Lou Dobbs Slams Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott For Not Defending Trump’s Death Toll Claims


Fox Business host Lou Dobbs called out Donald Trump’s Florida allies Governor Rick Scott and Rep. Ron DeSantis last night, as he suggested they betrayed the president by not siding with him over the Puerto Rico death toll controversy.

On Friday, Trump claimed that the number of dead in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria was inflated to make him look bad, tweeting that there is “NO WAY” the toll went up “FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER.” The president also claimed the high death count is a conspiracy “done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible.”

Dobbs quickly came to the president’s defense, which resulted in Trump giving him a shoutout on Twitter.

In another segment with NRATV host Dan Bongino, Dobbs declared that would “name names” of those who haven’t vouched for the president’s baseless claims.

“Rick Scott, running for senate in Florida and Ron DeSantis, running for the governorship of Florida both instantly took the side against the man who is pushing their candidacies without any reason, without any skeptical judgment, without any analysis without knowledge of the facts, and sided with those who wanted to go with the highest number, irrespective of whether they were based in reality or fact or anything close to reason,” Dobbs said. “They were not.”

The host continued by claiming that Harvard and George Washington University — the two institutions who aided in the research that found a death toll of nearly 3,000  — carried out “extrapolations of the wildest form.”

“It’s a disgrace what they did,” Dobbs seethed. “They should be ashamed of themselves and they should be apologizing to the American public and the people of Puerto Rico who have had to go through this now again, the number of deaths without again, evidence, without death certificates, without burials, without any factual basis for an analysis of what is Puerto Rico’s, one of its greatest tragedies in its history.”

Dobbs failed to provide any evidence proving that his claims against the universities are factual.

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