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There has been a lot of ongoing debate recently about the early days of COVID-19. Right-wingers have been going back and forth discussing who handled Covid better: Trump or DeSantis.

Team DeSantis seems to be basing their campaign on the idea that Ron was excellent in dealing with all aspects of Covid, while portraying Trump as someone who blindly followed Fauci’s advice. The problem with this approach is that it distorts history. The truth is that everyone, including Trump and DeSantis, made mistakes when it came to Covid.

Like one time back in 2020 when Ron threatened to revoke people’s business license if they were caught allowing customers to stand too closely to one another.


However, both Trump and DeSantis eventually changed their stances on COVID-19 and the “scientific” leaders when it truly mattered most.

The bottom line, as independent journalist and filmmaker Mike Cernovich points out, is that Trump and DeSantis are “tied” when it comes to the COVID issue.

At the beginning of May 2023, DeSantis embarked on a whirlwind Covid  tour where he went from city-to-city chastising “lockdown” leaders, and praising himself for a job well done.


With the Covid-triggered national health emergency set to expire Thursday, DeSantis has been crisscrossing the country touting his handling of the virus. DeSantis criticized “lockdown politicians” during a visit to California and called Florida a “refuge of sanity” amid pandemic closures when he was in South Carolina last month. At Liberty University in Virginia two weeks ago, the governor said he bucked the political and medical establishment to keep Florida open.

It’s great that DeSantis finally came around, but it’s fair to note that he was also a “lockdown leader” at one time.

In addition, DeSantis also closed beaches — something President Trump didn’t quite understand. Trump took to Truth Social a couple of months ago and called Ron out:

“Surprise, Ron was a big lockdown governor on the China virus, sealing all beaches and everything else for an extended period of time. I left that decision up to the governors.”

However, it’s also fair to note that DeSantis didn’t close all Florida beaches, but he did close some.


DeSantis did not close all beaches in Florida, but he did close some

On March 17, 2020, at the pandemic’s onset, DeSantis issued an executive order, directing Floridians to limit their gatherings at public beaches.

That order did not direct local officials to close their beaches or say closures were necessary. Instead, DeSantis urged residents to “support beach closures at the discretion of local authorities.”

Officials in some of Florida’s largest counties, including Miami-Dade, Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough, issued ordinances closing their beaches.

So, it’s understandable that DeSantis wants to connect with voters, but maybe Covid isn’t the best issue to focus on. After all, even great leaders like himself made a lot of mistakes in the early stages.