Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis described retiring Dr. Anthony Fauci as an “elf” and called for him to be chucked “across the Potomac” River in a stump speech Wednesday afternoon.
Fauci, 81, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the top medical adviser to the last seven presidents, announced Monday that he would retire at the end of the year.
DeSantis, speaking at a “Keep Florida Free” GOP rally in Seminole County, mocked Fauci’s height of 5’7″ — two inches shorter than his own — and called for him to be physically thrown from the US capital to Maryland, WFLA News reported.
“I’m just sick of seeing him. I know he says he’s going to retire. Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac,” DeSantis told the cheering crowd after discussing Fauci’s “poor” treatment of children during the coronavirus pandemic.
DeSantis, 43, is running for reelection this year with an eye on a 2024 White House bid. He won the Republican gubernatorial nomination uncontested Tuesday.
Fauci became a household name during the pandemic and was the subject of partisan insults by Republican lawmakers and former President Donald Trump, who labeled him a “disaster” and said he “usually did the opposite” of what the Dyker Heights, Brooklyn native advised.
A West Virginia man was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this month for repeatedly threatening to kill Fauci, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
News of his retirement led many GOP lawmakers to call for an investigation into his leadership during the pandemic.
With AP wires