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Trump, DeSantis using COVID-19 as campaign strategy and power play

Feb 03, 2023

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Dr. Rashad Richey

National TV Political Analyst, Talk Radio Host, Univ. Prof.

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Former President Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign in South Carolina and New Hampshire, claiming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) “changed his tune” frequently with regard to his handling of COVID-19 and vaccines. DeSantis responded to the dig by citing his record-setting percentage win in the Florida governor’s race as proof the people are satisfied with the job he did.

Straight Arrow News contributor Rashad Richey argues politicizing COVID-19 proves that obtaining power is Trump’s and DeSantis’ true ideology.

All right, let the political COVID games begin. Yeah. COVID. Again, politics.

Governor “Ron DeSatan,” I mean, DeSantis, of the state of Florida and former President Donald Trump…well, according to new information, they’re going to make COVID at the center of the political competition.

Now, here’s something that’s ironic. Those on the Right said that it was actually Democrats who massively politicized COVID-19; that those on the Right were simply trying to maintain order and give people choices. You know, the truth is both political sides politicized COVID-19. But in my humble opinion, conservatives did it the best. They politicized it so much that they started to offer ridiculous alternatives to the vaccine: Lysol, bleach, infrared light…it was insane. But some of this stuff was spewed by those in executive command like Donald Trump.

Now, were they held accountable for all of the insane theories that came from the COVID-19 debacle? Of course not. Not held accountable at all, and as a matter of fact, many of the new members of Congress and the new leaders in Congress, they are doubling down — those on the conservative side, on the conspiracies surrounding COVID.

Now, is there some level of truth to the reality that both sides politicized it? Of course there is. I’ve already mentioned that for the record. But let’s look at actual campaign strategy. According to a new report, the back and forth between DeSantis and Trump, well, that is going to come to a head over COVID.

All right, let the political COVID games begin. Yeah. COVID. Again, politics, Governor Ron De Satan, I mean, DeSantis of the state of Florida and former President Donald Trump. Well, according to new information, they’re going to make COVID at the center of the political competition. Now, here’s something that’s ironic. Those on the right, said that it was actually Democrat who massively politicized COVID-19 that those on the right was simply trying to maintain order, give people choices. You know, the truth is both political sides politicized. COVID-19. But in my humble opinion, conservatives did the best. They politicized it so much, that they started to offer ridiculous alternatives to the vaccine, Lysol, bleach, infrared light, it was insane. But some of this stuff was spewed by those in executive command like Donald Trump. Now, where they held accountable for all of the insane theories that came from the COVID-19 debacle, of course, not not held accountable at all, as a matter of fact, many of the new members of Congress and the new leaders in Congress, they are doubling down belzona conservative side of the conspiracies surrounded COVID. Now, is there some level of truth to the reality that both sides politicized it? Of course it is. I’ve already mentioned that for the record. But let’s look at actual campaign strategy. According to a new report, the back and forth between DeSantis and Trump, well, that is going to come to a head over COVID According to the latest information that we have the push and pull between these two men, Trump says dissenters is disloyal. DeSantis says Trump could not could not win an election. And now Trump, according to the new information we have, is going to go after the juggler on DeSantis and criticize him for his use of power during the COVID-19 saga in Florida. All right, so in a report from the veteran Trump era journalist Jonathan Swan, and congressional reporter, Luke Broadwater quotes that Trump insiders are detailing some material now. opposition research material that is opposition research. So they’re gonna come after DeSantis and say, Hey, DeSantis handled COVID wrong in Florida. They’re going to connect it to the elderly community, maybe even to the health care industry in Florida, that he did it wrong. Here’s the irony, the people reelected DeSantis. So if you’re saying that the Senate has got it wrong, as it relates to COVID. Why did the people of Florida vote in such heavy numbers for him? He’s going to make that proclamation. I’m no fan of DeSantis. I’m no fan of Donald Trump. I’m no fan of either one of them. But I do find it ironic that for everything that Donald Trump brags about, which is access to the vaccine, that he made it available faster than any other president would have, and that the vaccine works. He’s not criticizing the guy for the use of the vaccine in the potential opposition research that has that may come. Why? Well, because they don’t care about what it is. They don’t have a political ideology. The only thing that’s identifiable with Trump and Trump era Republicans is this. Their true ideology is obtaining power. And it seems as if these individuals would do anything necessary to get it. Those are my thoughts.

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