President Joe Biden has begun cutting off life-saving COVID-19 treatments to red states like Florida, Breitbart reports, leaving many to question if he is intentionally trying to punish states that defy his draconian coronavirus policies.
According to the Daily Mail, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that Biden was retaliating out of “partisan bitterness” toward Floridians and state leaders after the Sunshine State received less than half its usual supply of monoclonal antibody treatments after the White House announced it would be rationing doses amid a purported shortage.
DeSantis vows to “fight like hell”
DeSantis has become a favorite target of Biden owing to his opposition to mask and vaccine mandates, and in a vicious speech last week, Biden vowed to get governors like DeSantis “out of the way” if they won’t play along with his administration’s authoritarian agenda. It appears Biden wasn’t bluffing.
This week, the Biden administration took control of antibody treatments like Regeneron, which governors could previously order themselves, and started curtailing supply to red states in the south like Florida, which have been using about 70% of available doses.
DeSantis vowed to “fight like hell” to stop Biden’s “cruel” decision, which left Florida with less than half the antibody treatments it needs this week, and said Biden was acting out of “partisan bitterness.”
“We’ve seen steep reductions in hospital admissions due to early treatment efforts. It’s wrong to penalize Florida for his partisan bitterness,” DeSantis said, as the Daily Mail reported.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki contends that southern states like Florida are hogging resources, and those in the mainstream media, of course, have taken the same line, endorsing what the White House is calling a new policy of “equitable distribution.”
Biden’s COVID politics get bloody
The Biden administration says they will send the supplies “where they are needed most,” but they appear to be going about things arbitrarily.
DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw questioned how it is “equitable” to provide southern states with less than they need. “How is it equitable to only send treatment for HALF the Floridians who need it, [and] NO state sites in Alabama?” she pressed, according to Breitbart.
Biden’s belligerent rhetoric toward red state governors certainly suggests he is acting out of retribution.
If true, then Biden is getting innocent people killed for the politics of their elected leaders, an entirely new level of partisan viciousness that would have been unthinkable until recently. But Biden has leaned into this hostile posture aggressively.
In his speech announcing a federal vaccine mandate, Biden repeatedly scapegoated and dehumanized millions of Americans who have refused the coronavirus vaccine, saying their “hesitance” had cost the country and that his “patience” had worn thin. Is Biden now acting on that rhetoric?