Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis defended his track record in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that if he did not resist the federal government’s continued excesses, the United States as a whole would be as severely locked up and economically depressed as Canada. .
As Florida returns to normal with sporting events returning to full capacity, DeSantis reminded “Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin that the state’s children have benefited from in-person learning. throughout the last school year.
“You have so many threats to freedom these days. And what we do is basically ‘Katie bars the door’ to protect Floridians and to protect their freedoms and opportunities. And you see it in a number of different ways, ”said DeSantis, who himself recently topped former President Donald Trump in a 2024 forward-looking poll of Conservatives.
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Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed his policy by keeping the Canada-U.S. Border closed to most traffic outside of commercial activities for at least a month. Much of Canada is still under economic lockdown.
“We were the main state fighting the coronavirus lockdowns,” DeSantis said. “I think if Florida hadn’t done that you would see that the other states would have followed Canada, for example, [which] is still locked up. “
DeSantis claimed that if he hadn’t continued to stand up to the Biden administration and federal health bureaucrats from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, other states in the United States would not have that. lead to follow.
He speculated that US bureaucrats were hoping for a more Canadian environment for 2021 and beyond.
“I think that’s what a lot of these bureaucrats wanted to see in America. And we made sure we took a different direction, ”he said. He went on to note how his decision to ban vaccine passports and win in federal court against the CDC over their restrictions will allow the cruise industry to operate this summer.
“They didn’t have the power to do it. All these experts said, “Oh, you just have to do what the CDC says,” he added.
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Later in the interview, DeSantis discussed the danger of critical race theory being taught in schools.
“As soon as we started to see this spreading across the country, I immediately said, ‘we are teaching the Constitution.’ We will be teaching American Civics and American History. And we don’t have room for ideologies like critical racial theory based on false premises, ”DeSantis said. “People are happy that we are doing this because most parents don’t want their kids to be brainwashed with a lot of these ideologies. “