Florida is under the national spotlight after long lines and struggling registration systems put a black stain on the opening days of the vaccine rollout.
But Gov. Ron DeSantis stands by his decision to let local county health departments and hospitals lead vaccine distributions rather than let the state dictate the rollout process. And on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Governor spoke more broadly about the criticism that has come his way throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m happy for the criticism because, you know what, I don’t seek validation by the media. What I seek is supporting the citizens of my state,” DeSantis said. “I can tell you, as this pandemic has warn on, the number of times someone has come up to me with tears in their eyes saying, ‘If it wasn’t for you, my kid would not be in school and I would not have my job. Thank you.’ That is why I’m in this job.”
Fox News has frequently pitted the Governor’s response against that of New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, frequently siding with DeSantis while other media sides with Cuomo. Florida has had 6.4% of its residents test positive while 5.4% of New Yorkers have. But only