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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is being heralded as a national hero and future president for the verbal uppercut he delivered Wednesday to the Biden administration in response to it constantly trash-talking his liberty focused coronavirus policies.
During what was originally meant to be a press conference on his state’s economy, the governor instead took about four minutes to highlight the nonsensical and irrational nature of the Biden administration’s own policies and complaints.
He specifically focused on how the administration is allowing thousands of COVID-positive illegal aliens to freely cross the border — all while simultaneously lecturing him because he doesn’t believe children should be forced to wear masks at school.
Listen to his full remarks below:
“Joe Biden has taken to trying to single out Florida over COVID. This is a guy who ran for president saying he was going to ‘shut down the virus,'” DeSantis’s remarks began.
Yet the president hasn’t “shut down the virus.” Instead, he’s essentially imported it into the United States by having “hundreds of thousands of people pouring across every month” from “over a hundred different countries,” the governor added.
“Not only are they letting them through, they’re then farming them out all across our communities, across this country, putting them on planes, putting them on buses. Do you think they’re being worried about COVID for that? Of course not,” he continued.
“So he’s facilitating who knows what new variants are out there. But I can tell you, whatever variants are around the world, they’re coming across that southern border. And so he’s not shutting down the virus; he’s helping to facilitate it in our country.”
DeSantis continued by stressing that he doesn’t intend to allow his state to turn into a security state.
“We can either have a free society or we can have a biomedical security state, and I can tell you, Florida, we’re a free state. People are going to be free to choose to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families, about their kids’ education and about putting food on the table,” he said.
“Joe Biden suggests that if you don’t do lockdown, policies then you should ‘get out of the way,'” he added, referencing some of Biden’s trash-talking from earlier in the week. “But let me tell you this: If you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way. I’m not going to let you get away with it. If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m going to stand in your way, and I’m going to stand up for the kids in Florida.”
Wrapping up his speech, the governor then basically told Biden to shut up.
“If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business, if you’re trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way, and I’m standing for the people of Florida. So why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you!” he said.
The governor also turned his attention to the administration’s complaints.
“And what is his big solution? What is he so upset about Florida? His solution is he wants to have the government force kindergartners to wear masks in school. He doesn’t believe the parents should have a say in that. He thinks that should be a decision for the government,” he said.
“I can tell you in Florida, the parents are going to be the ones in charge of that decision,” he then forcefully added.
In fact, late last month DeSantis issued an anti-mask mandate barring schools from forcing mask mandates on their teachers and students.
“One of the major medical people in his administration just recently told parents that they should be wearing masks at home when they’re around their own children. This is insane. Joe Biden also believes that vaccination should be mandated by force of government and that you should have to show vaccination status to be able to participate in society,” he continued.
What the administration, congressional Democrats and their media allies have all ignored, he added, is the death rate. Because of Florida’s seniors-first strategy, the COVID mortality rate in Florida — particularly in nursing homes — isn’t even close to the national high.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 3, 2021
This despite the governor not forcing either masks or vaccines on his constituents, particularly those who’ve already contracted the coronavirus itself.
“Biden, he rejects science because he denies the fact that people that recover from COVID have long-lasting immunity. That’s been proven time and time again, and the data is very clear,” DeSantis noted.
“So his vision is just like in New York City, restaurants should ban young kids from being able to go in because they’re not eligible for vaccination and law-abiding citizens have to produce proof of their medical records just to go to the gym or attend an event or just to participate in everyday society,” he added.
Incidentally, blue state vaccine mandates are expected to disproportionately affect black people:
The CDC reported today that only 28.4% of the black community have received the Covid vaccine. With states like CA and NY mandating vaccine passports to enter restaurants and businesses, the black community would be most affected by this modern day segregation
— Dr. Drew (@drdrew) August 4, 2021
The irony is that the Biden administration is always complaining about voter ID laws because they too allegedly disproportionately affect black people.
The response from the right to DeSantis’s remarks has been pure joy, celebration, and praise, for it’s rare — exceedingly rare — to see an elected Republican take such a bold stand against the institutional left.
Ron DeSantis for President!!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 4, 2021
DeSantis is the best governor. He ought to be President.
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 4, 2021
In a clever tweet, Meghan McCain wrote, “Can’t wait to watch Biden and DeSantis in a presidential debate.”
Like many other conservatives, she’s hoping DeSantis chooses to run for president in 2024.
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