Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a vocal opponent of Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the NIAID, called him a “little elf” and said that someone should “dump him over the Potomac.”
During a speech, DeSantis remarked, “I know he claims he’s going to retire – someone has to take that little elf and toss him over the Potomac.”
The governor’s comment was met with cheers from the audience.
Fauci has declared his intention to leave his multiple government positions in December.
“I’m announcing today that I’ll be leaving my roles as chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, director of the NIAID, and chief medical advisor to Pres. Joe Biden. In order to follow the next phase of my career, I will be leaving these roles in December of this year,” In a statement, Fauci said.
Fauci, a fervent supporter of the COVID-19 vaccine, tested positive for the sickness earlier this year despite having had two booster shots and a complete immunization.
DeSantis, who took office in early 2019 and has been immensely popular with conservatives, is vying for reelection as governor of the Sunshine State in 2022.
Rep. Charlie Crist, a Democrat, won the Democratic primary for governor of Florida on Tuesday. He will compete against DeSantis in the general election in November.
Crist charged DeSantis as being “anti-democracy, anti-women,” and “anti-African American” during comments on Wednesday. Additionally, he called the governor “anti-freedom Ron.”
Crist said, “I don’t want your vote. Those who support the governor should stick with him and vote for him.”