DeSantis Slams Trump: Leaders ‘Don’t Subcontract Out Their Leadership To Health Bureaucrats Like Fauci’
NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND - APRIL 21: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives remarks at the Heritage Foundation's 50th Anniversary Leadership Summit at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on April 21, 2023 in National Harbor, Maryland. During his remarks DeSantis spoke on policy and social issues his administration has taken on in the state of Florida including education in schools, funding law enforcement, and gun legislation.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took perhaps his first shot at former President Donald Trump over the weekend for effectively making unelected health bureaucrat Dr. Anthony Fauci, the then-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the most powerful person in the U.S. government.

“A leader must have the confidence to stand all alone if need be,” DeSantis said at the Utah GOP Convention on Saturday. “And so for us, as I got into office, COVID presented that situation for us because we were in a situation – the third-largest state in the country – one of the highest percentage of elderly, economy based on tourism, which we needed to travel to continue.”

“So this situation was an existential threat to our state, but I made the judgment,” DeSantis continued. “Leaders take the bull by the horns and make the decisions for themselves. They don’t subcontract out their leadership to health bureaucrats like Dr. Fauci.”


The former president’s 2020 Twitter campaign account repeatedly promoted how much the former president listened to Fauci and never pushed back against anything Fauci suggested.

The remarks from DeSantis come as Trump faced backlash from conservatives for using far-left organizations and media to attack DeSantis and the state of Florida.

Trump used data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Florida Policy Institute to attack DeSantis for allegedly leading the state “to tumble into complete and total delinquency and destruction.”

“The real DeSantis record is one of misery and despair,” the Trump campaign claimed. “He has left a wake of destruction all across Florida and people are hurting because he has spent more time playing public relations games instead of actually doing the hard-work needed to improve the lives of the people he represents.”

Trump’s remarks come as more Americans have moved to Florida over the last few years — including Trump himself — than any other state in the country in-large part due to the freedoms that were protected in the state during the pandemic.

Fox News reported that the NLIHC is an organization “dedicated to achieving racially and socially equitable public policy,” while the Florida Policy Institute is a left-leaning organization that claims to be non-partisan. Another report said that NLIHC was a “a pro-transgender nonprofit that’s part of a coalition of progressive organizations (Alliance for Justice/AJF) backed by Soros.”

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