Scathing Miami Herald editorial torches Ron DeSantis: 'We thought things couldn't get much worse — we were wrong'

Scathing Miami Herald editorial torches Ron DeSantis: 'We thought things couldn't get much worse — we were wrong'
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, speaks with members of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., leadership during the governor's first visit to the base since becoming governor, Jan. 16, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook)

One Miami, Florida-based newspaper is refusing to let up on its unrelenting criticism of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across state.

On Monday, October 15, the Miami Herald released a scathing editorial blasting the Republican governor for his failures on COVID-19.

"We thought things couldn't get much worse in DeSantis' handling of the pandemic, but we were wrong — then we were wrong again," the newspaper surmised. "Just when you think he's done enough to undermine our chances of exiting a pandemic that has killed nearly 60,000 Floridians, he has a new trick up his sleeve."

The newspaper expressed concern about DeSantis' continued efforts thwart President Joe Biden's COVID vaccine plan. When Biden announced updates for the vaccine mandate, the Republican governor quickly pounced to undermine the Biden administration's efforts.

As part of his latest pushback, DeSantis is now looking at the possibility of holding companies "liable for medical harm that results from mandatory vaccinations, even though millions of vaccines have safely been administered in the United States," the Herald wrote.

The newspaper went on to explain how the Florida governor became a voice for anti-vaxxers. Over the last four months, DeSantis has taken some of the most drastic measures out of all Republican governors to block the Biden administration's initiatives to improve vaccination rates and slow the spread of COVID-19. From placing bans on mask and vaccine mandates to prohibiting requirements for vaccine passports, DeSantis insists his efforts are justifiable.

However, the Herald argues otherwise noting that his actions appear to be deeply politicized.

"DeSantis has for months tried to walk the tight rope between pleasing anti-vaxxers and not undermining the vaccines his own administration has distributed," it added. "If there was any doubt of which side he favors, Thursday's announcement put the nail in the coffin."

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