Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted Joe Biden Wednesday afternoon, telling him his unsecure border policies have “facilitated” the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, and until the border is secure, he doesn’t want to “hear a blip about COVID” from him.
Biden on Tuesday singled out the Republican governors of Florida and Texas over their handling of COVID, and told them to “get out of the way” if they’re not willing to help.
In response, DeSantis told Biden he would be happy to stand his way to protect the rights of Floridians.
“This is a guy who ran for president saying he was going to—quote—shut down the virus,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Panama City. “What has he done? He’s imported more virus from around the world by having a wide open southern border. You have hundreds of thousands of people pouring across every month.”
The governor pointed out that illegal aliens are coming across the border not only from Mexico, but from over one hundred countries around the world.
“Not only are they letting them through, but their farming them out all across our communities across this country,” he said. “You think they’re worried about COVID?” he scoffed. “Of course not.”
DeSantis added that whatever new variants have developed in countries around the world, “they’re coming across that southern border. So he’s not shutting down the virus, he’s helping to facilitate it in our country.”
The Florida governor also blasted the Biden regime for wanting to force young school children to wear masks, and for recommending that parents wear masks at home around their own children.
“This is insane,” he said.
DeSantis also hit Biden for supporting vaccine passports.
“We said from the beginning in Florida, we’re going to make it available for all, but we’re not going to mandate it on anybody,” he said.
“His [Biden’s] 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,” DeSantis continued. “He wants that, but if you want to vote, he thinks it’s too much of a burden to show a picture I.D. when you’re voting. So no voting I.D., but you have to show your medical papers to participate in everyday life? Give me a break!”
We can either have a free society, or we can have a bio-medical-security state. And I can tell you in 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.
Joe Biden saying that if you don’t support lockdown policies, you should get out of the way, 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. You try to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m going to stand in your way, I’m going to stand up for the kids in Florida. If you’re going to restrict people with mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs, and their livelihoods and their small businesses, if you are 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.