DeSantis responds to Biden’s warning on future lockdowns: ‘That ain’t happening’

In a Thursday night speech, President Joe Biden publicly marked the first anniversary of widespread coronavirus-related shutdowns, and despite touting his belief that Americans will likely enjoy a return to greater normality by July 4, he warned that if vigilance is not maintained, onerous restrictions could be reinstated.

In response to Biden’s cautionary words, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) defiantly pledged to residents of his state, “I can tell ya: that ain’t happening in Florida. We are not going to let him lock down Florida,” as Breitbart reported.

The governor’s words came on the heels of the Biden address in which the president ordered that by May 1, all adults in the United States be made eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but in which he also stated that “this is not the time to let up,” lest a return to more draconian mitigation measures become necessary.

DeSantis’ reaction came during an appearance at a news conference publicizing the establishment of a pop-up vaccination site in Brevard County, where 1,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson jab would be made available for each of the four subsequent days, as the Orlando Sentinel reported.

In slamming Biden’s speech, DeSantis opined, “To even contemplate doing any time of lockdown, honestly it’s insane,” adding:

We like the fact that people are able to work here. We like the fact that we’ve been able to save thousands, thousands of businesses and save people’s livelihoods and we love the fact that parents have the right to send their kid to school in person.

DeSantis has been steadfast in his refusal to reimpose the sort of restrictions that have crippled so many other parts of the country economically, educationally, and otherwise, declaring during his State of the State address earlier this month:

Friends, legislators, Floridians, lend me your ears: We will not let anybody close your schools, we will not let anybody take your jobs and we will not let anybody close your businesses!

As Breitbart reported separately, Florida has fared notably better in recent days with regard to its per capita cases of COVID-19 when compared to states such as New York, where restrictions are far more stringent, a fact made all the more impressive by the state’s status as one of the first to re-engage and re-open its economy.

With speculation already mounting about likely 2024 presidential contenders, DeSantis’ political stock has continued to appreciate within the GOP, due largely to his handling of the pandemic, as The Hill noted. A survey conducted this month revealed that the governor came in a very close second to former Vice President Mike Pence with Republican voters in a hypothetical primary contest that did not include Donald Trump.

Given that DeSantis’ unwavering approach to keeping his state open so closely mirrors the sentiments of millions of Americans who are ready to put COVID lockdowns permanently in the rearview mirror, it is no surprise that his star is indeed on the rise.

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  7. It is difficult to do anything right now. No one is at the Helm of this great Nation. Everything former President Trump did is being quickly “undone” by the Democrats. We have no leader. We have Democrats chiming in with advice they have no background to give. It is sinful and shameful that we are such a great nation and are going down for the “third” time, as if drowning. Former President Trump was doing a fantastic, well thought out job of keeping this country straight and did not allow other country leadership to put us down in any way. It is a tough job but not for a senile, sick man who cannot remember anything and secondly to a Jamaican who knows nothing about leading a country, never led by a South Asian/Jamaican woman who routinely calls herself Black for votes from Blacks. I only wish former President Trump were younger and could take over again. He was doing the best job in the Office of the President we ever had. God Bless America.

  8. DeSantis is the best Governor in the USA, as he understands families hurting because of dementia Biden who just wants power but only supports riots and illegal immigrants and puts America last.

  9. EVERY governor in our United States of America should stand up and do the same as DeSantis has done. It’s about time AMERICANS take back their country. This government issued restrictions over our bodies are NOT American AT ALL,, and our country is no longer the land of the FREE and the Home of the BRAVE. Where are those who will stand up against all these restrictions and live life freely again?????

    ARE we already living in a COMMUNIST nation? Sometimes I think so!!

  10. Wake-up America, run these damn politicians out of office.They have forgotten who they work for,We the people not we the government. Start local and work up .You,me,black yellow red and white we the people can make the difference. Not the damn government that doesn’t give a damn about any of us.

  11. Most of the Red state governors have jelly for backbones. Florida has a governor with a steel backbone. They like Texas need to watch all the people leaving the blue states to move to Florida and Texas. Texas is being run over with people leaving California. Texans tell the newcomers not to California Texas.

  12. When are the American patriots going to get enough of the bull$hit from the G.D, Commiecrat regime in Washington??? The British never tried to perpetrate the vile garbage emanating from the Commie crowd as it is spewed from Washington! These “people” are vile, vile, vile to an organism! Remember Winston Churchill who said: “Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival”.
    “There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves”?
    Do any of you believe the Demoncrats have anything mind for us beside Slavery? Well, YES, I do! That is death to the opposition- That’s US, and that US does not just mean WE!

  13. Govenor DeSantis, thank you so much for being such an amazing Patriot, and not giving in the diabolicol Left. The people of Florida are very lucky.

    Thank you again, Debra Beasley

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