‘It’s wrong’: Gov. DeSantis rails against proposed mandates, lockdowns

Some progressive officials are calling for new lockdown measures amid the outbreak of a new COVID-19 variant, but at least one prominent Republican is already pushing back.

According to Fox News, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that he will not be imposing shutdowns or mandates on residents of his state despite the emergence of the omicron variant.

“And in Florida, we won’t let them lock you down,” he said. “We won’t let them restrict you. We’re not going to let them impose mandates. We’re not going to let them close schools. We are going to protect your freedom to make your decisions.”

“It’s wrong”

Going on to reference chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci, the governor disputed the supposed justification for such extreme restrictions.

“I have no problem if somebody is — if they’re scared of omicron and they want to lock down or they want to isolate, that is absolutely their decision in a free society,” DeSantis said, according to Breitbart. “But you don’t impose Faucism on the whole country or on the whole state. It’s wrong.”

Meanwhile, Florida health officials confirmed that they have identified the first “presumptive case” of the variant in the state.

Omicron has been labeled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, though early reports seem to indicate that the severity of this highly transmissible variant might be lower than its predecessors.

DeSantis dismisses leftist proposals

Despite those promising early studies, many Democrats appear poised to use the omicron variant as another excuse to impose lockdowns and mandates on their own constituents.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, for example, cited the variant as a rationalization for a new vaccine mandate for all private employees.

In addition to adults, the outgoing mayor is requiring eligible children to prove their vaccination status before being allowed to enter certain entertainment and dining establishments.

For his part, DeSantis appeared determined to state his opposition to such sweeping measures.

The Florida Republican has consistently opposed restrictive COVID-19 mandates, withstanding harsh criticism from the left as a result. Nevertheless, his state seems to be faring better than most others in the long run as several Democratic-led states deal with a spike in cases not immediately seen in Florida.

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