Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis chastised President Biden Wednesday for trying to implement a “biomedical security state.” DeSantis warned, “I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID” until his administration’s border policies change.
Speaking at an event in Panama City on Florida’s economy, DeSantis launched into a four-and-a-half-minute speech against Biden, accusing him of trying to “single out” Florida over its rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
“This is a guy who ran for president saying he was gonna ‘shut down the virus.’ And what has he done? He’s imported more virus from around the world by having a wide-open southern border” DeSantis exclaimed.
“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” added the Governor.
DeSantis also had some words on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and their latest recommendation that masks be worn in all K-12 schools by students, teachers, staff and visitors. “I can tell you in Florida, the parents are going to be the ones in charge of that decision,” he said.
DeSantis also accused Biden of wanting to copy New York’s sweeping vaccine mandate in which 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.”
“If some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it,” Biden said Tuesday in response to pushback against mask and vaccine mandates. “I say to these governors, ‘Please, help.’ But if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives.”