MSNBC host calls it ‘a tough sell’ to convince Floridians to shelter with unvaccinated


By Jenny Goldsberry

Amidst Hurricane Ida raging in the Gulf of Mexico, MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan admitted he would not shelter from it in with unvaccinated Floridians. Hasan invited Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) on his show Sunday to ask him how he makes such “a tough sell.”

“As a public official, I’d imagine one of the biggest challenges when a storm approaches is convincing folks that they are better off evacuating, leaving, going to a shelter even, than riding out a storm,” Hasan said. “And yet, during COVID, with Florida’s vaccination rates where they are, that’s got to be a tough sell. I’m not sure I would want my family in a shelter with an unknown number of unvaccinated people right now.”

“Well no kidding Mehdi,” Crist said. “And the fact of the matter is the hospitals in Florida are overwhelmed. We’re number one in the country in hospitalizations, in cases, and sadly in deaths.”

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pleaded with Floridians to get the vaccine during a press conference last month. “They are reducing mortality,” DeSantis said. “So we’re proud in Florida that we put seniors first on that list because they were the most vulnerable,” the governor said. “We have 85 percent of our seniors that are vaccinated and about 75 percent of folks over the age of 50.”

Meanwhile DeSantis has kept his word that Florida got it right and the lockdown states got it wrong. “We have no mandate,” he said. “We’ve provided information to people and we’ve been very honest about any data that comes out.”

However Crist, who was also Governor for Florida from 2007-2011, says that DeSantis got it wrong, nicknaming him “wRONg DeSantis.” In a tweet, he accused the current governor of ignoring experts and science. Crist also suggested that DeSantis could do more to promote vaccines, as he hasn’t posted on social media about them.

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