The news that Casey DeSantis, the wife of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, had been diagnosed with breast cancer sparked sympathy from Democrats and Republicans – but was also greeted with ill glee and mockery from the darkest corners of society. media.
Nikki Fried, Florida’s Democratic Commissioner of Agriculture, who is running to topple DeSantis in next year’s gubernatorial election, tweeted: “Our hearts are with Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis and her family. We all pray for you! “
After repeating the message in Spanish, Fried issued a precautionary warning to would-be trolls.
“If you choose to respond to this tweet, please empathize,” she said. “Casey is a mother of three and deserves our support in this difficult fight. “
Her warning appears to have come in response to several politically motivated nasty tweets about the battle of the Florida first lady.
“I feel sorry for Casey DeSantis, not only to have such a horrific diagnosis, but also to face the prospect of Ron DeSantis choosing between (a) helping protect his wife’s immune system by wearing a mask; and (b) flatter the anti-maskers for his voracious political ambitions ”, tweeted Canadian comedian Deven Green, who often plays the character of Mrs. Betty Bowers, “America’s best Christian”.
“I wish Casey DeSantis good luck,” wrote another Twitter user claiming to be a ‘frontline intensive care MP’. “I hope she is smart enough not to allow her husband to treat his breast cancer with ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine. “
“It’s going to be really hard to offer thoughts and prayers to Casey DeSantis, wife of a man who botched a pandemic that has killed more than 55,000 Floridians,” rang in another user with the nickname “Death Metal Viking”.
“My prayers go out to the families of the more than 50,000 Floridians who have died of Covid due to desantis [sic], » yet another twitter user wrote. “Sorry, I’m not wasting them on his wife.”
Some of the more conspiratorial inhabitants of social media have questioned whether the diagnosis of the 41-year-old is genuine.
“I don’t know if this is a gimmick for pity votes or not,” one wrote in response to a CNN news article.
“Can someone verify if this is true?” ” added another user, “Because he might just be looking for sympathy and extra attention for his presidential race, when his wife miraculously beats the odds and becomes a story of survival.” When it comes to scum like Ron, I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.
In a second tweet, the same user wrote: “If his wife does have cancer, I hope she gets the medical treatment that people like Ron are trying to stop everyone else from getting. “
Casey DeSantis, a former TV host, married her husband Ron in 2010. The couple have three children aged four and under.
“Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has impacted the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady,” the governor said in a statement. “As she faces the most difficult ordeal of her life, she will not only have my unwavering support, but also the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and wishes of Floridians across our state. “
While Democratic leaders in the Sunshine State have harshly criticized DeSantis for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic – including his insistence that school districts not impose mask warrants – they put politics aside after the News of the Florida first lady’s diagnosis circulated Monday.
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Manny Diaz said in a statement he was “sorry” to learn of Casey DeSantis’ diagnosis and called it “the type of news all families dread to hear. “.
“As the DeSantis family goes through this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with Ms. DeSantis and I wish her a speedy and successful recovery,” Diaz added.