Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) stated unequivocally that his state will not be locked down no matter what President Joe Biden says, Breitbart reported.
DeSantis made the vow not to lock down Florida following Biden’s prime-time address on Thursday, during which he suggested that future coronavirus-related lockdowns are still possible.
An “insane” idea
“Biden last night said that they may have to impose more lockdown-type policies in the future,” DeSantis said Friday, according to local Orlando station WOFL. “I can tell ya: that ain’t happening in Florida.”
DeSantis said that even the mere suggestion of a lockdown at this point is “insane.”
“We like the fact that people are able to work here,” he said. “We like the fact that we’ve been able to save thousands, thousands of businesses and save people’s livelihoods and we love the fact that parents have the right to send their kid to school in person.”
DeSantis has consistently resisted draconian lockdowns for his state. During his State of the State address earlier this month, the governor promised to keep his state open.
Despite the condemnation from critics, Florida “continues to fare better in terms of new coronavirus cases per capita in the last seven days than restriction-heavy blue states such as New York, per Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) data,” Breitbart News reported.
Biden: “Normal” depends on “unity”
On Thursday, Biden delivered his first prime-time address to mark the one-year anniversary of coronavirus lockdowns in the United States. Despite the development of a vaccine, Biden suggested that further lockdowns may be necessary if Americans don’t cooperate.
“Even if we devote every resource we have, beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity,” Biden said, according to Breitbart.
He continued: “National unity isn’t just how politics and politicians vote in Washington, what the loudest voices say on cable or online. Unity is what we do as fellow Americans. Because if we don’t stay vigilant and the conditions change, then we may have to reinstate restrictions to get back on track.”
Biden also suggested that life could return to some kind of normalcy by Independence Day, although he conditioned this on a large part of the population being vaccinated.
Overall, the president’s message seemed to be “obey, or else.”