President Biden took a swipe at certain Republican leaders, saying they are signing directives that restrict people from doing the right thing. Biden believes mandates are the answer to the spike in new coronavirus infections, due to the highly virulent delta strain.
Biden says he implores these leaders to assist. If they are not willing to help, at the very least stay out of the way of those who are attempting to do the right thing, the president implored.
Ron DeSantis Hits Back
Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, retaliated. He told the president during a press conference, Why don’t you go ahead and do your job? Why not protect the U.S.-Mexico border? Until you do, I wouldn’t want to hear another word on COVID from you.
Those would be the initial salvos in a rhetorical brawl between both the two lawmakers that spanned the entire week.
While Biden & Dem leadership are discussing new COVID restrictions like more lockdowns, mandates & school closures, the elites in their party are having birthday parties that are visible from space.
The hypocrisy is astounding.
Don’t let these people ever lock you down again. https://t.co/f9m02hTVa5
— Sean Parnell (@SeanParnellUSA) August 8, 2021
The back and forth with Biden has a clear electoral benefit for DeSantis, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2024; it only boosts his reputation among GOP base supporters who will vote in the next Republican presidential primary election.
Thinking forwards to 2024 is smart politics for Gov. DeSantis; that’s according to Jim Merrill, a prominent GOP strategist based in New Hampshire who has worked on multiple Republican presidential elections.
DeSantis, a Republican who was tightly elected governor of Florida in 2018 with the assistance of then-President Trump, has already seen his notoriety skyrocket among Republicans in Florida and across the country; that is partially due to his adamant opposition to COVID restrictions during the pandemic. As a result, talk regarding possible national aspirations has grown.
Study: Lockdowns Successfully Exchanged COVID Deaths For Other Kinds Of Deathshttps://t.co/apY30SeJ41
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) August 7, 2021
His campaign staff began selling goods targeting White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become an epidemic hero for many, but is disliked by many Republicans.
After signing a bill a week and a half later prohibiting public schools in Florida from requiring children and school personnel to wear masks in the wake of the latest COVID outbreak, DeSantis drew the administration’s fury.
According to new research in Florida, mask requirements in public schools, that are set to begin in the days ahead, are acceptable among liberals and independents, but a vast number of conservatives hate them.
Biden Responded by Insulting DeSantis
After Biden replied to the initial wave of DeSantis criticism by asking, “Governor who?,” Florida’s governor responded the very next day. DeSantis said he is the governor who defends families and their authority to make the best educational decisions for their children.
DeSantis reminded that he e is the governor who defends Florida employment, education, and companies by refusing to allow the government to lock people up.
Lockdowns don’t work. They kill. Restrictions only hurt humans, not Covid. https://t.co/ed1E9icjFf
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) August 8, 2021
DeSantis must first deal with his state’s significant increase in COVID cases before facing a possibly difficult reelection campaign next year; however, such comments will only boost the governor’s impact in the eyes of many conservative primary election supporters.
DeSantis, who graduated with a degree from Harvard Law School and served in the Navy as a JAG specialist, is currently ranked second in the poll of possible 2024 Republican contenders.