DeSantis Mocks Trump Decision Not To Fire Anthony Fauci With Flashback To 'The Apprentice': 'You're Fired!'

By FOX News
Posted on 06/06/23 | News Source: FOX News

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign began the week by taking aim at former President Donald Trump over his decision not to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

video the DeSantis campaign released Monday showed multiple clips from Trump's days on his reality show, "The Apprentice," which the former president hosted from 2004 to 2015, and included scenes of him using his signature phrase, "You're fired!" whenever a contestant was removed from the program.

It compared those clips of him firing multiple contestants, in which it labeled Trump, "Reality TV Trump," to clips of him repeatedly defending his decision not to fire Fauci, in which he was labeled, "Real Life Trump."

"Today I walk in, and I hear I'm going to fire him. I'm not firing him. I think he's a wonderful guy," one clip showed Trump saying during a briefing at the White House, referencing Fauci.

"Should you have fired Fauci?" another clip showed a member of the media asking, and Trump responding, "So, a lot of people ask me that question, and I did it right. Because if you do fire him, you're going to have a firestorm on the left again."

One clip showed Trump being asked why he felt "unable" to fire Fauci, and was followed by the former president responding he was "not allowed to" before abruptly cutting to another clip. The clip was too short to provide the full context of Trump's answer.