According to data from the Center for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the past seven days Florida reported fewer positive cases of the CCP Virus than New York state with the big difference being that Florida lifted all restrictions on commercial activities in September 2020.
According to Breitbart, in the past seven days, Florida reported just over 37,000 cases while New York reported nearly 53,000 cases despite being one of the tightest restricted states in the country: schools remain closed, and bars and restaurants work limited.
Gov. DeSantis never imposed mandatory face masks like most states, and when he announced the cessation of restrictions on bars, restaurants, and businesses in general, he said that for those municipalities wishing to impose a limit on capacity, they would have to demonstrate economic and health justifications for doing so.
DeSantis’s powerful libertarian vision
During the Conservative Action Conference (CPAC) DeSantis said, “We have long been known as the Sunshine State—but, given the unprecedented lockdowns we have witnessed in other states, I think the Florida sun now serves as a beacon of light to those who yearn for freedom.”
In addition to opening up economic activity, DeSantis was also one of the first states to reopen schools for in-person classes, when many Democratic states still continue to keep students learning remotely, despite the serious health problems it causes.
In his State of the State address on March 2, DeSantis said with certainty, “I see, in many parts of our country, a sad state of affairs: schools closed, businesses shuttered and lives destroyed. … We will not let anybody close your schools, take your jobs, [or] close your businesses!”
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch Trump supporte said that if the former president is not the 2024 GOP nominee for the White House, “the leader of our movement will be Ron DeSantis.”
“He is a strong potential presidential candidate in 2024. The Biden team knows that, and so they’re trying to somehow cast aspersions on the Florida experience because you know what, throughout America, there’s a lot of Florida envy right now,” Gaetz stated.
In fact, the Florida governor’s profile is very similar to Donald Trump’s.
On Jan. 5, while DeSantis was answering questions to reporters about the distribution of the CCP vaccine, a CNN reporter tried to make him look bad by saying that the plan to distribute the vaccines had failed because phone lines were jammed and websites crashed.
Noticeably annoyed, DeSantis interrupted her and replied to the reporter that the reason was the widespread demand and that she should have done a little more research to find out the reasons.
When the reporter insisted that it was the government’s fault that elderly people were standing in long lines to receive the vaccines in the hospitals, the governor explained that the state delivered the vaccines to the hospitals and there are people in the hospitals who are sufficiently trained to make decisions on how to carry out the vaccination.
The clash between DeSantis and the CNN reporter is reminiscent of former President Trump who, in his politically incorrect way, confronted those journalists who published and reported misrepresented facts to tarnish his image.
So, will DeSantis be the next Republican president?