Governor’s spokesman deletes Twitter account amid backlash for tweet about COVID-19 victims, citing stress

Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ communications director, Fred Piccolo, has done away with his Twitter account in an effort to reduce stress in his daily life. That decision came hours after he drew blowback for an early morning tweet Thursday criticizing a Reuters editor for trying to create a narrative with photos from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Piccolo, who maintained a self-described “incendiary” presence on the social media site, drew fire Thursday after writing a critical tweet to a Reuters Pictures editor for creating a thread sharing photos of struggle and loss at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m wondering since 99% (of) Covid patients survive shouldn’t you have 99 photos of survivors for every one fatality? Otherwise you’re just trying to create a narrative that is not reality,” Piccolo tweeted.

But the spokesman stands by the tweet, telling Florida Politics that the tweet was “not insensitive.” The media tends to focus on the number of fatalities, he said, noting that every death is tragic, but there are few stories about the 99 survivors for every life lost.

According to WLRN reporter Danny Rivero, who shared a screenshot of the spokesman’s post, Piccolo was responding at about 4 a.m. to a thread by Corinne

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