After President Biden criticized Florida Governor Ron Desantis this week for his handling of COVID, Desantis responded with perhaps one of his best speeches to date. The speech, which lasted just less than 5 minutes, proved to be a re-energizing force in the conservative movement. Freedom fighters across the country should probably be thanking President Biden for giving Desantis the opportunity and the impetus for the speech.
Biden started his statement by pointing out that, “Just two states, Florida and Texas, account for one-third of all COVID cases in the entire country.” Then Biden decided to directly engage Desantis as he continued, “Look, we need leadership from everyone. If some governors aren’t willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it. I say to those governors: Please help, but if you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing.”
Desantis’ response was succinct but touched on all of the necessary arguments. He started with Biden’s hypocrisy on the southern border.
“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. And it’s not just from Mexico. In fact, it’s rarely from Mexico… they’re then farming them out all across our communities across this country, putting them on planes, putting them on buses.”
The Governor then pointed out that while Biden does nothing about the huge influx of disease freely flowing across our border, “His solution is he wants to have the government force kindergarteners to wear masks in school.” From there he went on to re-establish his position on medical freedom.
“Joe Biden also believes that vaccination should be mandated by force of government and that you should have to show vaccination status to be able to participate in society… But we said from the beginning, we’re going to make it available for all, but we’re not going to mandate it on anybody, that’s ultimately an individual’s choice to be able to do it.”
Desantis then briefly touched on the fact that Biden and the rest of the establishment are denying science by pretending that natural immunity for COVID recovered people doesn’t exist. He then finished by taking on Biden’s get out of the way comment directly.
“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. If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m standing in your way, and I’m going to stand up for the kids in Florida. If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way and I’m standing for the people of Florida.”
Liberty-minded people across the nation should take encouragement from this uncompromising and fearless leader in a swing state. If more people start to emulate Ron Desantis, then perhaps there will be more leaders like Ron Desantis and less like Asa Hutchinson, Brad Little, Mike DeWine, and Kay Ivey. In order to, Make America great again, red states need to become red again. Ron Desantis cannot fight this battle alone; He needs everyday citizens to get up and Stand in the way alongside him.