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- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is selling campaign merch that mocks COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
- The new T-shirts and koozies read "Don't Fauci My Florida."
- Florida is battling some of the highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in the US.
Amid some of thedeaths, hospitalizations, and infections in the US, Florida's GOP governor, Ron DeSantis, is mocking White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci with campaign merchandise released this week.
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"[Cuban refugees] have a hundred-times stronger case for political persecution leaving a communist dictatorship than the other migrants who are coming across the border," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News.But in a Fox News appearance afterwards, DeSantis tied immigration back to the issue he has thrown himself into over the last week: The plight of Cubans revolting against the Cuban dictatorship.
DeSantis' campaign team rolled out T-shirts and koozies reading "Don't Fauci My Florida" on Monday, in the latest Republican stunt against COVID-19 measures.
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Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, DeSantis has positioned himself as a vocal opponent to lockdown measures, keeping most of Florida's schools and businesses open in spite of public-health experts' calls for social distancing.
Other T-shirts and hats on the DeSantis campaign site read "Keep Florida Free" while certain beer koozies sport a key DeSantis quote that reads ""How the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on?"
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“I want to say that officially,” Fauci said to Paul during a heated exchange on Tuesday Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The committee will hear testimony about the Biden administration's ongoing plans to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and Delta variant.
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DeSantis' campaign did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
It's not the first time DeSantis has slammed Fauci, who also serves as the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In early June, when COVID cases in the state had plateaued as vaccinations became widely available,economically because the state did not follow Fauci's advice.
Fauci has been a vocal proponent of face masks, vaccinations, and social distancing in the face of the pandemic - measures that many conservatives have rallied against, helping to turn Fauci, a medical expert, into a polarizing political figure over the last year.
"We're going to end up probably having like $10 million in reserve once the new budget takes effect," DeSantis said in June. "That would not have been possible if we had followed Fauci. Instead we followed freedom. And that's the reason Florida is doing better.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Monday that his state will fight a recent court order that left in place Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restrictions on cruise ships amid the coronavirus pandemic.While addressing the recent ruling at a press conference, DeSantis said his administration is "absolutely going to pursue" its legal options, either in the same court that issued the new ruling or at the U.S. Supreme Court.AWhile addressing the recent ruling at a press conference, DeSantis said his administration is "absolutely going to pursue" its legal options, either in the same court that issued the new ruling or at the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the virus outlook in the state has turned worrisome in recent weeks.
As of Wednesday, Florida had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per capita in the US and the second-highest number of daily reported cases per capita, falling only behind Arkansas, according to.
Fauci, for his part, has brushed off the conservative backlash towards him, previously calling the response "
The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations jump significantly again .
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases again jumped significantly this week as the vaccination rate in rural counties where some of the worst outbreaks are occurring remains well below the state and national averages. About 5,300 Floridians are now hospitalized with COVID, a 65% jump since last week and nearly a tripling since June 14 when 1,845 were hospitalized, the Florida Hospital Association said. Officials have said more than 95% of those hospitalized were not vaccinated. About 60% of residents 12 and older are vaccinated, according to the state, equal to the national rate.