Reacting to speculation that President Joe Biden may implement travel restrictions on Florida residents, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that his administration would not sit idly by and allow the Sunshine State to be attacked by a rogue Democrat in Washington.
Earlier in the day, McClatchy reported on the story, saying, “The Biden administration is considering whether to impose domestic travel restrictions, including on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic.”
In a Port Charlotte press conference, DeSantis made it clear that he would view such a move as an attack on Florida.
“People have asked me about, there was some type of report about potential travel restrictions on Americans and on Floridians, and I think it’s an absurd report that they would be doing that; I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust,” DeSantis said. “If you think about it, restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous, but very damaging farce. So we will oppose it 100%; it would not be based in science; it would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida.”
The governor noted that it was outlandish to even think of initiating a restriction like that considering how well Florida is doing in terms of keeping the virus numbers down.
“It’s unclear why they would even try talking about that; just look at the COVID situation in the state of Florida — so since December, the last couple months, Florida’s cases per capita compared to the rest of the country: 28th. 27 other states higher per capita cases, and for the entire pandemic, it’s a similar story. Hospitalizations per capita over this time period, Florida ranks 30th. 29 other states have higher per capita hospitalizations,” he said.
“All you have to do, too, is just look at some of the trends. ED visits for COVID-like illness is down 60% in Florida over the last 30 days,” he continued. “That’s the number one indicator for COVID spread. Hospitalized patients are down about 35% in Florida statewide over the last three weeks. And don’t forget, over the winter, Florida peaked at much less level than we did over the summer months. And we were way less per capita than a lot of lockdown states that are always cited as being ‘the right way to do it.’”
The governor concluded: “Any attempt to restrict or lock down Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes.”
If Trump decides for whatever reason not to run again in 2024, this guy needs to give serious thought to taking up the mantle.