Ron DeSantis Says COVID Was A ‘Woke’ Virus Because ‘Experts’ Said It Was ‘Okay’ For Black Lives Matter To Come Out And Protest The Police, But It Was Wrong To Demonstrate Against The Lockdowns
- “They said it’s okay to protest with BLM, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to protest lockdowns or other things,” DeSantis noted of the hypocrisy.
- The Florida governor joked that this means COVID-19 must be a ‘woke’ virus
- It came during a press conference marking the third anniversary of the start of the ‘two weeks to slow the spread’ model.
Ron DeSantis joked that COVID must be a “woke” virus because the Democrats thought it would not spread to Black Lives Matter protesters during the summer of 2020, but would affect anti-lockdown protesters.
The Florida governor’s favorite word is ‘wake up,’ and he uses it to describe just about everything he disagrees with that comes from progressive lawmakers, politicians and corporations.
During a press conference marking the three-year anniversary of the start of “two weeks to stop the spread,” DeSantis criticized the lockdowns, Dr. Anthony Fauci, selective rules and multiple aid packages that led to the current financial crisis.
Just months after the coronavirus pandemic swept the US, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters took to the streets following the police killing of George Floyd.
DeSantis pointed out the hypocrisy in the app when BLM protesters weren’t punished for gathering in large masses during shutdowns, but others were.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joked Thursday that COVID-19 must be a “woke” virus because liberals thought it was okay for large groups of BLM protesters to gather during the pandemic, but not anti-lockdown protesters. .
“Even if they gathered hundreds or thousands of people, it was fine. They actually wrote a letter saying this,” DeSantis said at his briefing Thursday in Winter Haven, Florida, along with state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo.
The potential 2024 presidential candidate added: “And in the same letter they said it’s okay to protest with BLM, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to protest lockdowns or other things you may (oppose).”
“So, presumably it was a virus awakened,” the Florida governor said to laughter and applause from the crowd as he stood behind a podium holding a sign reading “3 years to slow the spread.”
DeSantis’s comments were intended to suggest that the virus could somehow distinguish between those protesting against the police, as liberals felt public discourse was fine, and those protesting lockdowns.
At the same time as these protests took place, the activities of public groups also remained heavily regulated, such as eating out at restaurants or going to concerts.
Thursday’s press conference marked three years with some sort of COVID-related restrictions still in place in certain areas of the country.
DeSantis has yet to announce a 2024 run for president, but his recent touring of the country and growing criticism of the current administration have raised the ears of those who closely follow the primary race.
The ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ model was first introduced on March 16, 2020 when President Donald Trump was still in office. The proposal was intended to be a two-week period in which all businesses closed and people stayed home unless they went out to buy food to seek emergency care in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a full-blown health crisis.
Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in large, often close groups to protest police in the US after an officer killed George Floyd on video in 2020. They were not stopped from organizing early in the pandemic despite strict lockdowns due to public health. emergency
Those protesting mask mandates and lockdowns were not treated with the same grace as BLM protesters and would face roadblocks trying to gather during the pandemic.
In that two-week period, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported approximately 4,000 deaths related to the COVID-19 virus. This means that people with pneumonia and flu and other illnesses who also tested positive for coronavirus were included in this category.
It turned out that the first strain of COVID-19 was highly contagious, but more dangerous for people with comorbidities, such as obesity or other illnesses, and the elderly.
The two weeks, therefore, was not the right time to slow the spread and the lockdowns continued to be extended and widened to include more restrictions.
Florida, under DeSantis’ leadership, was one of the first states to resist lockdowns and reopen for business.
The Sunshine State was also a leader in the fight against vaccine mandates and passports when the Biden administration began implementing them in 2021.