Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made a very bold move when he announced he was going after mRNA vaccine manufacturers in the wake of COVID-19. That move drew a lot of eyes and got a lot of people talking. Yesterday, he confirmed he is filing “a petition with the Supreme Court of Florida to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate any and all wrongdoing in Florida with respect to Covid-19 vaccines.”
That’s a very interesting play. The health concerns of the vaccines as they are now aside, it’s not just a good political move for him personally but also the best play if you’re looking to attack former President Donald Trump from his right.
Which was noted by NBC News’ Marc Caputo.
For about a year, Donald Trump’s confidants, advisers and boosters have worried that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was positioning himself to get to the right of the former president over the issue of Covid vaccines.
DeSantis, who is mulling whether to challenge Trump in the 2024 Republican primary for president, deepened those suspicions Tuesday.
DeSantis was a major booster of the vaccines last year and once called them lifesaving, but he later turned against them, mirroring a shift in conservative Republican opinion. By January, he refused to say if he even got a booster, and that prompted Trump — whose Operation Warp Speed led to the rapid development of the vaccines — to take a thinly veiled shot at him, albeit not by name, for being “gutless.”