Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show” said Thursday that it turned out that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made the right decisions in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak while New York’s Andrew Cuomo—the media darling—made catastrophic errors that should lead to his resignation.
Sexton said that Florida has an elderly population farlagerthen New York State but somehow managed to have a lower death rate “even among that elderly community.”
He said Tallahassee was a “punching bag for weeks” from the "lockdown" media that trained its focus on the Republican governor and overzealous spring breakers, but the Sunshine State was on to something.
“It turned out Florida handled it pretty well. New York handled it terribly. Gov. Cuomo should probably resign in disgrace but that’s not going to happen,” Sexton said.
Sexton pointed to early reports that claimed DeSantis had “blood on his hands” over his early decisions. The National Review ran an article this week titled, “Where Does Ron DeSantis Go to Get His Apology.”
Rich Lowry, the editor, wrote that DeSantis trained his early focus on data, particularly how South Korea and Italy responded to their own outbreak.
“I think a lot of the policymakers in the U.S. acted like Italy would happen in the United States, but when you look under the hood of Italy, there were huge differences, and there were reasons why that part of Italy fared as poorly as it did,” he told the magazine. “I think the median age of fatality was something like 82 in some of those areas in Northern Italy. So we looked at that, but that really helped inform the strategy to focus most of our efforts on the at-risk groups.”
As of Thursday, the entire state of Florida recorded 48,675 known coronavirus cases and 2,144 deaths. Each state has its own challenges, but New York City alone has seen 196,000 cases and 15,000 deaths.
Miranda Devine, the columnist, wrote in the New York Post that Cuomo wants to sell the idea that the high death toll was something that could not be prevented and the state did all it could to stop transmission.
“He was slower to respond to the threat of the virus,” she wrote. “And then he compounded that error with the unforgivable callous act of forcing nursing homes to admit COVID-19 positive patients—a death sentence for other residents as the infection spread like wildfire.”
Sexton said that the media will likely continue to overlook the Florida success story and dwell on Cuomo, but Florida proved to the country that data can be used by the government to make prescient decisions during the pandemic.