Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called out Dr. Anthony Fauci during a speech at the Don’t Tread on Florida Rally, referring to him as a “little elf” and declaring that someone needs to “chuck him across the Potomac.”
The Florida governor has been an outspoken critic of Fauci, who serves at the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical adviser to the president.
“I know he says he’s gonna retire — someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac,” DeSantis said at the rally.
His comments elicited a round of applause.
Fauci recently announced that he plans to retire from his career as a bureaucrat in December — which many conservatives have pointed to as coincidental timing, as it is conveniently right after the November midterms where Republicans are expected to regain the majority in both chambers of Congress and just before January, when they would be sworn in.
“I am announcing today that I will be stepping down from the positions of Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, as well as the position of Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden. I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career,” he said in a statement.
DeSantis, who entered the governor’s office in early 2019, has become a star in the conservative movement, especially because he is not afraid to speak his mind about the media, conservative values and corrupt government officials like Fauci.
DeSantis is currently running for reelection in Florida’s gubernatorial election against Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday.
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— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantisFL) August 24, 2022
During remarks on Wednesday, Crist claimed that DeSantis was “anti-democracy,” “anti-women,” and “anti-African American.” The Democrat congressman also referred to the governor as “anti-freedom Ron.”
“Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him,” Crist said, adding, “I don’t want your vote.”