Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis argued on Friday that many leftists will reimpose COVID-19 restrictions after the November midterm election “if they feel they need them.”
DeSantis shared the comments during an Expand American Energy forum on Friday in Doral, Florida.
“The minute those elections are over, they will impose mandates if they feel the need to do that. They will impose restrictions,” DeSantis said.
“And so that will happen. If those types of people are allowed to be put in power, my view on that is, they’ve put Fauci in the witness protection program because he will say, you know, no, you should still wear a mask, and he’s never going to say be normal, go back to normal. So they know that, and they know that that’s not what people want,” DeSantis added.
DeSantis predicted the return of restrictions in the winter of 2022 by blue states.
“There’s nothing wrong if on an individual basis you make a certain calculation. That’s fine. We encourage you to do that. But it’s wrong to mandate people and restrict people, and that will happen. I guarantee you, winter of 2022, any of those folks that are there, you are going to see that happen,” he continued.
“The only way to make sure it doesn’t happen is to have nice, big, red wave. So, we’ll see,” he added.
The strong words follow comments by DeSantis on Wednesday that declared an end to the pandemic theater for this state, saying, “There is no place in Florida for COVID theater.”
DeSantis shared the words alongside a video clip from a panel he spoke at on Monday with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo and other medical experts to close the curtain on coronavirus restrictions.
There is no place in Florida for COVID theater.
These experts agree – no masking, no mandates and no medical censorship. pic.twitter.com/Vx27FxSCNj
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 9, 2022
“Over the past two years, the data has shown us what works and what doesn’t work. It is long past time to stop the COVID Theater,” DeSantis said.
“In Florida, we told the truth, we let the data drive our response, and we let Floridians make decisions for themselves and their children. As a result, Florida is in a better spot than states who used fear mongering and mandates,” he added.
Earlier in the month, DeSantis made headlines for a video released that said Florida’s surgeon general has put out new guidance for Florida workers to provide freedom from mask requirements.
“Simply relying on outdated CDC guidance when the experience has completely undercut that is not really a reasonable thing to do at this point,” DeSantis said in a Tuesday video on Twitter.
“A 9 to 5 job should not be a N-95 job,” the governor added.
Florida businesses need to stop relying on outdated CDC forced masking of worker requirements. @FLSurgeonGen Ladapo has put out new guidance for Florida workers liberating them from 8 hour forced mask workdays.
A 9 to 5 job should not be a N-95 job. pic.twitter.com/QeLo2hUfJk
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 2, 2022
The Daily Wire previously reported:
DeSantis spoke specifically on behalf of workers in the service and hospitality industries.
“Every time I go to these places, I’ll be in these big events and you have all these people having such a good time and the poor servers are forced to mask and I will ask them, ‘Are you allowed to take the mask off?’ They say not yet,” he shared.
“They’re all waiting for it. They all want to be liberated. They want to be treated normally,” DeSantis added.
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