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Florida Democrat Nikki Fried Thinks DeSantis Has COVID and Hid it From the Public

The COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the United States for the last year. Rather than taking on the pandemic at a federal level, Donald Trump essentially told the states that they were on their own. And the efforts to prevent the spread of the illness has varied wildly between red states and blue states.

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Red states, like Texas and Mississippi have recently announced that they removing mask mandates despite the fact that the virus was continuing to spread. But no state has taken more of a relaxed attitude towards COVID prevention quite like Florida.

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has been accused of giving doses of the vaccine to wealthy supporters. Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Nikki Fried, has been a constant critic of the governor. And in a recent podcast, she accused DeSantis of contracting COVID and hiding it from the public.

Fried told Molly Jong-Fast, “You know, he [DeSantis] went MIA for three weeks in November claiming that he was working on some statewide plan. My take is that he probably had COVID and didn’t want to tell people when the vaccines first came to the state.”

The Florida Democrat continued:

“A lot of it was, he [DeSantis] was getting his nod from President Trump and wasn’t able to do anything without President Trump’s approval, and the same thing is happening here, because now President Trump is a resident. So I’m sure that [DeSantis] is consistently calling the president and I’m sure the president’s wealthy friends in the state of Florida are asking for the vaccines, and so they’re getting it delivered to them.”



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