Ron DeSantis Willing to Make Vaccines 'wedge issue' Against Trump, Says Ex-GOP Lawmaker
Former congressman David Jolly suggested Friday that Florida's GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is willing to make COVID-19 vaccines a "wedge issue" between him and former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis confirmed last year that he received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine but has not publicly said whether he's been boosted as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues nationwide. This week, his surgeon general in Florida, Joseph Ladapo, declined to give a simple yes or no answer over whether the vaccines work.
During an MSNBC segment yesterday, Jolly was asked about DeSantis' stance on the vaccine and Ladapo's unwillingness to say the vaccines are effective against COVID-19.
Ladapo "is quickly becoming a national embarrassment for the state of Florida," responded Jolly, who served as a Republican representing the southern state's 13th District from 2014 to 2017. He said there is a "pandemic of lunacy" infecting the Republican Party.