Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just issued a strong response to President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine mandate.
As part of that response, DeSantis has announced a $5,000 fine for any local city or county that mandates the coronavirus vaccine for their employees.
This comes after DeSantis, previously, announced a $5,000 fine for any Florida business that requires individuals to provide proof of vaccination against the coronavirus in order to gain entry.
Last week, Biden announced a vaccine mandate that requires companies with more than 100 employees to either get their employees vaccinated or to force them to undergo weekly coronavirus testing. DeSantis quickly made it clear that he would oppose the mandate in whatever way that he could.
On Monday, DeSantis held a press conference announcing his plan to fine Florida businesses that go along with the vaccine mandate.
“We’re here today to make it very clear that we’re going to stand for the men and women who are serving us. We’re going to protect Florida jobs,” DeSantis said, adding, “We cannot let those individuals be cast aside or let their livelihoods be destroyed over the vaccine mandates, which could force them out of their jobs.”
DeSantis, at the press conference, was joined by first responders, city works, and fellow politicians. One firefighter, Maria Bernard, spoke about Biden’s mandate.
“There were so many unanswered questions,” she said. “The biggest question is why. Why is our freedom to choose what we do with our body no longer a human right?”
DeSantis slams Biden
During the press conference, DeSantis also went after Biden, saying that what he is doing is “not constitutional.”
“So, they’re issuing this mandate for private-sector employees but also for all federal employees, but they’re exempting the post office. They’re exempting members of Congress and members of Congress’s staff?” DeSantis noted. “So how does that work? Can someone explain the science to me?”
DeSantis, here, wasn’t trying to argue that members of Congress and postal office workers ought to be subject to the mandate. Rather, he was just pointing out one of the many ways that Biden’s mandate is illogical.
“This is all political,” DeSantis said. “It’s all about using government, and it’s wrong.”