Govt. Ron DeSantis promises state-level action to oppose recent COVID-19 vaccination mandates Of the president Joe biden.
Saying that Biden was “acting outside the Constitution,” DeSantis vowed on Friday that he would also “engage the legislature” to “fight back and offer protections.”
“You can’t just sit there and hope for a successful trial. You have a responsibility to act. And so we will act in the state of Florida to provide protections for the people. People shouldn’t be left out because they are making a medical decision for themselves. They should not lose their jobs. They shouldn’t be unable to put food on the table just because they’ve made a different decision than the powers that be require them to make, ”DeSantis said during an appearance in the North. east of Florida.
DeSantis sees opposition to the vaccine’s mandate as “important far beyond this particular issue”, leading it to ask a rhetorical question.
“If the federal government can get away with it,” DeSantis asked, “what’s going to happen next? “
DeSantis, speaking at a 9/11 celebratory event, presented his resistance to Biden around the military oath he took before his own commission as an officer.
“When I served in the Navy, I can vividly remember being sworn in as a commissioned officer,” DeSantis said in Palm Valley before the remarks commemorating 9/11. “Your number one responsibility was to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. “
“This oath that I took, which many of you took when you served in the military, when you were elected to a position as governor, you take the same oath to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States. ‘State of Florida and the United States. United States, ”DeSantis said, adding that“ sometimes you are called upon to fight for this ”.
“I think the time has come to do it. When you have a president like Biden issuing unconstitutional edicts against the American people, we have a responsibility to defend the Constitution and fight back, ”added DeSantis.
DeSantis returned to this theme later in the day, saying in Holiday that Biden’s action was simply a “hissing fit.”
DeSantis comments offer latest in string of back-and-forth attacks between Governor and White House, with Biden swear twice in 24 hours to undermine the Republican governors who stand in its way, alluding to DeSantis, but not directly mentioning it.
“School officials are trying to protect children from a pandemic while their governor fights with them and even threatens their jobs,” Biden said Thursday, regarding measures like Florida’s to block districts from warrants mask. “Talk about bullying in schools. If these governors don’t help us beat the pandemic, I will use my powers as president to sideline them. “
Florida has pledged to fund school districts in an amount equal to the salaries of school board members in recalcitrant districts, but the US Department of Education will match these funds.