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Charlie Crist Promotes Multiple DeSantis COVID Conspiracies in Gubernatorial Announcement

Representative Charlie Crist (D., Fla.) introduced Tuesday that he could be difficult Governor Ron DeSantis to reclaim Florida’s gubernatorial chair, and a part of his pitch is that he’ll worth scientific contributions as governor — not like DeSantis, who he says “attacked doctors and scientists” in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video launching his marketing campaign, Crist argued that “while COVID took the lives of 35,000 Floridians, DeSantis attacked doctors and scientists.” Accompanying his voice was a screenshot of a South Florida Sun Sentinel article detailing how Florida police had executed a search warrant on the home of disgraced former state worker Rebekah Jones. Florida ought to be a spot the place exhausting work is rewarded, justice is equal, and alternative is true in entrance of you. That’s a Florida for all — and that is why I’m operating for Governor. Join us: https://t.co/ayqK3371Ik pic.twitter.com/l1OksxMP1y — Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) May 4, 2021 Crist evidently subscribes to the view that Jones, who was fired from her place as a knowledge employee at Florida’s Department of Health resulting from a number of efficiency points, is a truth-telling “whistleblower.” Jones claimed she was fired as a result of she bravely stood as much as the DeSantis administration’s efforts to hide the state’s true COVID demise toll. But in keeping with a number of state officers, Jones really objected to a routine state coverage which required that demise toll figures be totally vetted earlier than being added to the state’s COVID dashboard. The figures that Jones claimed had been being hidden had been added to the dashboard lower than a day after she raised her issues. Florida’s emergency-management director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, has warned in opposition to believing the “conspiracy theories” that Jones has repeatedly pushed. Police raided Jones’ home after they decided that somebody in her home illicitly accessed a state authorities messaging system to inform authorities staff to “speak up before another 17,000 people are dead.” “They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids,” Jones tweeted after police raided her home. But Florida Department of Law Enforcement Rick Swearingen commissioner stated in a press release that “at no time were weapons pointed at anyone in the home,” and that Jones had refused to permit police in for over 20 minutes, regardless of their having a warrant to look the premises. Jones additionally accused DeSantis of orchestrating the raid, however a spokesperson for the governor stated the governor’s workplace “had no involvement, no knowledge, no nothing, of this investigation” and added that the investigation had been launched earlier than the message had been linked to Jones. Crist, whose present congressional district is more likely to be redrawn following 2022 redistricting, has additionally pushed different uncorroborated or debunked COVID conspiracies in opposition to DeSantis. He promoted a Yahoo article that misrepresented a research inspecting Florida’s “excess deaths” in the course of the pandemic to recommend that DeSantis is “likely hiding thousands of positive COVID cases,” — a framing the research’s principal creator says is wrong. And Crist promoted a now-infamous 60 Minutes story that urged DeSantis had made a sweetheart cope with grocery retailer chain Publix for vaccine distribution. #60Minutes made it crystal clear. In @GovRonDeSantis’s Florida, the rich get early entry to vaccines. For everybody else… it is the Hunger Games. Floridians deserve higher. — Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) April 4, 2021 Following the story’s publication, which selectively edited a DeSantis response, a number of Democrats — together with the mayor of Palm Beach County, whom the story targeted on — known as it “absolute malarkey” and “intentionally false.” In his marketing campaign video, Crist additionally means that DeSantis “handed out vaccines to his wealthy contributors, while seniors were left waiting.” That narrative is disputed by DeSantis and Moskowitz, the emergency-management director, who level out that the demographic make-up of vaccine recipients is a pure consequence of Florida’s aged inhabitants being disproportionately white. “We’re trying to vaccinate as many seniors as possible,” Moskowitz informed National Review. “Does a senior who lives in a housing project who might get COVID versus a senior that lives in Century Village or The Villages, if they get COVID, they both wind up in the hospital potentially in each of their communities. And that end of the day, we have to vaccinate everybody.”

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