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The left understands how critical Florida will be in the November election and have been actively engaged in a campaign to denigrate Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a furtherance of the efforts to win the state.
The same cabal that sees New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as presidential timber have called for DeSantis to resign over a surge in coronavirus cases — fraudulent numbers notwithstanding — even though New York has had 27,000 more deaths.
Just how critical Florida is was seen Tuesday when MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace went off on Miami’s Republican Mayor Francis Suarez because he was not criticizing Gov. DeSantis and the Trump administration to her liking.
At one point in the segment, when Suarez was talking about leaders being expected to lead during a crisis, Wallace asked, “How counterproductive it is to have someone like DeSantis as your governor and Trump as the president?”
Expectations of unbiased reporting went out the window with that snide remark.
Suarez supports a statewide mandatory mask requirement, but DeSantis has not been willing to go that far, leaving the decision to local officials.
In response to Wallace’s partisan jab, he said the governor “has done things that I’m appreciative of. He answered all my calls.”
Whether he realized it or not, Suearez was on for one purpose and one purpose only, that being to condemn DeSantis and Trump, and Wallace made that clear when he was talking about a lack of direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I think the CDC, which is supposed to be the governmental entity that guides us throughout this, has not been either — I don’t know what the reason is — but they have not given us as much guidance as we would like to see,” he began saying,
“Let me interrupt you, sir, do you really not know — do you really not know what the reason is why you haven’t seen the CDC guidance?” a frustrated Wallace interjected.
After he deferred to her to provide the reason before trying to share his perspective, the MSNBC host replied, “I just read the papers, I’m sure you do, too.”
“To me, it doesn’t matter what the reasons are,” Suarez responded. “We need that guidance. We need the CDC to do what it’s supposed to do. We need the CDC to tell governments like us, with the experts that it has, exactly what actions need to be taken and when, because cities like ours don’t have a health department.”
After an exchange about federal government contacts, Wallace asked Suarez if he thinks the fault lies with the CDC?
Again, the mayor avoided pointing fingers to focus on the problem.
“Well — listen, I don’t know whether the fault lies with the CDC, or whether it’s something political, whether it’s something greater than that, I just think that the CDC is the governmental agency tasked with controlling diseases. And so whether it’s a political, you know — “
Wallace interrupted again to condescendingly slam Suarez for not reading the paper, before providing the answer herself that he failed to offer — which was to blame the administration.
“You’re the mayor of a huge city in a hot spot, and it’s stunning to me that you haven’t read the public reporting that the vice president is using public appearances to squash CDC guidelines, or diminish them when it comes to the debate around public school openings,” she sniped. “You surely have read public reports that the CDC has been cut out of patient reportings from hospitals that have hospitalized COVID patients.”
“You surely — I’ve spent time in Miami, I know you get the New York Times there,” she continued. “They have had stunning reporting that [Health and Human Services] and the CDC tried to sound the alarms to the White House. I’m happy to try to get you some better phone numbers, but sir, you must be aware that the CDC is trying to help people exactly like yourself.”
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