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CNN Caves and Admits Ron DeSantis’ Decision to Keep State Open Was the Right Call


Score against the tyrannical pro-lockdown crowd.

Despite the Fake News claiming for months that lockdown-heavy states such as New York & California did things the “right way” and Florida remaining open was a horrific decision, the critics are finally conceding that they’re a bunch of liars.

And a quick look at the statistics proves that Florida has fared much better than these liberal, pro-lockdown wastelands.

At the time of writing, the two leading states in deaths per capita remain New Jersey and New York.

Florida is 27th.

Not to mention, Florida has a higher percentage of elderly citizens.

And with a flourishing economy, Florida is better set for the long-run than Democrat-controlled, pro-lockdown states.

Here’s more:

Here’s Fake News CNN themselves:

After a year of criticism by health experts, mockery from comedians and blistering critiques from political rivals, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is standing unabashedly tall among the nation’s governors on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

“Everyone told me I was wrong,” DeSantis, a Republican, said in a fundraising appeal on Tuesday, drawing attention to his defiance against the pandemic. “I faced continued pressure from radical Democrats and the liberal media, but I refused to back down. It’s clear: Florida got it right.”
As many parts of the country embark on an uneasy march toward normalcy, Florida is not only back in business — it’s been in business for the better part of the past year. DeSantis’ gamble to take a laissez faire approach appears to be paying off — at least politically, at least for now, as other governors capturing attention in the opening phase of the pandemic now face steeper challenges.
Despite far fewer rules and restrictions, Florida lands nearly in the middle of all states on a variety of coronavirus metrics. The state has had about 3% more Covid-19 cases per capita than the US overall, but about 8% fewer deaths per capita. More than 32,000 Floridians have died of Covid-19, and the state’s per capita death rate ranks 24th in the nation.
“Those lockdowns have not worked. They’ve done great damage to our country,” DeSantis said Tuesday at a news conference in Tallahassee. “We can never let something like this happen again. Florida took a different path. We’ve had more success as a result.”
DeSantis — who, at 42, is the nation’s youngest governor — is standing out among his peers and seizing upon what he and his supporters believe is a vindication for their policies.
Lockdowns and school openings are suddenly a new measure for voters to hold governors and other elected officials accountable, a sign that the politics of the pandemic could open an uncertain chapter for many holding public office. He will be among the governors putting his record to the test when he runs for re-election next year.
“We still have millions of kids across this country who are denied access to in-person education,” DeSantis said at the news conference. “We still have businesses closed in many parts of this country. We have millions and millions of lives destroyed.”
Washington Examiner added these comments:

If you blinked while watching CNN this morning, you might have missed it, but the cable news outlet has finally come around to admitting what so many of us have known for months: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican (AHHH!!), was right.

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny went to Florida, no doubt on a mission to see just how badly DeSantis was screwing up. He was left with no choice but to report a segment Wednesday with the truth. Florida, all things considered, is a model state for how we should have handled the coronavirus pandemic from the start.

“The governor’s gamble to take a laissez-faire approach to coronavirus appears to be paying off,” said Zeleny. “At least politically. At least for now.”

He added that DeSantis’s governing was “getting a second look” and that his “standing is stronger than other governors across the country,” even noting that his state’s virus-related death rate is much better than Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York and that his state’s economy is significantly better off than heavily locked down California. Despite the fact that Florida remained mostly open, California’s coronavirus death rate is only 6% lower. Meanwhile, its unemployment rate (9.0%) is almost twice as high as Florida’s (4.8%).

Still, it bears noting that DeSantis did not take a “laissez-faire approach” to the pandemic. It’s just that he didn’t put his state’s citizens in a chokehold. The DeSantis administration did take action in some important areas, using “the science” to target who exactly needed the most protection (the elderly). Meanwhile, he simply encouraged everyone else to carefully monitor their own individual risk levels. Unlike Cuomo, DeSantis did not mandate that infected patients be admitted to nursing homes.

DeSantis refused to shut down the state’s biggest public spaces, its beaches, on the understanding that this was one of the few places people could go while easily distancing from others. He also made sure the state’s schools opened in the fall and stayed open — something “the science” has said all along is safe.

Endlessly frustrating for liberals and the media was DeSantis’s reluctance to institute indefinite statewide mask orders and restrictions on businesses. It was supposedly “anti-science” to consider that governing a state or even a country through a pandemic might also mean weighing the costs of a severely restrictive policy designed to slow the spread of a virus that’s harmless for the vast majority of people who contract it. When you force businesses to shut down, throwing untold numbers of people out of work and preventing many necessary activities such as health checkups, it hurts people in different but equal ways that a virus does.

Democrats such as Cuomo, Newsom, and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan were lauded by the media for closing hair salons and bars, in many cases permanently ending the lifelong dreams of many of their own residents. DeSantis determined that the cost for that was too high.

Props to Governor DeSantis for sticking to his guns and not becoming a total tyrant against Floridians.


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