Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) shot Senior White House Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, and said Fauci “did a lot of damage” as the government’s leading spokesman in the COVID-19 pandemic and never apologized for being wrong.

“I think he did a lot of damage,” DeSantis said during an interview at “Fox & Friends”. “I think he should have been gone long ago. And considering what he’s done with his arrogance, that’s one of the reasons he’s advocated such destructive policies. He thinks that people who disagree with him are kind of below him.”

DeSantis said Fauci’s recommendations were the “driving force” behind policies he opposed as Florida governor, including closing schools, masking children and shutting down businesses to slow the spread of the virus .

“It cost people jobs. He destroyed people’s businesses with his policies — and he was never willing to admit he was wrong when it became clear that those policies weren’t working,” DeSantis said.

The governor’s jabs come a day after Fauci announced he would be leaving his government job at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for other career opportunities.

Fauci has served in various public health capacities for more than five decades and has become the key spokesperson for the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years. His ubiquitous appearances on cable television and in the news media during the pandemic made him a household name, but also drew scrutiny from those like DeSantis who opposed his policy recommendations.

DeSantis gained popularity in Florida and among Republican voters by posing as a foil for “faucism,” a word the governor uses to describe divisive lockdowns, social distancing and mandatory mask policies.

Public health officials, including Fauci, are insisting on these drastic measures taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 early in the pandemic were necessary to save lives. your critics have argued closures and similar measures Delivery failed on promises to stem the spread of the virus and imposed severe socioeconomic costs including, but not limited to, a recession, inflation, a deepening mental health crisis and children falling behind in school.

Though Fauci is scheduled to leave office by the end of the year, DeSantis told Fox & Friends that Republicans should try to hold him accountable for his handling of the pandemic as they regain majorities in Congress after the upcoming November election .

“I hope that when Republicans take control, they will get to the bottom of everything from the origins of COVID to all the glaring public health failings, especially Dr. Anthony Fauci.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/-2657903852 DeSantis on Fauci: “He did a lot of damage… he should have been gone a long time ago”

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