While delta variant crushes Florida, DeSantis continues to fundraise off anti-Fauci hysteria

Friends of Ron DeSantis hits an unfriendly target.

While delta variant crushes Florida, DeSantis continues to fundraise off anti-Fauci hysteria

The Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee continues to capitalize on conservative hatred of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Fauci, a frequent target of Gov. DeSantis, was blasted yet again in the punnily-titled “Gain of Fauci” email, a play on the Gain of Function research conducted at a lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus is thought to have gotten its start.

The timing is notable, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pushing for masks even for the vaccinated, as the delta variant crushes Florida.

The email contends that it has been “known for some time that the most likely explanation for the start of the pandemic is that the COVID-19 virus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.”

“We’ve suspected for some time that Fauci and his bureaucratic brethren may have been involved in funding the Wuhan lab’s work to experiment on viruses in ways that made them more deadly to human beings,” the communication continues, before lauding Sen. Rand Paul for irking Fauci.

“Fauci got agitated because he doesn’t want us to know his role in funding reckless, ethically dubious research that may have precipitated a global pandemic,” the email contends. “Fauci needs to be fired, and an investigation into his role in funding the Wuhan lab must be launched immediately.”

Also needed: small-dollar donations. Even $5 will help “continue my fight,” the letter promises.

“The corporate media is Fauci’s Praetorian Guard, and they are attacking me because I’ve been willing to hold Fauci accountable,” the email contends, somewhat forcing a metaphor to make its point.

But the anti-Fauci push is anything but subtle.

DeSantis’ campaign is already marketing anti-Fauci material, including “Don’t Fauci My Florida” beer koozies and T-shirts released as the delta variant of COVID-19 threatens the limits of Florida hospitals.

This article first appeared at Florida Politics

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