Will Marco Rubio Condemn Ron DeSantis For Spreading January 6 Conspiracy Theories? Plus, 1 Million COVID-19 Rapid Tests Expire

Rubio Has Ducked Questions On 1/6 For Months

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At a press conference today, Ron DeSantis devoted time to floating a conspiracy theory that the FBI was involved in “orchestrating” the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. DeSantis’ claim has been debunked by numerous fact checkers, and is an attack on the law enforcement officials who have helped hold the violent extremists who stormed the Capitol accountable. 

“As his governor openly promotes a baseless conspiracy spread by the same people whose lies about the 2020 election encouraged a violent mob to storm the Capitol, will Marco Rubio muster the political courage to speak out? If Rubio cravenly stays silent while DeSantis continues to spread lies about the January 6 attack, his weakness will only fuel the same extremism that led to deadly violence a year ago today,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Grant Fox.

Rubio has never had the courage to stand up for the truth following January 6. His cowardly refusal to support a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack was criticized as “hypocritical” and led the Orlando Sentinel editorial board to conclude that he “will never do the right thing.” Rubio was also excoriated for staying silent in the wake of Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. “The senators know they’re guilty, too, having done nothing to quell his lies, or the rage that he fueled,” Carl Hiaasen wrote of Rubio and Rick Scott in the Miami Herald. 

Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Releases Statement Regarding The DeSantis Administration Allowing 1 Million COVID-19 Rapid Tests To Expire

Following the DeSantis Administration’s confirmation that it allowed between 800,000 and 1,000,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to expire unused, their illogical excuse that there was “not a demand” for them as Floridians waited in lines for hours, and their shift to discouraging Floridians who are “less at risk” from taking tests, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director Marcus L. Dixon released the following statement:

“The Governor should stop destroying tests and do his job! What he’s saying is nonsense. Unless seniors can be secluded from everyone else, limiting testing to seniors will only ensure they are around COVID positive people who don’t know their status. His incompetence is costing us our freedom and costing lives!”

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