DeSantis blasts media for incorrect doomsday predictions about Florida

DeSantis touted the accuracy of the state's data and blasted the media.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6, 2020
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6, 2020
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Updated: May 20, 2020 - 11:21pm

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday lambasted the media for incorrectly predicting that the Sunshine State would become a coronavirus hotspot.

"We've succeeded, and I think that people just don't want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption," DeSantis declared at a press conference alongside Vice President Mike Pence.

The Florida governor, a Republican, cited recent comments by Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, to bolster his case. 

"Dr. Birx has talked multiple times about how Florida has the absolute best data," he said. "So any insinuation otherwise is just typical partisan narrative trying to be spun. And part of the reason is that because you got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was gonna be just like New York. Wait two weeks, Florida's gonna be next, just like Italy, wait two weeks.

"Well, hell, we're eight weeks away from that and it hasn't happened."

The governor said that Florida's death rate has been lower than other areas including the surrounding region.

"And I was the number one landing spot from tens of thousands of people leaving the number one hot zone in the world to come to my state," DeSantis said.