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Coronavirus is killing us in Florida, Gov. DeSantis. Act like you give a damn

Matt Gaetz, Ted Deutch, Al Lawson, Michael Waltz, Gus Bilirakis, Bill Posey, Mario Diaz-Balart, Val Demings, Francis Rooney, Daniel Webster, Greg Steube, Charlie Crist, Ted Yoho, Ross Spano and John Rutherford — are worth noting. Politically speaking, they are not anywhere on the same page. They’re not even reading the same book. But they joined to implore Vice President Pence, Trump’s coronavirus czar, to provide the “vital medical supplies, equipment, and personnel required to protect healthcare professionals, treat patients and combat the spread of COVID-19” in Florida.

In Indiana, Pence’s home state, a hospital chain is begging the public to sew  Miami Florida  News face masks for use by its overwhelmed and underresourced staff. The hospitals’ Facebook post includes a video, pattern and instructions. In Georgia and California, the people who play doctors on TV are donating the contents of their costume and props departments to their real-life role models who have been told by our government to improvise essential safety gear using bandanas, scarves, and paper napkins.


The Florida congressional delegation’s bipartisan plea is a welcome development, but it may be too little, too late. After all, the president has clearly washed his hands of this national ordeal. After his administration has known since January that the deadly wave of coronavirus was going to wash ashore; after reportedly seeking to suppress the number of confirmed infections in the country by slow-walking test kits to the states; after taking “no responsibility” Press Release Distribution Services In Miami Florida for the spread the disease domestically; after telling governors they’re on their own if they need medical supplies; after having no words of comfort at a Friday press conference — Not. One. Word. — for scared Americans, it’s not a stretch to say that this president does not fundamentally care whether we live or die.

GOVERNOR MUST LEAD
DeSantis must step up, whether he ticks off his benefactor Trump or not. He must add his voice to the bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers and insist Florida get those “vital medical supplies, equipment, and personnel required to protect healthcare professionals, treat patients and combat the spread of COVID-19.” Otherwise, he’s as derelict as the president.

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