Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has gained national prominence throughout the pandemic for his opposition to strict mitigation measures.
That pattern was on display again this week when he publicly mocked Democratic politicians who publicly promote harsh restrictions at home only to avoid them by visiting Florida.
“Make your own decisions”
His scathing critique came during a Fox News Channel appearance on Thursday.
“The number of lockdown politicians that have locked down their people, lectured their people, cast aspersions on Florida, who then turn around and then seek refuge in Florida, it’s so much it’s become a cottage industry,” he told Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
According to Fox News, the governor went on to note that officials at various levels of government “say one thing and then they live under different sets of rules.”
As for his state, DeSantis touted the fact that residents and visitors “have the ability to make your own decisions.”
Although New York, California, and other Democratic-led states have imposed strict mandates, the Florida Republican said that his state is “not going to use the heavy hand of government to curtail your freedoms or to ruin your livelihoods.”
“Mad they can’t date me”
DeSantis went on to address the pushback against his policy of preventing authorities from implementing various mandates, noting that many of those critics will “come down here and bask in the Florida sunshine and the Florida freedom.”
Going on to diagnose the cause as “a ruling class mentality,” he denounced the notion that officials “should not have to follow all the dictates” that they seek to impose on others.
His remarks came on the heels of reports that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was spotted without a mask at a packed Miami bar. Prior to that, the New York Democrat and her boyfriend were reportedly seen at a Miami Beach establishment. Neither was wearing a face mask.
As Fox News noted, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the criticism by chalking it up to the “sexual frustrations” of Republican men.
“If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday after a former Trump campaign adviser shared a photo of the couple on social media.