Will Marco Rubio Condemn DeSantis’ Surgeon General For Pushing Vaccine Skepticism?

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At a recent press conference with Ron DeSantis, Florida’s new surgeon general Joseph Ladapo cast doubt on the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations and spread dangerous misinformation. As Ladapo makes national news for his comments, which come after Florida’s deadliest COVID outbreak yet, will Marco Rubio have the courage to condemn Ladapo for spreading dangerous anti-vaccine misinformation? 

“Whether he’s appearing on TV shows that attack vaccinations or flying off to Iowa to pursue his presidential ambitions while Florida suffered from the worst COVID outbreak in the country, Marco Rubio has always put his political agenda ahead of keeping Floridians safe,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox. “Now that Florida’s surgeon general is undermining COVID vaccines, Floridians deserve to know whether Rubio still lacks to the spine to stop dangerous misinformation.”

Rubio has a history of empowering vaccine skeptics. He’s appeared in numerous Fox News interviews with hosts who have spread misinformation about the effectiveness of COVID vaccines. When Ron DeSantis was widely condemned for featuring a speaker at a recent press conference who told the audience he would refuse a vaccine, falsely claiming it “changes your RNA,” Rubio was silent.  

Former Marco Rubio Advisor Regrets Working For Him, Calls His Lack Of Courage A “Monumental Disappointment”

In a recent PBS interview, former Marco Rubio advisor Max Boot describes how Rubio has been too weak to stand up to the dangerous and antidemocratic elements of his party, calling Rubio’s spinelessness under Donald Trump “one of the monumental disappointments of my life.”

Watch a key highlight and read Boot’s comments below:

Walter Isaacson: You worked for Mitt Romney, you worked for John McCain, and then you worked for Senator Marco Rubio against Donald Trump. 

Max Boot: That’s one I regret. 

Walter Isaacson: Yeah, so tell me why you regret it. I mean, what has happened to him? How has he succumbed to that wing of the party that you were so frightened about? 

Max Boot: Well, this, you know, this has been one of the monumental disappointments of my life is a lot of people in the Republican Party that I once believed in, have failed the test of Trump. They have failed the character test of Trump, including folks like Paul Ryan, but also certainly, Marco Rubio, who I thought stood for something better in 2015 and 2016…He was saying that Donald Trump was unqualified, unfit to be president, and I applauded that, so I was shocked when he endorsed Donald Trump. 

And now he’s become more Trumpy over time and he actually is emulating Trump and a lot of his cheap shot attacks on the media. Basically, I just think that he sees it as a political advantage to be Trump’s lickspittle, which is probably true in Florida and certainly true in Republican politics. But it’s really disappointing to see…So, you know…unfortunately, Marco Rubio represents the worst. 

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