On Sunday, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis pushed back on the Biden administration’s attempts to strip Americans of their freedoms under the guise of protecting the public from COVID-19.
DeSantis appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo to discuss a range of issues related to COVID-19.
Bartiromo noted the idea that “fully-vaccinated” might soon mean two shots plus a booster, citing what Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, and asked DeSantis if he had received a booster.
DeSantis responded by saying that he “did the normal shot” and that it’s “people’s individual decisions about what they want to do.”
After speaking about Florida’s ban on vaccine passports, the governor slammed the notion that individuals who are vaccinated could, in the near future, no longer be considered vaccinated if they haven’t gotten the booster.
“But one of the reasons why we took those steps is because we knew the definition of vaccination would be a shifting target. And I predicted this a month and a half ago, and people said that I was wrong, and now we’re starting to see it come to fruition. So, there’s gonna be people who’ve done maybe two Pfizer shots who are not doing [the] booster, and they could be considered in certain parts of the country to be unvaccinated, and then denied the ability to participate in society like everybody else.”
DeSantis added, “It’s gone way, way too far, and that is a decision that people should make for themselves, but they should not have their rights, freedoms, or liberties restricted based on these boosters.”
During the segment, Bartiromo also spoke with DeSantis about the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals dissolving the stay on the Biden administration’s vaccine and test mandate for private employers.
“…an appeals court on Friday allowed President Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers to take effect as New York and California are reimposing these mask mandates,” Bartiromo said. “It looks like this is going to the Supreme Court.”
DeSantis responded, saying that he thought the 6th Circuit made a “terrible decision.”
“I do think we’re going to get positive relief from the U.S. Supreme Court on that,” the governor stated. “But Maria, what we did in Florida is we didn’t leave it to chance. We passed substantive protections in a special session for Floridians so that they are able to have generous ability to opt out of these types of mandates.”
DeSantis continued, noting the importance of winning the case at the Supreme Court, “…it’s important from a legal and constitutional matter that something like the OSHA mandate not be allowed to stand. They reached back decades, found some statute, and are using that to force vaccinations. That’s never been done in the history of our country. And so, I think it’s a massive expansion of federal power that goes beyond the Constitution. So, we absolutely need to win that case at the Supreme Court.”
Author: Reeves Gordon