ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Governor Ron DeSantis set social media ablaze on Wednesday after he made disparaging comments about Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying he was sick of seeing him and that “someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac.”
The inflammatory remarks came after the governor repudiated Fauci’s claim that no children were irreparably damaged as a result of forced masking and lockdowns. Earlier this month, KRON 4 News in Chicago reported that children are now being treated for developmental issues spawning from COVID mandates. Other reports show that illiteracy levels have skyrocketed among youth in Latin American countries.
OUTRAGE FROM THE LEFT
While the crowd roared in laughter, many DeSantis critics expressed outrage on Twitter. Andrew Weinstein, Chair of the Democratic Lawyers Council, called the comments “sickening and dangerous” and suggested the governor should get a “visit from the authorities.”
Activist and podcaster Dash Dobrofsky accused DeSantis of “taking a page straight [from] Mao’s Cultural Revolution.” He also wrote, “Ron wants his angry MAGA supporters to assault an 81 year old man who dedicated his life to serving America. Making violent threats against government officials is illegal.”
The narrowest portion of the Potomac River where it runs through Washington D.C. is around 100 feet. This would make for a challenging throw, even for the strongest MAGA supporter.
REINFORCEMENTS FROM THE RIGHT
Meanwhile, conservatives doubled down on DeSantis comments, suggesting Fauci is a “criminal” who deserves worse. BlazeTV host Steve Deace said in a tweet, “Anthony Fauci deserves a fate far worse than an ornery turn of phrase by Ron DeSantis. After a fair and transparent criminal trial, of course.”
Ben Shapiro joked that the governor’s comments were an insult to elves. Allie Beth Stuckey wrote, “Fauci pushed policies that destroyed people’s lives. People died alone because of him. Many kids will never recover from lockdowns & masks. DeSantis calling him an elf is kind.”
A DOUBLE STANDARD
Popular podcast host Eric Matheny alluded to Chuck Schumer’s remarks from writing, “Someone actually traveled to DC with a plan and intent to kill Kavanaugh.”
Standing outside the Supreme Court in May 2020, Schumer threatened Trump-nominated Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch in 2020, saying, “You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”