Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Wednesday, calling for somebody to “grab” the nation’s prime infectious illness knowledgeable and “chuck him across the Potomac.”
“I’m just sick of seeing him! I know he says he’s going to retire. Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac,” DeSantis, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, mentioned to cheers throughout a marketing campaign cease on his “Keep Florida Free Tour.”
Fauci, who’s President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, introduced Monday he was stepping down from all present posts “to pursue the next chapter of my career.”
The 81-year-old grew to become a prime goal for right-wing hate over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, following assaults from former President Donald Trump and different Republican leaders.
Earlier this month, for instance, a Maryland man was sentenced to three years in prison after he despatched emails threatening to hurt or kill Fauci, his members of the family and different well being officers.
One of the emails threatened that Fauci and his household could be “dragged into the street, beaten to death, and set on fire.” Another learn: “Hope you get a bullet in your compromised satanic elf skull today.”
DeSantis has lengthy harnessed hate towards Fauci to fundraise and fireplace up his base. In mid-2021, as COVID-19 circumstances soared in his state, he was selling “Don’t Fauci my Florida” can coolers and T-shirts.