On Thursday, the ladies of “The View’ took a closer look at the way Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has handled the COVID-19 health crisis taking place in the Sunshine State, and co-host Sunny Hostin made it clear she thinks the governor has blood on his hands.

Joy Behar began the discussion by noting that she believes DeSantis is putting politics ahead of health and safety:

“He’s putting his political ambitions ahead of the safety of children. It’s as simple as that really. The way I see it, he should be criminally liable for that. You are actually committing negligent homicide when people die on your watch.”

Sara Haines agreed with Behar, adding:

“Right now we have 250,000 kids were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week — 250,000! 30,000 children had to go into the hospitals which means it’s a more serious case. So right now I feel like if we can’t — if we can’t agree on the very fact it’s a health concern or protecting the vulnerable, look at it as an economic concern. We talk about how we wanted everything opened up. The only way we keep businesses and schools open is if we keep people safe.”

Guest host Mia Love — who served in Congress as a GOP member of the House from Utah — pushed back, saying parents are responsible for what’s taking place, but she was quickly countered by co-host Sunny Hostin, who remarked:

“I think that makes a lot of sense, Mia, when you’re talking about private health, but this is a public health crisis. You are talking about a public health issue. That’s a very collaborative effort, and unfortunately, we have a lot of people that don’t seem to care about you, the person to their left. They don’t seem to care about the person to their right. They only care about themselves, and I want to take those decisions away from those people, and I want us to make a decision for everyone.”

But it was what Hostin said next that has caused video of her remarks to go viral:

“One thing I want to say about Gov. DeathSantis in Florida, there was a lot of chatter, you know, from the right talking about how successfully he handled the COVID crisis, and I think that’s been a lie from the very beginning. There have been allegations again from the very beginning that Florida misrepresented the COVID-19 data. There was research — I would like everybody to look it up — published earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health that Florida was undercounting and has been undercounting the number of people who have been dying from COVID-19 by thousands and thousands of cases.”

DeSantis is running for reelection next year. At the moment, his chances of winning are decreasing with each new case of COVID diagnosed in Florida and every person who dies on his watch.

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