Watching what’s going on in Florida during the governorship of Ron DeSantis forces me to ask: who could vote for this man?
DeSantis’s record speaks for itself. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Florida, DeSantis has resisted imposing restrictions such as face mask mandates, stay-at-home orders, and vaccination requirements. In May 2021, he signed into law a bill that prohibited businesses, schools, cruise ships, and government entities from requiring proof of vaccination.
One result: by autumn 2021, Florida had had more deaths than any other state during the Delta variant spike, and altogether over 58,000 people in the state died from the virus.
Things got worse in 2022: by September, Florida had logged, for the third month in a row, more COVID-19 deaths than anywhere else in America. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Florida’s COVID death toll grew by 1,614 people in August. Many, perhaps most, of these deaths could have been avoided by vaccines, face masks, and other precautions which DeSantis refused to approve.
More next time.