Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rebuked a reporter today for pushing the false narrative that he was rewarding big donors vaccine contracts. Below is the video of the exchange which starts at 33:00:
The reporter’s question is very hard to hear but from the best I can tell, she is accusing the governor of rewarding Publix with an exclusive vaccine contract after their CEO donated $100,000 to his campaign.
DeSantis quickly disabuses the reporter of that false narrative and explains exactly what happened:
First of all what you’re saying is wrong – that’s a fake narrative… The first pharmacies that had it were CVS and Walgreens and they had a long-term care mission. So they were going to the long-term care facilities; they got vaccine in the middle of December; they started going to long-term care facilities the third week of December to do LTCs. That was their mission, that was very important and we trusted them to do that.
As we got into January we wanted to expand the distribution points. So yes you had the counties; you had some drive-thru sites; you had hospitals that were doing a lot. But we wanted to get it into communities more. So we reached out to other retail pharmacies [like] Publix, Walmart – obviously CVS and Walgreens had to finish that mission and we said we’re going to use you as soon as you’re done with that.
For the Publix, they were the first one to raise their hands and say they were ready to go. And you know what? We did it on a trial basis; I had three counties. I actually showed up that weekend and talked to seniors across four different Publix: ‘How was the experience, is this good, do you think this is the way to go?’ And it was 100% positive, so we expanded it and then folks liked it.
And I can tell you, that if you look at a place like Palm Beach County, they were kinda struggling at first in terms of the senior numbers. I went and met with the county mayor, I met with the administrator, I met with all the folks at 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; we can do this. They calculated that 90% of their seniors live within a mile and a half of a Publix and they said we think that would be the easiest thing for our residents. So we did that and what ended up happening was that you had 65 Publix in Palm Beach. Palm Beach is one of the biggest counties, one of the most elderly counties. We’ve done almost 75% of the seniors in Palm Beach and the reason is because you had such a strong retail footprint.
So our way has been multi-faceted, it has worked and so we’re also now very much expanding CVS and Walgreens now that they’ve completed the long-term care mission.
The reporter apparently responded with the same garbage and DeSantis scolded her:
And it’s wrong. It’s wrong. It’s a fake narrative. And I just disabused you of the narrative and you don’t care about the facts. Because obviously, I laid it out for you in a way that is irrefutable and so it’s clearly not.
The reported continued and DeSantis responded:
No no no, you’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong.
And that was the end of it. This is the kind of crap DeSantis has to put up with, that even after he explains exactly what happened, debunking the false narrative with facts, these reporters still treat him like he’s lying and refuse to accept it.
DeSantis has been extremely successful at making sure his seniors are vaccinated and protected and this is the thanks he gets in return, because he’s a Republican. And not just any Republican, but one who could easily be president. That’s why they continue to attack him.
But Biden can create historic chaos at the border and they all keep giving him tongue baths.