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The Fattening in Florida: Ron DeSantis’s rapidly expanding girth

That button is about to shoot across the room.

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by Anonymousreply 176Last Saturday at 2:09 PM

If You were that stupid bastard You’d stress eat too. Like his pie hole model he’s in over his head, trapped, and he knows it.

by Anonymousreply 106/26/2020

You almost made me spit out my beverage, OP.

by Anonymousreply 206/26/2020

He’s expanding like violet Beauregard after she ate the blueberry.

by Anonymousreply 306/26/2020

Look how his arms can't even reach forward because of his girth.

by Anonymousreply 406/26/2020

Why does he keep saying “quote cases.” Why would cases be in quotes?

by Anonymousreply 506/26/2020

Soon he will get his own TLC show: “My 600 Pound Governor”.

by Anonymousreply 606/26/2020

I had the impression he was getting larger too, OP - I'm glad it's not just me.

by Anonymousreply 706/26/2020

He is one ugly bastard, that much I do know.

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by Anonymousreply 806/26/2020

Swallowing your pride and licking Trump’s ass must be high in calories.

by Anonymousreply 906/26/2020

He was a cutie pie,before he turned into an ass sucking trumpster . He is piling on the weight,I bet 50-60 lbs since he got elected.

by Anonymousreply 1006/26/2020

She must be close to 300 now.

by Anonymousreply 1106/26/2020

If Florida elected governors in the same year we elected presidents, we wouldn't have to put up with this ongoing GOP bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 1206/26/2020

Dang, someone get him a carton of cigarettes. Definitely stress eating.

by Anonymousreply 1306/26/2020

Miss Gillum would have gained just as much weight so lay off y'all.

by Anonymousreply 1406/26/2020

Personally, I think she’s a closet case who’s eating her emotions. He has the gayest gay voice that ever gayed. Close your eyes when he’s speaking and you can hear the purses falling out.

by Anonymousreply 1506/26/2020

Well he stole the election now he has to deal with it.

by Anonymousreply 1606/26/2020

R14 nah, she would have just washed down diet pills with sangria.

by Anonymousreply 1706/26/2020

This is what happens when you engorge on the public dime.

by Anonymousreply 1806/26/2020

Emulating his hero tRump in every way. I picture them both shoving McDonald's french fries by the handful into their mouths as they speak on the phone.

by Anonymousreply 1906/26/2020

Ron DeSantis is just a few pounds away from Chris Christie. Maybe It’s a thing with dumbass republican governors who kill their own citizens because their heads are buried up trump’s ass.

by Anonymousreply 2006/26/2020

Straight guys burn their fat off by fucking, usually their side whores. Now, it's harder to get away for a tryst, so the fat is packing on.

by Anonymousreply 2106/26/2020

Fat ass like his leader.

by Anonymousreply 2206/26/2020

Haha! Bitch is eating his feelings because he’s a wuss who’s about to go through what Cuomo went through but he was too fucking stupid to listen to science and how he has to live with the fact that he’s killed a lot of people in his state for no fucking reason. I hope they haunt him for the next ten generations. Asshole.

by Anonymousreply 2306/26/2020

Governining is hard, y'all.

by Anonymousreply 2406/26/2020

He looks great! Trim, athletic - we share the same clothes! Terrific Governor! Terrific athlete!

He eats only the BEST - I can assure you that - the BEST!

All of my slaves in my dungeon get TERRIFIC food after our 'sessions'. And no Jeff, that wasn't a cloaked invitation to come back. You are BANNED.

by Anonymousreply 2506/26/2020

Wow he did really pork up.

by Anonymousreply 2606/26/2020

Another one who’s ballooned.

by Anonymousreply 2706/26/2020

He looks like the guy who lied about his wife being dead so that Rose Nylund would sleep with him.

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by Anonymousreply 2806/26/2020

My mother saw a snippet of his press conference today and exclaimed “That’s the governor of Florida? Eww! He’s so fat!”

by Anonymousreply 2906/26/2020

Who knew evil was so fattening.

by Anonymousreply 3006/26/2020

He needs a Meth dealer quick!

by Anonymousreply 3106/26/2020

With Google image search, I can't find a pic of him when he's not a chubetta.

by Anonymousreply 3206/26/2020

He wasn’t as fat when he won the election. He still had a punchable face though, as does his ugly witch of a wife. They’re both hideous inside and out.

by Anonymousreply 3306/26/2020

How do people let themselves go like that?

by Anonymousreply 3406/26/2020

Do all these republicans just sit around and order stakes and desserts and unlimited trips to the buffet and charge it to tax payers?

It takes a lot of money to stay that overstuffed.

by Anonymousreply 3506/26/2020

He surely is ample. I’ll give you that.

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by Anonymousreply 3706/26/2020

Is there a before and after?

by Anonymousreply 3806/26/2020

What is his zip code?

by Anonymousreply 3906/26/2020

he copies Trump's hand gestures while speaking.

by Anonymousreply 4006/26/2020

He looks like a used car dealer.

by Anonymousreply 4106/26/2020

He looks like he ought to be selling tacos from a stand on wheels somewhere, while wearing one of those humongous Mexican hats. Aaaaaaaayeeeeeeeeeee!

by Anonymousreply 4206/27/2020

She once was a pretty thing.

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by Anonymousreply 4306/27/2020

[quote]He has the gayest gay voice that ever gayed. Close your eyes when he’s speaking and you can hear the purses falling out.

I actually like his speaking voice, its really pleasant. Its too bad he's Rethug scum of the earth. IFFHH if he wasnt

by Anonymousreply 4406/27/2020

If you can still find it now.

by Anonymousreply 4506/27/2020

i'll suck gravy out of his tits

by Anonymousreply 4606/27/2020

I'll be portraying him in the film, ""Kung Flu".

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by Anonymousreply 4706/27/2020

You know what? I still would.

by Anonymousreply 4806/27/2020

So what if he's put on a couple of pounds? Not everyone can or wants to be a size zero twig. I think there's nothing sexier than some curves to hold onto. Being confident in your own skin is so much more appealing than fulfilling some unrealistic body standards. I have a little something extra and I know my DH really appreciates it.

by Anonymousreply 4906/27/2020

All he needs to do is have Trump’s doctor weigh him. He’ll be 175 pounds.

by Anonymousreply 5006/27/2020

Yes, and back in the real world he'll be closer to 275 pounds.

by Anonymousreply 5106/27/2020

He looks like he will have a heart condition in a couple years.

by Anonymousreply 5206/27/2020

You all will make fun of this guy but not Governor Fred Flintstone of Illinois???

by Anonymousreply 5306/28/2020

His flabs of fat are ready to burst the seams of his jacket!

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by Anonymousreply 5407/07/2020

This man is stress-eating. No doubt about it.

by Anonymousreply 5507/07/2020

Based on his politics, he's a total pig, but I strangely find him kind of cute, even with the extra weight. He's a bigoted Republican asshole, which are the qualities that really make him repulsive, not his size.

by Anonymousreply 5607/07/2020

I agree with R56. His big biceps are about to rip the sleeves on his jacket. I like his feathered hair.

by Anonymousreply 5707/07/2020

Washington Post used a great picture of his fatface.

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by Anonymousreply 5807/08/2020

He loves Trump so much he's turning into him. Maybe they want a doppelgänger if the grease in Trump's veins finally blocks all his arteries.

If DoRitos dyes his hair, the goose flies at night!

by Anonymousreply 5907/08/2020

[quote]His big biceps are about to rip the sleeves on his jacket.

Uh, pics please.

by Anonymousreply 6007/08/2020

Can't find any pics, but you can tell by how tight the jacket's sleeves look.

by Anonymousreply 6107/08/2020

His already beady eyes are quickly receding into the fat folds of his face.

by Anonymousreply 6207/08/2020

I think he looks like Jeremy Renner.

by Anonymousreply 6307/08/2020

He has a very coarse look...

by Anonymousreply 6407/08/2020

Good to see he’s wearing one of those long, red, slimming, trump neck ties.

by Anonymousreply 6507/08/2020

Of coursr, Datalounge is the first place to notice. But just yesterday I saw a shot of him lumbering across a stage and he looks like he's about ready to pop.

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by Anonymousreply 6607/08/2020

Of coursr, Datalounge is the first place to notice. But just yesterday I saw a shot of him lumbering across a stage and he looks like he's about ready to pop.

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by Anonymousreply 6707/08/2020

[quote] He looks like he will have a heart condition in a couple years.

A couple of years? I am sure he presently has some form of heart disease.

by Anonymousreply 6807/08/2020

People are noticing!

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by Anonymousreply 6907/09/2020

He was pretty cute when a young athlete. Still would be a good looking 40 something if he hadn't entered into obesity. He's so busy denying the consequences of the virus and keeping research data from being released where does he get the time to continually stuff his face? I thought all buffets had been closed.

by Anonymousreply 7007/09/2020

[quote] where does he get the time to continually stuff his face?

His Stepford wife/hag/beard gladly cooks a 10 course meal for him every night.

by Anonymousreply 7107/09/2020

She looks terrible

by Anonymousreply 7207/09/2020

He’s easily over 300 now

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by Anonymousreply 7307/10/2020

He's another traitor who needs to immensely regret his support for that walking orange hate crime.

by Anonymousreply 7407/10/2020

I love his hair!

by Anonymousreply 7507/12/2020

R12 writes,

[quote]If Florida elected governors in the same year we elected presidents, we wouldn't have to put up with this ongoing GOP bullshit.

36 states hold the gubernatorial elections in midterm elections. 9 of them are Top 10 populous states. (Exception is North Carolina.)

The Florida Democratic Party is the one is thoroughly corrupt, and conveniently corrupt, and you look to the fact that the party hasn’t won the governorship of Florida since 1994. And this in a presidential bellwether state that has voted for all winners, except in 1960 and 1992, since 1928. The Democrats have no excuse.

by Anonymousreply 7607/12/2020

God help DeSantis if he decides to eat his feelings.

by Anonymousreply 7707/12/2020

Whenever she surfaces it's bound to be dramatic.

"Who'd have thought he'd have come floating up for a visit af-tah twenty years?"

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by Anonymousreply 7907/12/2020

He is eating to fend off the Corona.

by Anonymousreply 8007/12/2020

I hope soon it's Corona eating him.

by Anonymousreply 8107/13/2020

Just saw on the news that Missy got her hair did today. Makes her face look even fatter.

by Anonymousreply 8207/13/2020

Pretty soon he won't be able to see outta that fat face of his.

He'll need some toothpicks to prop the fat folds open so he can peer out.

by Anonymousreply 8307/13/2020

He subscribes to the old adage: "Feed a pol, and starve a covid fever."

by Anonymousreply 8407/13/2020

If he would just lose a pound or two, he would be back to his muscular, Adonis self.

by Anonymousreply 8507/14/2020

He's fatter than Trump now.

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by Anonymousreply 8707/14/2020

Twitter's noticed too.

by Anonymousreply 8807/14/2020

R43, Christ, he was so handsome in that photo. I hate to say it, though; he’s a despicable bastard.

by Anonymousreply 8907/14/2020

DeSatan better be careful, he is heading for Chris Christie territory but then again birds of feather....

by Anonymousreply 9007/14/2020

Still sexy. Fat fit, my favorite kind of fit. I will roll with him.

by Anonymousreply 9107/14/2020

Because the number of COVID cases in Florida have skyrocketed, some have started calling him "DeathSantis."

by Anonymousreply 9207/14/2020

Morbidly obese!

by Anonymousreply 9307/14/2020

^ LOL.

by Anonymousreply 9407/14/2020

Andrew Gillum may be a raging meth queen, but he would've put Florida on lockdown.

by Anonymousreply 9507/14/2020

[quote] Andrew Gillum may be a raging meth queen, but he would've put Florida on lockdown.

and still would have looked hot doing so...

by Anonymousreply 9607/14/2020

I can't believe he's only forty-one. The extra weight makes him look ten years older. He doesn't look too bad now, but at fifty-one?

by Anonymousreply 9707/14/2020

[quote]Andrew Gillum may be a raging meth queen, but he would've put Florida on lockdown.

And never left his hotel room for the duration.

by Anonymousreply 9807/14/2020

DeSantis looks like a lot of the actors who played bad guy roles on the old Bonanza TV show.

by Anonymousreply 9907/14/2020

DeSantis looks like MrHaney from Green Acres. He wears the same suit every day.

by Anonymousreply 10007/14/2020

Every time a Floridian dies Ron gains a ounce.

by Anonymousreply 10107/14/2020

Only one that still fits.

by Anonymousreply 10207/14/2020

He looks like a greaser to me. I’m amazed to see he’s a Yale undergrad and a Harvard lawyer...

by Anonymousreply 10307/16/2020

At this point he's fat fat.

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#DeathSantis is now trending

When will #FatSantis trend?

by Anonymousreply 10607/16/2020

His eyes are now little slits

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by Anonymousreply 10707/17/2020

It looks like FatSantis has switched to XXXL size jackets to minimize his flabs of fat.

He’s also developed some weird facial tics.

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by Anonymousreply 10807/18/2020

He should surround himself with things that make him appear slimmer, like elephants.

by Anonymousreply 10907/18/2020

It's all fun and games until the button actually dies fly off and puts out someone's eye.

by Anonymousreply 11007/18/2020

He wants to be as much like Trump as possible.

by Anonymousreply 11107/18/2020

I've never seen his wife before. She is actually very pretty. He must come from money and disclosed his political ambitions early on.

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by Anonymousreply 11207/18/2020

With that type of head shape and weak chin he should have kept the pouds off. Then again, he's a sitting governor to one the fastest states and has a personal relationship with the President of the United States. So what's a few pounds.

He's cute too me as well because he reminds me of a few Craigslist tricks I've had in the past. But Andrew Gillium was a HOT! Here is younger, still douchey, DeSantis.

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by Anonymousreply 11307/18/2020

You can tell from this photo he must look to Chris Christie as a role model

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by Anonymousreply 11407/18/2020

[quote]He must come from money

Actually no, he's from a pretty working class background in the more rednecky part of Florida. My guess is that he's getting fat because he's reverting to the fatty junk food of his heritage.

by Anonymousreply 11507/18/2020

He looks even wider than Trump now. He must go on a nightly binge to deal with stress

by Anonymousreply 11607/18/2020

Hey look, it was a choice between either him or Andrew Gillum for Governor.

Don't worry, I voted for Andrew Gillum, but considering what's been revealed about HIM, our choices were pretty crappy that year.

by Anonymousreply 11707/18/2020

What's with his skin color?

by Anonymousreply 11807/18/2020

An angry dumb baseball jock who probably has untreated CTE from his military deployments.

by Anonymousreply 11907/18/2020

An odd case. His face and lower arms aren't THAT fat but the body itself is Augustus Gloop.

Look at the work those shoulder pads are doing. Nolan Miller never designed a pair that big. Hell, Tom Brady has never worn a pair that big.

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by Anonymousreply 12007/18/2020

GOP Douche or not, Ron used to be pretty sexy during his prime - as despicable as he clearly is. Even after he gained 30 lbs. too many (and before the pandemic and the 24/7 Trump cock sucking), I had the occasional reverie of bending him over ass out and giving him a hard backdoor stretch session. Up until a few months ago, he was fairly sexy bottom fantasy fodder IMO. Now, I'm embarrassed to admit it. Not only is he bordering on grotesque to look at - he would be an obvious chili dog explosion waiting to happen.

by Anonymousreply 12107/18/2020

Meh. I don’t see it r121. But then, FL has had some pretty ugly Governors. I guess he’s better than Jeb!, Miss Charlie, and Rick Scott.

by Anonymousreply 12207/18/2020

At R113, he looks like one of those homophobic douche bros who spent his time in the navy loudly bitching about fags looking at him in the shower, while subtly encouraging it and secretly enjoying it.

by Anonymousreply 12307/19/2020

I cant find any photos of Ron and his parents, maybe they are deceased but he's only 41. Usually when people blow up like this, they have that fat gene. No matter how skinny and perky their young bodies are, once they hit 40 those genetics take over.

by Anonymousreply 12407/19/2020

Stress eating thy name is Ron.

by Anonymousreply 12507/20/2020

R123 lol, that is such an awesome description.

by Anonymousreply 12607/20/2020

I don't understand what DeSantis hopes to achieve by pretending Covid isn't a problem in Florida

by Anonymousreply 12707/20/2020

If you say Covid isn't a problem it will miraculously disappear. Just stop with the testing and send everyone back to work.

by Anonymousreply 12807/20/2020

She has been heckled! Way to go Gen Z!

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by Anonymousreply 12907/20/2020

Fat Facer

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by Anonymousreply 13007/20/2020

Ron just can't catch a break. Now the GOP convention he begged for is looking shakier and shakier:

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams says he can’t pull off security at the Republican convention because the plans aren’t clear, funding is a challenge, time is running short & he can’t get enough officers to help out.

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by Anonymousreply 13107/20/2020

It will be at Trump Doral or Mar A Lago.

by Anonymousreply 13207/20/2020

I thought Mike Williams firmly in that weasel Curry's camp,so Im really impressed with his actions . They had a petition signed by over 200 local doctors asking the mayor to not allow this convention ,not for political reasons but health reasons. Our mayor Curry is an ass kissing clown who is desperately trying to direct attention away from the federal investigation of the attempted sale of our local power company . Our local government is as corrupt as the one in Washington. Always has been . Throw that fucking Shad Khan in the mix and its like watching pigs at a trough .

by Anonymousreply 13307/20/2020

[quote] God help DeSantis if he decides to eat his feelings.

If so, he looks like he will soon be out of feelings.

by Anonymousreply 13407/21/2020

He is still suffering the trauma of having to disrobe for Trump and Matt Gaytz.

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by Anonymousreply 13507/21/2020

^ that is VERY odd. Why would Trump ever see DeSantis without a shirt

by Anonymousreply 13607/22/2020

Eyeing the competition in the golf course locker room.

by Anonymousreply 13707/22/2020

Biden now up 13 in Florida

Thanks FatSantis!

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Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Isaac Stanley-Becker, Lori Rozsa and Josh Dawsey
July 25 at 10:10 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — As Florida became a global epicenter of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis held one meeting this month with his top public health official, Scott Rivkees, according to the governor's schedule. His health department has sidelined scientists, halting briefings last month with disease specialists and telling the experts there was not sufficient personnel from the state to continue participating.
"I never received information about what happened with my ideas or results," said Thomas Hladish, a University of Florida research scientist whose regular calls with the health department ended June 29. "But I did hear the governor say the models were wrong about everything."
DeSantis (R) this month traveled to Miami to hold a roundtable with South Florida mayors, whose region was struggling as a novel coronavirus hot spot. But the Republican mayor of Hialeah was shut out, weeks after saying the governor "hasn't done much" for a city disproportionately affected by the virus.
As the virus spread out of control in Florida, decision-making became increasingly shaped by politics and divorced from scientific evidence, according to interviews with 64 current and former state and administration officials, health administrators, epidemiologists, political operatives and hospital executives. The crisis in Florida, these observers say, has revealed the shortcomings of a response built on shifting metrics, influenced by a small group of advisers and tethered at every stage to the Trump administration, which has no unified plan for addressing the national health emergency but has pushed for states to reopen.

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DeSantis relies primarily on the advice of his wife, Casey, a former television reporter and host, and his chief of staff, Shane Strum, a former hospital executive, according to Republican political operatives, including a former member of his administration.
“It’s a universe of three — Shane and Casey,” said one Republican consultant close to DeSantis’s team who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment.
The response — which DeSantis boasted weeks ago was among the best in the nation — has quickly sunk Florida into a deadly morass. Nearly 5,800 Floridians have now died of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus — more deaths than were suffered in combat by Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq after 2001. One out of every 52 Floridians has been infected with the virus. The state’s intensive care units are being pushed to the brink, with some over capacity. Florida’s unemployment system is overwhelmed, and its tourism industry is a shambles.

DeSantis began the year as a popular governor, well-positioned to help his close ally President Trump win this crucial state in November's election. DeSantis is now suffering from sagging approval ratings. Trump is polling behind Democrat Joe Biden in recent polls of Florida voters. And both men, after weeks of pushing for a splashy Republican convention in Jacksonville, succumbed to the reality of the public health risks Thursday when Trump called off the event.
Trump asked DeSantis in a phone call in May whether he would require masks for the convention and whether the virus would be a problem, according to a person with knowledge of the conversation. DeSantis said he would not require masks and the virus would not be a major problem in August in Florida.
“You were elected to be the governor of our state and make decisions about what is best for us in Florida,” Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández said of DeSantis. “If he was more concerned with what the president thought of him, the outcomes are here.”
DeSantis’s office did not respond to interview requests or to a set of detailed questions sent by The Washington Post. In response to questions, a spokesman for the health department said the governor and Rivkees, the surgeon general, “are continuing to remind all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public.”
The spokesman, Alberto Moscoso, did not explain why the department had ended its work with the university modeling team or why Rivkees appears only once this month on the governor’s schedules, which have been released through July 23.
During the same period, DeSantis spoke regularly to members of the Trump administration. He appeared twice on Fox News and called in to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.
“Ron DeSantis is doing a great job and will go down in history as a great governor of Florida,” the president told The Post through a spokeswoman.

by Anonymousreply 14007/26/2020

Those who defend the governor’s approach point to his early efforts to protect nursing homes. They also dispute claims that he has been inflexible, emphasizing his decision to re-close bars and clubs last month after a spike in infections. The governor’s allies have also commended him for securing more remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat the most severe coronavirus patients, which is in short supply across the country.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said the governor’s relationships in Washington have benefited Florida. In the spring, the state emerged on top “in terms of supplies and resources,” because, in the telling of Trump, “we’re really good at asking for stuff,” Gaetz said.
Jared Moskowitz, a former Democratic state legislator who now heads the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said DeSantis has been “completely accessible” and “open-minded in our conversations.”
He continued: “Anything that I have needed or asked for, dollars that are going to be required to respond appropriately have always been available.”
The department’s command center was temporarily shuttered this month after a series of infections among staff working there.

Some of Florida’s woes are shared by other states, especially in the Sun Belt: economies powered by tourism and hospitality whose leaders sought reasons to invite people back to their states; skeletal public health systems that could not adequately respond with contact tracing and other interventions; and holiday celebrations that caused residents, particularly young people, to flout guidelines.
But the crisis in Florida has been especially acute, infectious-disease specialists say, because politics have dictated the response at crucial junctures — never more so than with the state’s reopening, which was cast by the governor as a return to normal rather than as a new and even more precarious phase of the pandemic.
Trump told aides that Florida’s early success gave other states a justification to reopen, according to three administration officials. Meanwhile, DeSantis quickly turned presidential rhetoric into gubernatorial orders, all while rejecting measures, including a statewide mask mandate and an extended stay-at-home order, that helped other states contain their outbreaks.
Officials involved in the local health and emergency response say DeSantis has selectively highlighted favorable metrics, such as a decline in the median age of people who are testing positive, rather than developing more serious mitigation strategies.
“I think we’re on the right course,” he said as cases surpassed 400,000 and he continued to push for schools to open for in-person classes in a few weeks.
Some on the front lines are drawing different conclusions.
“The numbers are up, my man,” said Frank Rollason, the emergency management director in hard-hit Miami-Dade County. “They speak for themselves.”

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'Chance to rubber-stamp it'
The governor’s small inner circle stands in contrast to the number of people tapped for his reopening task force in April. The group included more than 100 participants but only five doctors, who were placed on a working group alongside representatives from the ­elder-care industry and farming leaders.
The working group met twice for 2½ hours, said one member, dentist Rudy Liddell, and did not develop written recommendations or provide continued input once the report of the executive committee was released at the end of the month.
The guidelines that emerged from the executive committee closely mirrored the reopening recommendations issued by the White House. There were few specific benchmarks following the first phase of a statewide reopening on May 18 — after about six weeks of sweeping restrictions — with movement into new phases premised instead on “adequate health care capacity” and the absence of a resurgence of the virus. In early June, DeSantis announced that much of the state could move into the second phase, lifting restrictions on bars and movie theaters, on the same day the state recorded 1,317 new cases, the largest surge in six weeks.
“It was outcome-determinative — they knew what they wanted to do,” said state Sen. Gary Farmer, the incoming Senate minority leader. “It was a joke. . . . It was, ‘Here’s the plan. Here’s the chance to rubber-stamp it.’ ”
As the state shifted into reopening, the Republican National Committee announced plans for its convention. The National Basketball Association opted to finish its season in Orlando. Disney World reopened July 11.
Compliance in April with the sweeping stay-at-home order brought the state’s numbers down to a point that reopening looked feasible, said Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida. The problem, she said, was the speed with which the state moved through the subsequent phases of its economic restart.
“There was hardly enough time for the new infections even to show up,” she said.
The governor’s quest to put the pandemic behind him undermined the very message — that the virus was still a deadly threat — that could have made his reopening a success, said J. Glenn Morris, director of the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute.
“One of the areas where we failed in Florida was in convincing people that as things began to open up, that we still had a serious situation, that the virus was still present in the community and that there remained a critical need to maintain the basic practices recommended by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” he said.
Critical mitigation strategies remain inadequate, according to lawmakers and experts, owing to years of disinvestment in the state’s public health infrastructure. One estimate, by a researcher at Florida International University, found that the state had slashed public health spending 35 percent between 2009 and 2015.
The health department’s 2017 budget request warned of “insufficient individuals at the local level who have the skills to perform epidemiological analyses” and manage outbreaks.
Contact tracing, which has been central to controlling outbreaks in other settings, has been highly limited in Florida. State Rep. Rene Plasencia, a Republican representing parts of Orange County and Brevard County, said not a single family member or friend sickened by the virus has been contacted by the health department.
With the virus tearing through urban centers, “we’re at a point where I don’t even know how you would do contact tracing anymore,” Plasencia said.

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The lesson of the pandemic for Florida, said Charles Lockwood, dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, was, “Never declare victory until the referee blows the whistle.” When the wave of cases predicted this spring did not initially crash down on the state, Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida used the time to order ventilators and stockpile personal protective equipment, Lockwood said.
Meanwhile, steps he suggested to health officials in his county were not acted upon, including a recommendation to use cellphone technology to track at-risk patients and encouragement to stand up a more robust system of contact tracing. In both instances, he said, local health officials indicated they were constrained because these were functions controlled in Tallahassee, the state capital. The health administrator in Hillsborough County, Douglas A. Holt, declined to be interviewed.
Efforts to offer advice on contact tracing at the state level were rebuffed, as well, according to experts involved in the response. Hladish, the infectious-disease researcher, said he and other specialists had tried to raise the subject during one of their calls with department staff but were told contact tracing was handled by a different team.
“We were told that they were too busy to talk,” he said.
Even health department staff were constrained in the nature of the advice they could offer, according to state health officials stationed in counties, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing response. They said conversations with state officials have recently included reminders that they were not authorized to advise school districts about whether to reopen but simply to “provide them with information,” as one official put it.
These officials said calls that once occurred daily with Rivkees, the surgeon general, have been scaled back to three times a week. Rivkees, a pediatrician whose specialty is not epidemiology or disease surveillance, was escorted out of a news conference by the governor’s communications director in April after saying Floridians may have to practice social distancing and wear masks for up to a year, a prediction at odds with statements from DeSantis and Trump.
Some of his top staff have left the department mid-pandemic.
The administrator of the department’s surveillance section left in March for a job at Pfizer. Rebekah Jones, who had been managing the department’s public-facing data portal, was dismissed in May after a dispute over changes to the dashboard, which she said were designed to hide relevant information. State officials, who accused Jones of “insubordination,” said the changes were aimed at increased accuracy. Scott Pritchard, who headed the department’s investigations unit, left last month. He informed his team he was leaving on the day DeSantis announced plans to reopen schools at “full capacity,” according to people familiar with the matter.
Pritchard, who did not respond to a request for comment, then left the state altogether.

by Anonymousreply 14307/26/2020

'Government has failed us'
DeSantis has left Florida for the White House numerous times during the pandemic.
At an April briefing in the Oval Office, Trump offered to hold the governor’s foam display boards as DeSantis detailed how Florida had corralled the coronavirus better than almost any other state.
“Everyone in the media was saying Florida was going to be like New York or Italy, and that has not happened,” DeSantis said.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida now eclipses New York’s caseload by more than 3,300. Florida has at least 168,000 more cases than Italy, a country with about three times the state’s population.
DeSantis joined Trump for a White House event on drug pricing Friday, when the state recorded 12,444 new cases of the virus and 136 deaths.
DeSantis was a little-known congressman in the first half of the Trump administration who made a name for himself with appearances on Fox News denouncing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
He netted the president’s endorsement in the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary, riding it all the way to the governor’s office.
“What’s the old phrase — dance with the one who brought you,” said Farmer, the incoming Florida Senate minority leader. “That’s what he’s doing. His political fortune in becoming governor was not just closely tied, but almost exclusively tied, to the Donald Trump train.”
Trump feels bonhomie with DeSantis, likes having him in the Oval Office and regularly speaks with him on the phone, even though many around the president do not trust the governor, people familiar with the matter say. DeSantis also regularly consults with Brad Parscale, the president’s recently deposed campaign manager.
Florida’s initial ability to skirt the worst effects of the virus was a boon for DeSantis and for Trump: The governor’s aggressive efforts to jump-start his economy were right out of Trump’s playbook, perceived at the time as a benefit in the battleground state. Administration officials regularly sent reports and clips of DeSantis bragging about Florida not having cases early in the outbreak, to argue that many states were overreacting and, at times, that seasonal heat could cure the virus.
Now, with the virus spreading uncontrolled in Florida, former health officials think DeSantis has joined the president in seeking to manage expectations about its consequences rather than formulate a plan to bring it under control. 
“They keep hoping it’s going to go away by itself,” said Richard Hopkins, an epidemiologist who spent 19 years at the Florida Department of Health. “I don’t know what’s going on — whether they’re afraid that they will get primaried by someone to their right if they take appropriate public health action.”

by Anonymousreply 14407/26/2020

Approval of DeSantis’s handling of the pandemic has fallen by double digits since April, when 50 percent of registered voters in Florida backed the governor’s approach. Now, 38 percent of residents approve of his response, while 57 percent disapprove, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. 
The return this summer to crisis conditions has felt like whiplash for front-line workers.
In June, employees at the six-hospital Memorial Healthcare System based in Hollywood, Fla., thought they had dodged a wave of coronavirus patients that threatened to overwhelm their hospitals.
Exhaling workers began to dismantle surge areas from auditoriums and classrooms that had been converted into treatment areas. But it was premature. By the end of the month, covid-related hospitalizations had begun to soar, said the system’s chief medical officer, Stanley Marks.
“We converted them back,” Marks said. “By early July, we again were in full emergency mode.”
Darlene Dempsey, a nurse in West Palm Beach and a lifelong Republican, said she could no longer support Trump or DeSantis, both of whom, she added, had chosen to “gaslight nurses” instead of using the time in March and April to ramp up production of medical equipment and develop a testing plan.
“The fairy tales about all being under control are nonsense,” she said. “Our government has failed us.”

by Anonymousreply 14507/26/2020

Another thing I'd like to point out regarding the number of cases in Florida.

There are ZERO tourists from outside the US willing to risk visiting the state. They don't see the same bullshit propaganda that the morons in Florida are gobbling up.

Those foreign tourists aren't going to risk getting on a plane and flying to Disney world or Miami or Tampa when they could possibly get sick and be refused treatment because the hospitals are overwhelmed.

Why would they when they can wait a year? In a year, we can be rid of fat Donnie, the virus can be under control and the plane fares, room rates and rentals will be cheaper. Why wouldn't they wait another year to visit?

That loss of tourist $$$ is also going to depress their economy, hopefully making enough people mad that they vote fat orange out and start pressing deathsantis to pull his head out of his own fat ass.

by Anonymousreply 14607/26/2020

R146 You are totally incorrect, we have foreign tourists here, how they got here, I don’t know but I’m curious about how they got in. Florida is full of out of state tourists clogging up I75.

Another thing, foreign tourists are not respecting the mask mandate which is infuriating.

by Anonymousreply 14707/26/2020

Then those tourists deserve to end up in an overcrowded hospital in a tent city.

Dumber than dumb Americans. And that's saying something.

by Anonymousreply 14807/26/2020

First peak at his gut

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by Anonymousreply 14908/01/2020

Getting bigger!

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by Anonymousreply 15108/07/2020

R151 Oh my goodness. He's huge. Put down the cookie dough, Gov!

by Anonymousreply 15208/07/2020

He must be nearing 400

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by Anonymousreply 15308/13/2020

Based on the photo above, this is the next step in his metamorphosis.

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by Anonymousreply 15408/13/2020

He must be miserable all day. It is fucking hell being fat in Florida when you have to step outside into a 100 degree sauna everyday. And Im sure he hasn't seen his dick in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 15508/13/2020

DeSantis has a dick?

by Anonymousreply 15608/13/2020

Today he endearingly compared opening the schools to the Navy SEALS killing Bin Laden.

by Anonymousreply 15708/13/2020

Are the bears going to make a move on him? Or will he take an otter 🦦?

by Anonymousreply 15808/13/2020

He has biceps of steel and a strong powerful chest. I'd love to ride that belly and run my fingers through his magnificent product ladened hair.

by Anonymousreply 15908/13/2020

R159 goes to show that there is somebody out there who will find you attractive no matter what you look like.

by Anonymousreply 16008/13/2020

[quote]strong powerful chest.

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by Anonymousreply 16108/13/2020

I can't believe anybody could find a man attractive when he's too stupid or callous to effectively manage the disease swamping his state.

by Anonymousreply 16208/13/2020

What's not to love? I would love to straddle his ballooning belly, nurse on his man titties, run my fingers through his coiffed thick hair, and feel those big powerful arms around me.

by Anonymousreply 16308/16/2020

Is he dead yet? Oh, no, just fat.

by Anonymousreply 16408/18/2020

What the Hell is Jabba DeSantis eating to gain so much fucking weight so quickly? Is he pregnant with triplets?

by Anonymousreply 16508/18/2020

I keep thinking of the Harvey Weinstein anecdote where he was scarfing a bowl of M&Ms, and he spilled the bowl on the floor, so he got down and started plucking them off the floor and popping them in his mouth.

by Anonymousreply 16608/18/2020

He is literally trying to morph into Trump

by Anonymousreply 16708/18/2020

Ewwwwww r163, get some taste.

by Anonymousreply 16808/18/2020

He was looking pretty chunky back during the campaign. And what's with his creepy wife--"and Ron is SO much more...."

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by Anonymousreply 16908/18/2020

It’s widely known the wife is Lady Macbething his administration

by Anonymousreply 17008/18/2020

Miami-Dade Public Schools virtual learning has been targeted by multiple cyber attacks and failures by shitty Comcast. I wonder if Deathsantis even gives a fuck.

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by Anonymousreply 17109/02/2020

This week.

STILL getting bigger

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by Anonymousreply 17209/27/2020

Fat pig.

by Anonymousreply 17309/27/2020

Judging from the looks of Barr, Pompeo, DeSantis, Christie to Dump himself - these vile, selfish, greedy, sycophants consume literally every in their wake. Hogs is an understatement.

by Anonymousreply 17409/27/2020

[quote]He is literally trying to morph into Trump

"Single, white female" vibes...

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