(RepublicanNews.org) – COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise. According to the CDC, as of August 6, the 7-day average infection rate hit 89,977. This represents a rise of 33.7% over the previous week, which saw 67,274 new infections. As a result, the Biden administration appears to have gone into damage control mode.
On August 3, President Joe Biden spoke with reporters about his administration’s efforts to combat the rising coronavirus infection rates. He singled out Florida and Texas during his press conference, telling media outlets they “account for one-third” of all new infections, “just two states.”
Biden stressed the need for leadership and said if “some governors” are not willing to “do the right thing” to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, they should “get out of the way” of local governments, businesses, and universities trying to mandate COVID measures.
Here’s Ron Desantis teeing off on Joe Biden over his Florida comments. Enjoy: pic.twitter.com/lfOGLUOWEy
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 4, 2021
As one might expect, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis fired back at Biden the following day.
“Why don’t you do your job?” he asked Biden during a press conference of his own.
DeSantis said he didn’t want to hear a peep out of Biden about COVID-19 until he secured the nation’s southern border, where immigrants are routinely allowed to enter Texas and head to Florida — even if they test positive for COVID.
On August 6, DeSantis’ office followed up by issuing a press release announcing the creation of a new set of emergency rules by the Florida Department of Health and State Board of Education to “protect parents’ freedom to choose what is best for their children” and to “encourage” practical and effective practices for in-person learning when Florida schools reopen this week.
As a Case Western Reserve University political science professor recently noted, Biden’s attack on DeSantis was an “obvious” attempt to distract from his administration’s struggle to vaccinate people nationwide and get a bipartisan infrastructure bill passed.
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