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The Florida GOP candidate for a governor wants nothing to do with the conspiracy of Puerto Rico in Trump – Vox

The Florida GOP candidate for a governor wants nothing to do with the conspiracy of Puerto Rico in Trump – Vox

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Florida governor, has embraced Donald Trump as forcefully as possible during the campaign. But there is one way down where DeSantis will not follow the president: the count of death in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The president drew doubt on the official census of the death of last year's hurricane in a series of tweets. Although the estimate of 3,000 deaths comes from official government sources, Trump suggested that the Democrats had produced the figures to make him look bad because the initial death toll of the hurricane was much lower. But experts and independent analysis had long ago said that the death toll was much higher than the original official estimate of 16.

DeSantis, who runs to be governor of a state where many Puerto Ricans have moved to Maria, said in a statement Thursday that he "does not believe that any loss of life is blown up."

It was a remarkable reprimand, as it goes, of one of the most pro-Trump candidates in the country. In the Republican Primary, DeSantis sent out advertisements showing how he built Trump's wall with his daughter and son, dressed in a make-America Great Again onesie. DeSantis even called Trump for his approval.

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