Within the video recorded on Could 20, DeSantis could be heard berating reporters and bragging repeatedly about how his state shouldn’t be like New York. “… you bought lots of people in your occupation who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be identical to New York,” stated DeSantis. “Wait two weeks and Florida’s going to be subsequent identical to Italy, wait two weeks. Nicely hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t occurred.” DeSantis carried on, declaring that folks simply didn’t wish to admit that he’s been so profitable in holding off the illness. “I feel that folks simply don’t wish to acknowledge it as a result of it challenges their narrative,” stated Mr. reopening. “It challenges their assumption in order that they gotta attempt to discover a boogie man. Possibly it’s that there are black helicopters circling the division of well being, in case you consider that, I obtained a bridge in Brooklyn I’d prefer to promote you.”
DeSantis’ sneering at New York, and the media, and medical specialists goes on for a while, and his crowing threatens to make roosters jealous. However there’s something to be realized from evaluating his state with New York.
The day when DeSantis was bursting open his shirt along with his inflated chest wasn’t even three weeks after the tip of the state’s keep at house order. It was additionally on the identical day that DeSantis allowed Disney World to start reopening, and two days earlier than DeSantis advised summer time camps and youth organizations to only go on as they happy, with out restrictions. Simply as with Greg Abbott in Texas, DeSantis both didn’t acknowledge, or didn’t wish to acknowledge, that reactions to modifications in rules didn’t immediately seem on the subsequent day’s case charts. The day by which he dismissed the issues of reporters and medical specialists alike was nonetheless solidly within the shadow of safety generated by the state’s too-brief stay-at-home order. DeSantis may as effectively have been bragging about how effectively he dealt with a hurricane earlier than the storm arrived.
The final week in Florida has matched—and exceeded—the climb that New York made in the course of March. The exponential rise in circumstances is brutal, and regardless of a decrease case fatality fee following months of higher studying how one can deal with this illness and a decrease common age of these contaminated, these numbers can’t assist however sign a coming rise in one other column of Florida’s grim statistics. The one labelled “deaths.”
What’s taking place to Florida is a warning to different states, together with New York. The discount in transmission charges generated by stay-at-home orders is actual, and could also be unmatchable by different means till a vaccine is out there. A 100% masks mandate might present an identical impact, however solely whether it is rigidly enforced.
In any case, different governors may wish to examine their mouths on the door, earlier than they’re caught being a confirmed murderous asswipe, like Ron DeSantis.
Right here was Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a month in the past puffing out his chest about ‘efficiently’ ignoring public well being specialists. pic.twitter.com/f2epgxe4lI
— Matt Rogers Ã°ÂÂÂÃ¯Â¸Â (@Politidope) June 26, 2020