As President Donald Trump revives his campaign rallies and travels around the country, the United States is seeing nationwide spikes in new cases of the virus, with Thursday breaking the record for highest new cases in a single day.
One of the states bearing the brunt of those spikes is Florida, where new cases soared by 5,500 on Wednesday, obliterating its previous single day record by over 1500 cases. The spike came around three weeks after Florida's Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, cleared Florida for phase two of its reopening, which revived bars, movie theaters and other entertainment.
Now, DeSantis is facing backlash for comments he made a month ago in which he bragged about the state's success at combatting the virus.
In the appearance with Vice President Mike Pence, DeSantis accused Democrats of sowing fear and refusing to acknowledge Florida's success.
"So, we've succeeded. And I think that people just don't want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative. It challenges their assumption so they got to try to find a bogeyman."
Sadly, that bogeyman is anything but imaginary.
Now, DeSantis is facing criticism for declaring victory before the fight was over.
The grim distinction is unwelcome to say the least.
The state will soon welcome untold numbers of Republicans for the national convention.