Florida GOP Governor’s Vaccine Fundraising Just Landed Him in Hot Water
During a Sunday night appearance on 60 Minutes, Ron DeSantis had an angry response to being called out for his handling of vaccine distribution.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has regularly painted himself as the hero of the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been a number of questions about how the state is reporting cases and deaths. And there are also questions about whether vaccines were funneled towards donors.
60 Minutes reporter Sharyn Alfonsi aired a segment about the relationship between DeSantis and Publix grocery stores. She then asked, “Publix as you know donated $100,000 to your campaign and then you rewarded them with the exclusive rights to distribute the vaccine in Palm Beach.”
“So first of all what you’re saying is wrong,” DeSantis shot back. “That’s a fake narrative .. I met with the county mayor. I met with the administrator. I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County and I said, ‘here’s some of the options. We can do more drive-thru sites. We can give more to hospitals. We can do the Publix.’ And they said, ‘We think that would be the easiest thing for our residents.”
Alfonsi then mentioned criticisms that DeSantis and Publix are engaged in a pay for play scheme. “It’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative,” DeSantis said. “I just disabused you of the narrative and you don’t care about the facts because obviously I just laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable. So clearly it’s not.” The reporter continued to ask questions, but the Florida governor shouted over her, “No no no you’re wrong you’re wrong you’re wrong.”
Watch a clip of the segment below:
"What you're saying is wrong," Gov DeSantis tells Sharyn Alfonsi in response to a question about whether the Publix grocery store chain gained influence through a campaign donation on his behalf. "It's wrong. It's a fake narrative," he says. https://t.co/gyrW9hYPTg pic.twitter.com/5rBq7v5VOA
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