DeSantis is descending into anti-vax crazyville

Nothing can hide Florida’s descent into Crazyville. Not the “Don’t Tread on Florida” alligator signs held by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ supporters at his latest COVID-19 policy proposal announcement. Not the state’s new Ivy League-educated surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who, as reported by FloridaPolitics.com, refused — refused! — to wear a mask when he met with state Sen. Tina Polsky in her office in Tallahassee. The state senator, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, has cancer…

He has every motivation to ignore the facts and continue to stoke COVID denial and anti-vaxx fervor. His policy proposals are usually followed by a fundraising pitch from his campaign to potential donors, as the USA TODAY Network has reported. That model has worked for DeSantis, who’s outraised his Democratic opponents in next year’s elections…

DeSantis seems to be getting his scientific advice from the far-right Ladapo, a Harvard-educated physician with no expertise in public health, who questions vaccines and joined a news conference with an ultra-right wing group called America’s Frontline Doctors last year to promote hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID, which the FDA has said isn’t effective. Another member of that group once said a uterine condition is caused by sex with demons that takes place in dreams.