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The subject is being changed as Florida hospitals fill

The subject is being changed as Florida hospitals fill

It was on Tuesday afternoon when President Joe Biden sent a not-so-subtle shot across the bow of two prominent Republican governors, noting that Florida and Texas alone account for one third of the nation's new COVID-19 cases.Though he didn't name names, the president added "If you aren't going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing," said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. In a message intended for the president, the governor said, "I'm standing in your way with regards to proposed mandates and guidelines to stop the spread of the deadly virus." According to NBC News, the state has become the new epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. The COVID crisis is not the story the Republican wants to talk about, so the governor tried to shift the focus to a story he likes better.

The ambitious GOP governor's political operation sent a fundraising letter to his supporters yesterday, suggesting "migrants" are responsible for the rise in COVID numbers. We can explain that Florida is one of the hemisphere's largest peninsulas, and that it shares a border with Georgia and Alabama. The governor doesn't have a plan to deal with his state's intensifying public-health crisis, he dislikes policies that might help for purely political reasons, and he is on the defensive after the president exposed his indifference.

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