During an interview on Sunday with Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted the Biden Administration for their terrible handling of the crisis on the southern border, going as far to call it “intentional.”
The Biden administration “created this crisis. … I think that this is intentional. I think this is ideological,” the Florida governor said during the interview.
DeSantis explained that the new COVID relief package rewards poorly run Democratic states who completely demolished their own economies while states like Florida get nothing after they maintained their strong economies. “It’s effectively a transfer of money from states like Florida and Georgia to states like New York, Illinois, and California. It stinks to high heaven.”
“We’re targeting local governments,” the Florida Governor said while explaining how his state will combat widespread looting and rioting. “If they try to … indulge in these kinds of insane fantasies like defunding law enforcement, the state will take action and defund them as municipalities. … Anybody that wears a uniform, don’t have any doubt: the state of Florida stands with you.”
DeSantis said of the border crisis: “Well, it obviously is a disastrous change in policy, Judge. If you look, Donald Trump had obviously the wall, which we all supported, but also safe third-party agreements, as well as ‘Remain in Mexico.’ And guess what happened? The border was under control. So they’ve gone back on those policies, and they’ve created this crisis. But I think that this is intentional. I think this is ideological. I think that they’re getting bit by this, politically now. But I think that this was something that they absolutely anticipated.”
“So it’s a disastrous way to start an administration,” he said. “I think most of the American people are going to be strongly opposed to this, and hopefully they’ll reverse course. You know, in Florida, though, we’re ready. When I became governor, we banned sanctuary cities, and we also did E-Verify. And so that’s not going to work in Florida, and hopefully we can do those policies nationwide at some point. But there, Biden is going in the absolute wrong direction. Trump had it right at the border; Biden’s got it wrong.”
Pirro chimed in, comparing DeSantis’ job to that of Democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s job in New York, asking, “You got it right. How did you do it?”
“Well, Judge, we just tried to look at the whole society. We wanted to look out for everybody,” DeSantis responded. “We viewed this as a virus that was particularly dangerous for elderly people but not as dangerous for younger people, so we did the opposite on nursing homes: we banned hospitals from sending infected patients to nursing homes. We also did things like prioritize our seniors for vaccinations. But we had kids in school; it’s very important that they have the opportunity to go to school in person. We also saved the economy from collapse; our unemployment rate right now is 4.9 %. So we did all those things even with one of the most elderly populations in the country and our per capita COVID mortality is less than the national average and far less than lockdown states like New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.”
On the topic of the COVID relief package that strongly benefits poorly ran blue states, DeSantis said, “Exactly. We are getting penalized by about $2 billion because we have low unemployment, because we saved the economy, because also we have lower COVID mortality than a lot of these lockdown states. So what this bill does is say, ‘If you locked down, if you destroyed your state; if you destroyed your economy, and you failed to stop COVID as well, you’re going to get a windfall.’ Some of these lockdown states are getting an extra billion, two billion, three billion dollars, so it’s effectively a transfer of money from states like Florida and Georgia to states like New York, Illinois, and California. It stinks to high heaven.”
Pirro commented on the rioting in Portland.
DeSantis responded: “Not only that Judge; we’re targeting local governments. If they try to … indulge in these kinds of insane fantasies like defunding law enforcement, the state will take action and defund them as municipalities. And also, if you’re involved in rioting or looting or any of this: you’re going to jail. You want to talk about bail? We’re obviously not going to eliminate bail like these crazy states will do, but if you’re involved in a violent assembly, you’re not getting bail. You gotta stay in bail until you go in front of a judge, and I think that that is going to be a good disincentive.”
He finished, “But as we look forward, I think you’re going to see more of this around the country and we’re setting a marker down in Florida. We’re not tolerating it, and anybody that wears a uniform, don’t have any doubt: the state of Florida stands with you.”
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