If there is one thing most people outside of cable news can agree on when it comes to the Covid-19 pandemic it’s that Dr. Anthony Fauci would eventually come to be seen by many as a villain, and that sentiment is now being put to good use by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign.
The DeSantis campaign is hanging the Fauci fiasco around Donald Trump’s neck like an ornament in a brutal campaign ad that calls attention to the former president’s decision not to fire the infectious disease expert who seemed to get things wrong as much as he got them right.
The ad opens with clips of Trump’s time on “The Apprentice” telling contestants “You’re fired.”
Those moments were labeled “Reality TV Trump,” which were followed by clips of Trump explaining why he did not fire Fauci or defending his decision not to fire him, which the video labeled, “Real Life Trump.”
“Donald Trump became a household name by FIRING countless people *on television* But when it came to Fauci…,” DeSantis’s rapid response team tweeted, in sharing the 44-second spot.
Donald Trump became a household name by FIRING countless people *on television*
But when it came to Fauci… pic.twitter.com/7Lxwf75NQm
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 5, 2023
“Today I walk in, and I hear I’m going to fire him. I’m not firing him. I think he’s a wonderful guy,” Trump said of Fauci in the first clip from a briefing at the White House.
That was followed by a reporter asking Trump if he should have fired Fauci. He replied, “So, a lot of people ask me that question, and I did it right. Because if you do fire him, you’re going to have a firestorm on the left again.”
Another clip shows the former president seemingly suggesting that he wasn’t “allowed” to fire Fauci.
Here’s another short take on that moment shared by the DeSantis campaign:
Tonight, Donald Trump said he wasn’t “allowed” to fire Fauci.
But Trump repeatedly said he could have — but didn’t to avoid criticism by the media.
Trump promised to Drain the Swamp. All we got were excuses. pic.twitter.com/umdJk6hgTL
— DeSantis War Room (@DeSantisWarRoom) June 1, 2023
“Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb,” Trump is then heard saying. “But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him.”
“Frankly, you can’t win that one. If I would have done it, I would have taken heat,” he is heard saying.
Fauci figures to remain a central part of DeSantis’s attack on Trump. Last month, during an interview with Glenn Beck, the Republican governor blasted the former president for “turning the country over to Fauci,” claiming that Trump “destroyed millions of people’s lives.”
Desantis says Trump “destroyed millions of people’s lives” when he “turned the country over to Fauci.” pic.twitter.com/nvuyuECwiK
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 25, 2023
Trump’s counter has been to cite the number of coronavirus deaths to claim that DeSantis did a worse job handling the pandemic than former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), which is quite a stretch given that Florida has a larger population and a much larger proportion of elderly residents.
“How about the fact that he had the third-most deaths of any state,” Trump said in a campaign video late last month. “Even Cuomo did better. He was No. 4.”
DONATE TO BIZPAC REVIEW
Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!
- Trudeau issues statement on ‘deeply embarrassing’ standing O for Nazi SS vet during Zelenskyy visit - September 26, 2023
- DeSantis throws down the gauntlet with Newsom as details of their debate revealed - September 26, 2023
- Jean-Pierre testy about questions on Biden’s plan to join union picket line - September 26, 2023
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.