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Florida congressman rips DeSantis’s response to Biden: ‘That’s pretty immature’

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After Florida governor Ron DeSantis held a fiery press conference in response to President Biden’s recent criticism of some GOP governors' handling of Covid, Florida congressman Charlie Crist went on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight Wednesday to give his take on the moment. After Lemon showed a clip of the press conference, he asked Crist for his reaction.

“That's pretty immature. And extremely defensive,” Crist said. “President Biden is giving good, solid leadership on this issue that is really focused on the safety of our children, and our families, and our nation. Governor Desantis' reaction to that is to be dismissive, because he's chosen to be playing Russian roulette with my fellow Floridians, which is a disaster.”

And Crist thinks there’s only one real reason why DeSantis is busy politicizing Covid instead of trying to slow it down.

“The man is so, unfortunately, politically motivated toward the white house in 2024, and capturing that base, that he's forgetting Floridians who want their kids to be safe. Because they're reasonable people with common sense,” Crist said.

Video Transcript

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RON DESANTIS: Why don't you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don't want to hear a blip about COVID from you.

DON LEMON: What's your reaction to that?

CHARLIE CRIST: That's pretty immature.

KYLIE MAR: I'm Don Lemon Tonight Wednesday, Florida Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist gave his take on a fiery press conference that Florida Governor Ron Desantis held in response to President Biden's recent criticism of some GOP governors handling of COVID.

CHARLIE CRIST: President Biden is giving good solid leadership on this issue. Governor Desantis' reaction to that is to be dismissive because he's chosen to be playing Russian roulette with my fellow Floridians, which is a disaster.

KYLIE MAR: And Crist thinks there's only one reason why Desantis is busy politicizing COVID instead of trying to slow it down.

CHARLIE CRIST: The man is so, unfortunately, politically motivated toward the White House in 2024 and capturing that base that he's forgetting Floridians who want mask who want their kids to be safe because they're reasonable people with common sense.

KYLIE MAR: Florida is currently leading the country in COVID cases and has more hospitalizations than at any point in the pandemic, including a rise among children. And Crist said his state needs a governor who can say things like wearing a mask matters.

CHARLIE CRIST: We need to have a governor who says getting a vaccine, getting it now, getting it as quickly as you can is the most important thing you can do. Fall back on the experts. Physicians, health care professionals, nurses, those are on the front line and understand what's happening here. Take their advice. Don't be too arrogant to do that.

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