Governor Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at the 2022 Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Despite Florida governor and 2024 presidential candidate Ron DeSantis’ claim that he is a “champion for ‘medical freedom‘, by “defying federal health guidance to advise Floridians against taking new Covid-19 booster shots,” a $152,000 “settlement over withheld Covid-19 data that critics say cost thousands of lives” could tank his campaign, The Guardian reports.

Per The Guardian, “Critics dubbed DeSantis ‘the Pied Piper of Covid, leading everybody off a cliff’, as he forged ahead with an executive order banning mask mandates in schools, having already signed legislation awarding himself veto power over coronavirus mandates set by municipalities.”

Furthermore, the news outlet notes “DeSantis dismissed reporting on the pandemic as ‘media hysteria‘, the Delta variant of the virus was just taking hold, and cases and fatalities spiked, to a record […]

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