Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had a snappy comeback ready on Friday, when asked to respond to Joe Biden’s dismissive “Governor who?” comment.
Biden on Thursday had been asked to react to the governor’s viral rant about the regime’s malfeasance at the southern border. DeSantis held a press conference on Wednesday blasting Biden after he had criticized his handling of the COVID pandemic.
“Why don’t you do your job?” DeSantis said. “Why don’t you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don’t wanna hear a blip about COVID from you.”
When NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell asked Biden to respond to DeSantis’ broadside, he quipped: “Governor who?” to the delight of the White House reporters who snickered in response to the insult.
Here is the president responding to my question about @GovRonDeSantis using Biden's words against him to say DeSantis is "getting in the way" over COVID rules. President Biden: "Governor who?" Watch. pic.twitter.com/mmjznTsLcf
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 5, 2021
In his pointed remarks on Friday, DeSantis made reference to Biden’s obvious and embarrassing mental decline.
“I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me,” Governor DeSantis said. “I guess the question is, what else has he forgotten?”
His audience burst out laughing.
“Biden’s forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that,” he went on. “Biden has forgotten about the inflation that is biting the budgets of families throughout our country.”
“Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators are fighting for freedom down in Cuba,” DeSantis added. “And Biden has even forgotten about the Constitution itself, as we saw with what he did with this moratorium.”
“And I can just tell you, I am the governor who protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education,” DeSantis said. “I am the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down.”
“I am the governor who answers to the people of Florida, not the bureaucrats in Washington,” he concluded.
Ron Desantis was ready for the “Governor Who,” question regarding Joe Biden insulting him. Can you imagine these two on a debate stage? pic.twitter.com/tbWuPgdpsj
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 6, 2021
Another thing Biden has forgotten as recently as today is the population of the country he purportedly leads. On Friday, during remarks on the economy from the East Room of the White House, he stated twice that 350 million Americans have been vaccinated. The population of the U.S., of course, is about 333 million people.
Biden said, “we have roughly 350 million people vaccinated in the United States, and billions around the world, and virtually no one’s died because of that vaccinations.”
In fact, through July 30, 2021, 6,490 reports of death had been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
“As I’ve said again and again, this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Biden declared, before citing the inaccurate number again.
Looking down at his notes, he bumbled: “What’s the number again, I remind myself, 350 million Americans have already been vaccinated.”
Twice, Biden looked at his notes and told the world that 350 million Americans had been vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/49dlegK0UX
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 6, 2021
As of August 5, 2021, about 49.9% of the US population had been fully vaccinated with an Authorized COVID-19 vaccine, making the actual number of Americans who have been vaccinated closer to 166 million. Most likely, Biden was referring to the number of injections that have been administered.