DeSantis, Dishonesty, Or Trump, A Tried & True Peoples Warrior? You Decide!
In January of 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis sat for an interview on the podcast Ruthless where he insinuated (and bear in mind that at the onset of what was an unprecedented Global Pandemic Lockdown in early 2020 due to the deadly virus, SARS-CoV-2 also referred to as COVID-19, which is strongly suspected of having been a gain-of-function virus that was engineered in and likely leaked from a lab in Wuhan China, which as a consequence, killed upwards of almost eight million worldwide), that he, unlike Trump and similarly, I would assume, unlike the other 197 world leaders who also locked down their respective countries, that he, would not have called for a national lockdown of America!
What an absurd, easy-to-say two-years-after-the-fact, sort of grandiose beating of his chest “I know better,” contrived contention to make without any logic or reasoning. A contention that I’m sure was also almost certainly meant as a political shot across the bow at President Trump in denigration of his response to covid-19, the virus that took the lives of approximately 1.1 Million Americans and almost 87 thousand Floridians, which, by the way, made Florida the state with the 3rd largest number of deaths from covid in our 50-state union, with a daily average rate of 40 deaths per 100,000, compared to say its neighboring state, Georgia, with a daily average rate of 14 deaths per 100,000.
When you drown out all the political noise and bloviating, take a look at the actual numbers, and do the math, you soon realize that Ron DeSantis isn’t in any position to throw stones or cast false or misleading aspersions in judgment of President Trump's response to covid, a response that, I’m sure, would be far too heavy and serious a burden for any normal human being to carry, but a response nonetheless that President Trump and most other world leaders faced head-on and shouldered with tremendous strength and resolve.
The truth is, as we all know, that is, if people are being honest with themselves, President Trump made it abundantly clear a plethora of times throughout 2020, if not every other day during what was the first year of the pandemic and his last year in office, that he did not want lockdowns, but, understandably so, felt he had no other choice in the matter because his first responsibility as President Of The United States was not to gamble with and play political dodgeball with our lives, but, to the best of his ability, protect and preserve the lives of all Americans, because it wasn’t about him or his political ambitions, or trying to get one up on other politicians, it was about us, ordinary every day Americans; and so you see, anything less than what President Trump did at that juncture, given the overwhelming circumstances and innumerable copious unknowns, would have been utterly negligent, and quite frankly, also a dereliction of duty because at the time nobody knew or could predict who this virus would kill, where it would strike, and what it would destroy!
DeSantis’s all-knowing “Ruthless” claptrap critique didn’t just stop there; in addition to tooting his own horn and taking the sort of typical career politician Janus-faced dubious potshots at Trump that one would generally expect to hear on an election campaign trail, DeSantis also proceeded to, or at least attempted to, take credit for other decisions and measures Trump employed to preserve life and protect Americans during covid, like for example, the Pandemic Travel-Ban from China in mid-March 2020, where DeSantis ostentatiously indicated that it was he who, allegedly, told Trump to “stop the flights from China!” Which, to me, is a peculiar thing to say, especially after DeSantis had permitted foreign cruise ships holding ailing coronavirus passengers to not only dock but also to unload in Florida after several countries had already turned them away for the sake and safety of their citizens, and ironically, within days of Trump's travel ban from China! Explain that oxymoronic juxtaposition!
So what did DeSantis know that everyone else didn’t? Why did he sound off on a conservative podcast, saying his only regret was that he didn’t object to Trump's call for a
National lockdown? Was he inebriated, drunk on his newfound political notoriety, which then caused him to talk out of both sides of his mouth? Or was he following the advice of his establishment neocon backers Paul Ryan, Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, and other rinos? Am I missing something here? Because on April 1st, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a Statewide stay-at-home lockdown order for the entire State of Florida, too.
It wasn’t merely President Trump who issued a “15 Days to Slow the Spread” guideline; practically all 197 world leaders peppered across and within planet earths four hemispheres did too, because, like Trump, they also felt compelled to do so out of an abundance of caution for the safety, lives, health, and well-being of their fellow countrymen, which is why I assume, Ron DeSantis also handed down a lockdown order for the State of Florida. And so, between this obvious esoteric bit of hindsight bullshit, cloaked as some sort of intuitive insight or second instinct, but truth be told, a conscious lie, and the actual covid measures DeSantis enacted, that he is pretending he didn't, but in actuality did, and where irony and his hypocrisy muddle together, my question becomes, why then is DeSantis, who, by the way, happens to be the only politician who’s been “conspicuously evasive” about whether or not he got the vaccine booster, now blasting Trump over calling for a national lockdown when, in fact, he too issued one for the State of Florida? Well, the answer is quite simple, politics, political games, chicanery, lies, and the 2024 Presidential Campaign, of course!
And while DeSantis is now touring the country claiming that Florida was open for business without restrictions throughout the pandemic, which, as you can all see, read and, I hope, conclude from his stay-at-home order that is utterly false, erroneous, and in layman’s terms, it's called a lie, not only did DeSantis issue a lockdown order, but he also gave local authorities significant power and leverage to continue to impose their own restrictions. What’s more, he wasn’t the first Governor in the country to revoke his order either; in fact, Georgia and a few other states rescinded their stay-at-home orders before Florida, and in point of fact, DeSantis actually rolled his back in Phases.
What’s more, and not to put too fine a point on it, Kristi Noem, the Governor of South Dakota Dakota, was the only United States Governor who never actually issued a stay-at-home lockdown order, not Ron DeSantis, even though many are now under the illusion that he was. Furthermore, Schools in all 50 states, including Florida, closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, and not all states except for Florida. Nor was Florida the only state to reopen schools at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year either, despite DeSantis’s claims to the contrary; schools in Florida began unlocking their doors starting August 10th, 2020, while Schools in Georgia, and several other Republican states began to reopen their classrooms on August 7th, 2020, giving parents and students the option of in-person or online learning, and, in fact, President Trump even tweeted on July 6th, 2020 that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” Indeed, my family and I moved from New York to Georgia during the summer of 2020, and I can say with absolute confidence that pretty much everything was open for business.