Trump goes after DeSantis, saying he didn’t have to ‘close up’ Florida, even though most conservatives praised the governor’s COVID-19 response

Then-President Donald Trump greets then-Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally at the Hertz Arena on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s COVID-19 response had been held up as a model by many on the right.
On Thursday, Trump raged against DeSantis and said he unnecessarily chose to “close up” Florida.
Florida’s COVID-19 response was relatively hands-off and schools and businesses were largely open.

Former President Donald Trump appeared to criticize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s COVID-19 response, which was widely praised and held up as a model by many on the right.

Trump made the comment in a statement provided to Insider and a series of Truth Social posts in which he raged against DeSantis and the news media. The statement came after some Republicans blamed Trump for the GOP’s disappointing midterms performance, although DeSantis easily coasted to reelection.

“NewsCorp, which is Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and the…

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