbelievably frightening."
According to a report from the Washington Post, former President Donald Trump engaged in a "personal pressure campaign" during the dying days of his term to try and compel acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen to investigate claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Trump allegedly called Rosen nearly every day between the resignation of Attorney General William Barr and the deadly January 6th riot at the Capitol, badgering him about what the Justice Department was doing to investigate erroneous claims of improper vote counts. The Justice Department recently notified Rosen and Richard Donoghue, one of Rosen's top aides, that notes taken during these calls could be turned over to Congress if Trump does not take legal action to block their release. Rosen and Donoghue could also be questioned about these conversations by congressional committees investigating Trump's actions after the election.
Trump's pleas for Rosen to investigate these voter fraud claims were but one of many attempts by Republicans to cast doubt on and ultimately overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which also included attempts to send alternative slates of electors to Congress, formal objections to the electoral vote count, and, ultimately, the attempted insurrection on January 6th.
An anonymous source told the Washington Post that Trump was "absolutely obsessed" with getting Rosen to investigate the election, but that Rosen, for his part, remained "generally noncommittal" and did not promise to "take any specific action." Rosen's apparent lack of enthusiasm may have led to an eleventh-hour plan to replace Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who was more sympathetic to Trump's goals. Clark has denied that such a plan was ever under consideration.
The Justice Department's willingness to allow Rosen and Donoghue to testify about the content of their calls with Trump represents something of a reversal for the Department, which has continued to defend the former president against a defamation lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll and another lawsuit concerning the teargassing of protestors at Lafayette Square. In its letter to Rosen and Donoghue, the Justice Department said that the investigation into "whether former President Trump sought to cause the Department to use its law enforcement and litigation authorities to advance his personal political interests" represented "extraordinary events" and "exceptional circumstances" that necessitated the disclosure of information that they would otherwise be obliged to keep private.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — If you’ve watched the Olympics recently, you’ve probably seen an ad featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren urging Californians to vote no on the Sept. 14 recall election. The Massachusetts Democrat won’t be the last big-name Democrat to make a swing through the Golden State — physically or virtually — to try to help Gov. Gavin Newsom keep his job. “They need star power to grab the attention of Democratic voters,” said Darry Sragow, a seasoned Democratic strategist. Just weeks ago, the recall looked like a long shot. But recent polling suggests that almost as many likely voters want...
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