Guardian: Republican Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s faltering response to soaring new coronavirus numbers in his state is descending into acrimony, after an accusation his administration is “cooking the books” in an effort to hide the true impact of the devastating pandemic.
Here was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a month ago puffing out his chest about 'successfully' ignoring public health experts. pic.twitter.com/f2epgxe4lI
— Matt Rogers 🎙️ (@Politidope) June 26, 2020
Do you see what's happening?#Florida is spiking under DeSantis.
Republicans are panicking.
Texas is slowly turning.
Putin is displeased.
Pence is worthless.
People are dying.#TrumpIsLosing #EndTheNightmarepic.twitter.com/yjyGtDrsZi
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 27, 2020
The situation in Florida is part of a widespread surge of infections across broad swathes of the US, especially in states – often run by Republicans – which have rushed to reopen their economies.
Sean Hannity on May 20: "Florida got it right, Texas got it right … the mob and the media, by the way, you own Governor DeSantis a huge apology" pic.twitter.com/7Ce58CdQtm
— Madeline Peltz (@peltzmadeline) June 26, 2020
So far this month, Florida has seen confirmed cases more than double from 56,000 to above 114,000, and set daily records on seven of the last 13 days. Meanwhile, the number of deaths among Florida residents has climbed to almost 3,400.
9,000 new infections today.
29,000 new infections in the last seven days.
This is a catastrophic failure, Governor DeSantis. You have betrayed the people of Florida.
You will be held accountable.https://t.co/1tbqb1pdwO
— Rep. Donna E. Shalala (@RepShalala) June 26, 2020
Rebekah Jones, who says she was fired from her job in charge of the state’s official Covid-19 database in May for refusing to manipulate its figures, claimed on social media to have evidence that employees at Florida’s department of health “have been instructed this week to change the numbers and begin slowly deleting deaths and cases so it looks like Florida is improving next week in the lead-up to July 4, like they’ve ‘made it over the hump’.”
Ron DeSantis didn’t fail Florida because he’s a stupid person. He failed Florida because he is Trump’s little bitch. He refused to listen to science and now we are going to become the next COVID-19 epicenter. #DeSantisFailedFlorida
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) June 24, 2020
“They’re only reporting all these cases now so they can restrict reporting next week to make everyone think it’s over,” she said.
Florida is now testing across the board at a 9% positive rate, Orlando International Airport employees tested positive at 50% rate.
Meanwhile Governor DeSantis doubles down & says “no way we will lockdown again.” #Floridacoronavirus
Save yourself & your family, vote blue Nov. pic.twitter.com/CNCgJdrOD4
— JDP (@petee224) June 17, 2020
#GovernorFloridianKiller DeSantis is Having Public Records in Florida DELIBERATELY FALSIFIED to delete legitimate COVID Deaths from counts and thereby give the unwarranted impression that this State is getting over the hump. ASTOUNDING! Please RT
— Ed Hull (@EdHull8) June 24, 2020