BRUTAL DeSantis campaign ad rips Trump for not firing Fauci

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.

“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:

“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.”

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.”


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