Speaking on Tuesday, President Biden attacked Florida GOP governor Ron DeSantis and Texas GOP governor Greg Abbott, ranting that they “aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic” and if they “aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way. … Use your power to save lives.”
Biden’s nasty attack on the two governors ignores one salient fact: while he castigates them for their policies, their states are positioned far down the list when it comes to death rates from COVID-19.
As Statista reported on Wednesday, the states with leading death rates from COVID-19 are led by Democratic governors: New Jersey and New York. Texas ranked 25thout of 50 states; Florida ranked 26th. Per 100,00 people, New York had 300 people who had died; New Jersey 276. Texas had 184; Florida had 182.
Florida has a larger percentage of elderly people than New York, and the elderly population is the most susceptible to the virus. Statista reported, “In 2019, there were 4.5 million adults aged 65 and older living in Florida, out of a total population of 21.5 million.” That amounts to 21% of the population. New York had 3.3 million adults aged 65 and older out of a population of 19.5 million, a percentage of 17%.