Florida has been a frequent focal point in this coronavirus pandemic, as the Sunshine State continually worked to adjust the way in which they operated to provide maximum freedom for their residents in the face of this horrid illness.
Much of the controversy has been funneled through Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been a very vocal leader when it comes to keeping Florida up and running during these trying times.
Now, the team working for DeSantis is lashing out at the Biden administration, suggesting that they are intentionally misleading the public when speaking on the subject of Florida’s vaccination rollout.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki voiced “concerns” about Florida’s vaccination rates on Monday in response to a report aired on 60 Minutes Sunday.
“One of the concerns we’ve had as we’ve watched the data is that 17 percent of Florida’s population is African American, but less than seven percent of vaccinations have gone to African Americans in the state,” she said during the White House press briefing.
This is where Florida leadership got heated.
“This is part of an intentionally false narrative being pushed by the partisan media and the Biden Administration should get the facts before repeating talking points from the 60 Minutes debacle,” wrote DeSantis spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice in a statement to Breitbart News.
Beatrice noted DeSantis prioritized seniors for the vaccine, “without regard to income level or zip code.”
She also pointed to other efforts by the administration to reach underserved communities including a door-knocking campaign reaching more than 200,000 homes as well as partnerships with organizations such as Souls to the Polls and AmeriCorps for outreach.
“The Governor’s administration has worked with every member of Florida’s Legislative Black Caucus and partnered with more than 230 faith-based organizations to vaccinate nearly 86,000 seniors at places of worship,” Beatrice said.
DeSantis’ political star is rising of late, leaving little doubt that these sort of conflicts could increase in frequency as we approach the 2024 election.