04:42 GMT05 August 2021
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    The chief medical adviser to the president previously slammed the Florida governor for opening up the state too quickly, while DeSantis criticised the federal government's response to the pandemic.

    Ron DeSantis has decided to mock Dr Antony Fauci for his pandemic guidelines via merchandise. The politician's website is now selling beer koozies ($12 apiece) that say "Don't Fauci my Florida".

    The pun stirred a lot of backlash from the governor's opponents, with a twitterstorm of blue checkmarks rushing to criticise him: ex-Vermont Governor Howard Dean called DeSantis "a well-educated crackpot", while MSNBC host Joy Reid slammed him as an "ignorant ghoul".

    ​While DeSantis' political opponents pointed out the health crisis in his state, Republican voters seem to support the governor. According to recent polls, he is now the most popular Republican candidate for the 2024 elections, surpassing even Donald Trump.

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