In a wide-ranging speech at a dinner hosted by the Heritage Foundation, Florida GOP governor Ron DeSantis took aim at President Biden and other “elites” in Washington D.C., declaring of Biden’s vaccine mandate, “This is fundamentally about an abuse of federal power and unconstitutional use of the federal government. … If the federal government can get away with this, they’re going to get away with a lot more,” adding, “There’s a uni-party in Washington, D.C., and they look out for themselves more than the rest of the American people” and “Nobody’s ever held accountable. If you’re in the club in D.C., there’s no accountability. How the hell else does Fauci still have a job?”
“While other states kept locking people down, Florida kept lifting people up. We did not sub-contract out leadership to Dr. Fauci,” DeSantis asserted. “I resolved in the state of Florida, we would be a free state; we would not allow our state to descend into a Faucian dystopia in which people’s freedoms were curtailed and their livelihoods were ruined”.
“In September, the U.S. reported about 194,000 new jobs nationwide; Florida’s share of that was 84,500 jobs,” DeSantis pointed out. He promised to try and get legislation enacted which would create an Election, Crimes and Integrity unit to protect against election violations.
He also noted, “We’ll be holding a special session of the Florida legislature next week to make sure that in the state of Florida, nobody has to choose between the jab and their job.”
Speaking of Biden’s vaccine mandate, he opined, “This is absolutely destroying the social fabric in our country. This is causing people to never trust any of these folks ever again. … In reality, what Biden is doing is not even about the vaccines — the vaccines are maybe the issue that’s causing this to come to the fore — but this is fundamentally about an abuse of federal power and unconstitutional use of the federal government. … If the federal government can get away with this, they’re going to get away with a lot more. Next year, maybe it’s something you care about or two years from now. So it’s important that we take a stand; it’s important that we say no. No mandates, no restrictions, we’re not going to let you take away our freedoms.”
DeSantis said that for the first time in history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats in the state of Florida.
Then he targeted the D.C. elites:
Biden really represents potentially the culmination of—or, I mean, hopefully, the coup de grâce of—this entrenched political class that has really ruined a lot about our country over the last generation. And it’s not limited to just Democrats. There’s a uni-party in Washington, D.C., and they look out for themselves more than the rest of the American people. …
Our ruling class doesn’t think [there’s] anything distinctive about American citizenship. That’s why they would consider paying reparations to people that came across our border illegally, because they think people have a right to come, regardless of the laws and Constitution of the United States. …
These elites have done more than anybody to facilitate the rise of China. The fact of the matter is had they not done most-favored nation and all this stuff for China, China would be much weaker today. The U.S. ruling class has been China’s best friend, and now we look at them as by far our most significant adversary. … You look at the next three years what China’s going to do? They watch Biden floundering around; these people are really tough. They’re going to make sure that they exact a huge amount of price based on Biden’s failures, and that is not just Biden. That’s a whole cadre of these elites. And the thing is, nobody’s ever held accountable. If you’re in the club in D.C., there’s no accountability. How the hell else does Fauci still have a job?