A Stanford medical professor lauded Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his knowledge of the coronavirus, saying “most epidemiologists don’t know the literature as well as he does.”
“He could go up against an epidemiologist,” Jayanta Bhattacharya said on The Tom Woods Show.
“I mean, most, most epidemiologists don’t know the literature as well as he does. I mean, I just, I don’t have the words. … I’ve just been, I’m still stunned by it. I didn’t know anything about him, actually, before, you know, basically before September, really. I’ve just been very impressed.”
Bhattacharya said he spoke with the Republican governor in September and called him “extraordinary” and unlike any other politician because of how well-versed he was with data on the coronavirus.
“He had read all the papers I had referenced, and not just my articles — lots and lots of other papers. He knew all of the details; it was a remarkable conversation. And then, we had this like roundtable on Sept. 25, with Martin and Mike Leavitt, and with DeSantis leading it, and the next day, he lifted most of the restrictions all across Florida.”
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DeSantis has been hit with criticisms from Democrats and the media for reopening his state and vowing never to lock it down again. Bhattacharya added that one reporter implied to him that DeSantis got “lucky” on reopening the state without serious issues, to which Bhattacharya said it had nothing to do with luck.
“I had a reporter ask me about him, from Politico, and the sort of line the reporter was trying to give me was that [DeSantis] got lucky, that he turned out to be right … but he got lucky,” Bhattacharya said. “Obviously, there’s great uncertainty about risks about any policy of this kind of scope, but you know, it’s not actually luck. He was very, very well-informed.”
“By adopting a policy that’s robust to scientific uncertainty, he’s sort of inoculated himself against, in a sense, being wrong, because he’s — he’s adopted a policy that will be right over a very broad range of sort of scientific parameters,” Bhattacharya said. “Whereas the lockdown folks, they’re only right for a narrow set of scientific parameters. And those scientific parameters turned out to be not right. So, I think in a sense, he’s not lucky; he actually is smart. And he really got the policy right by delving deep into the science.”
DeSantis is currently being floated as a possible 2024 presidential contender, with those speculations growing after it was announced he’ll make a trip to the battleground state of Pennsylvania in May.
A straw poll conducted during the Conservative Political Action Conference also found DeSantis as the clear choice of attendees for the 2024 presidential election if former President Donald Trump doesn’t run.
Source: Washington Examiner : Stanford medical professor ‘stunned’ by DeSantis’s coronavirus knowledge, says ‘most epidemiologists’ less informed