Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party.
He doesn’t run from big political fights.
And Ron DeSantis said three words that sent Democrats into a hysterical rage.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic catapulted him into the national spotlight and turned him into a rising conservative star.
DeSantis embraced freedom and kept the state open during most of the pandemic.
While many Blue states are still struggling to recover from the devastation of the lockdowns, Florida is in the midst of a historic economic boom.
In an interview with The Florida Standard, DeSantis took a well-deserved victory lap for successfully navigating Florida through the pandemic.
In the midst of the lockdown frenzy around the country, DeSantis said that Florida became “America’s West Berlin.”
West Berlin was an oasis of freedom surrounded by the brutally repressive East German communist government.
“During COVID, when people would come in from California or New York, they would say that it was like being in a different country,” DeSantis said.
Florida rejected lockdowns and mask mandates and gave people the freedom to make their own decisions.
“We really served as America’s West Berlin in so many respects that if they could just get out of where they were, they could just get to Florida,” DeSantis said. “Not only would they be free, but they would be happy.”
“And that’s the number one thing I think people would say when they came here, like people in Florida are happy and they’re not, weren’t used to that because they really ground society down,” DeSantis said about the pandemic restrictions.
While most of the country was locked down, the tourism industry in Florida took off, setting a state record for the number of visitors.
“And I think one of the reasons we did what we did in terms of keeping people employed, businesses and all that was like, yes, if businesses on some downtown are all shuttered, that has an economic impact for sure, but I recognize that is a psychological impact, even if you have no connection to that, to just see that it drags everybody down and it creates a malaise,” DeSantis explained. “And so we did the opposite, you know, to really kind of lift people up, give them an opportunity to pursue – pursue happiness here and pursue their dreams.”
The pandemic made Florida synonymous with freedom under Ron DeSantis’ leadership.
“People in the state have never been more proud to be from Florida than they are now,” DeSantis noted.
Ron DeSantis stood up for freedom.
His pro-freedom policies turned Florida into a red-hot travel destination and made him a rising conservative star.
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