DeSantis spox spanks Atlantic writer for smearing Florida so hard he blocks her, deletes tweets

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christine Pushaw nailed Atlantic writer Derek Thompson for smearing Florida conservatives who are standing up against vaccine mandates while ostensibly giving Democrats a pass for refusing Republican-promoted treatments.

“I wrote about a very American paradox: Among developed nations, the US has perhaps the highest reluctance to accept mRNA vaccines that we did more than any country to invent, produce, and distribute,” Thompson originally tweeted.

In his article, “How America Dropped to No. 36” Thompson wrote, “The U.S. is distinctly unlucky in having a polarized two-party system, in which one party’s elites take up vaccine resistance as a prominent cause. While GOP governors and even former President Donald Trump have admitted to being vaccinated and occasionally recommended the shots, the party’s most significant media organs, including Fox News, have consistently questioned the benefits of the vaccines, amplified the side effects, celebrated evidence-free skepticism, and blasted attempts to promote vaccinations.”

“Today, Florida Republicans aren’t just claiming that the vaccines are faulty. They’re reportedly looking to rescind measles- and mumps-vaccine requirements. Negative polarization has fully overtaken the right wing of the Republican Party, whose ethos is now something like ‘Whatever liberals say, I’m against’ and whose members stand ready to embrace the most absurd conclusions of that logic,” he posited.

Pushaw pushed back against his assertions, tweeting, “Couldn’t you say the same thing about Democrats who reflexively oppose COVID treatment because a Republican promoted it? For example, a month ago Democrats and the media were falsely claiming that Regeneron is a scam to enrich a GOP donor.”

Thompson justified his stance and responded acidly to Pushaw, “yes I would and I said so weeks ago. but I also said and still think that vaccine resistance and vaccine lies are more consequential that mocking ivermectin with falsehoods, even tho both are wrong.”

Pushaw hit back with logic and statistics to prove her point. She bluntly asked him why he was singling out Florida in his attack:

At that point in the back and forth, Thompson stopped answering Pushaw and started deleting tweets. Specifically, the one where he was smearing Florida.

Pushaw responded, “Lol, yikes. Hope he deletes the article too.”

That didn’t happen. Thompson not only stopped answering Pushaw after she provided statistics poking holes in his argument… he blocked her on Twitter as well.

The back and forth on Twitter continued however with others chiming in and the press secretary responding:

Many on social media are not buying Thompson’s weak arguments and his blaming of conservative states such as Florida for alleged dropping vaccine rates. Instead, they blame President Biden, the media, Big Tech, Big Pharma, and the government for the distrust:


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