Last year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made Dr. Anthony Fauci the face of Washington’s Big Brotherism. Now, he hopes to make him the face of former President Donald Trump’s impotence in the face of entrenched DC bureaucrats.
The Republican governor’s campaign on Monday released an ad recalling Trump’s days as host “The Apprentice,” NBC’s longtime reality show.
“Donald Trump became a household name by FIRING countless people *on television* But when it came to Fauci…” the campaign tweeted ahead of launching into the commercial.
The spot begins with several scenes of “Reality TV Trump” delivering his trademark “You’re fired!” line to contestants on the show.
But then it cuts to “Real life Trump” saying of Fauci to reporters, “Every day I walk in, I hear I’m firing him. I’m not gonna fire him. I think he’s a wonderful guy.”
The next part of the clip features Trump saying, “I did it right” by not firing Fauci, because he appeared to be afraid of a “firestorm” of criticism from liberals.
“Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb,” Trump tells another interviewer. “But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him.”
In another segment from the spot, Trump declares, “Frankly, you can’t win that one. If I would have done it, I would have taken heat.”
The ad also showed a few images of Trump embracing Fauci in the White House.
The ad responded to Trump’s claim that New York, under former Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, outperformed Florida with DeSantis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last weekend, while campaigning in Iowa, DeSantis fired back that Florida chose “freedom over Fauci-ism.”
“We held the line when freedom itself hung in the balance,” DeSantis told a crowd in Des Moines. “We refused to let our state descend into some type of Fauci-an dystopia, where people’s livelihoods were ruined and their freedoms were curtailed.”
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