Gov. Ron DeSantis boasts that Florida took on the “biomedical security state” under his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic in a new memoir.
The governor immediately dives into the defense of his coronavirus policy in the introduction after former President Trump used his first attack to label DeSantis as “shutting down ron.”
“Power-hungry elites attempted to use the coronavirus to impose an oppressive biomedical security state on America, but Florida provided an impenetrable roadblock to such designs,” DeSantis writes in an excerpt obtained by DailyMail.com.
“The Courage to Be Free,” out Tuesday, portrays Florida as the last bastion against globalist elites who have infiltrated the media, education, politics and business.
Gov. Ron DeSantis brags in new memoir that Florida under his leadership has taken over the “biomedical security state” during the Covid-19 pandemic
The book, believed to be a precursor to DeSantis’ bid for president, was released Tuesday
DeSantis writes that he blamed the “brutal partisanship” and “intellectual bankruptcy” of public health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged and encouraged readers to never “trust the experts.”
“The performance of these so-called experts – they were wrong about the need for lockdowns, the effectiveness of cloth masks, school closures, the existence of natural immunity and the accuracy of epidemiological ‘models’ – was so appalling that no sensible person should never again ‘trust the experts’.’
The governor refers to a 1961 speech in which President Dwight Eisenhower warned that government policy should not be “captured” by the “scientific-technological elite”: “A government contract effectively becomes a substitute for intellectual curiosity,” Eisenhower warned at the time.
DeSantis also references the machinations of DC politics. ‘The elites don’t rely on winning elections to accumulate enough political power to implement their desired policies; they rely on a vast administrative state that allows them to carry out their preferred policies, regardless of the outcome of elections.’
Believing that society is best run by ‘experts’ working in unaccountable government agencies, they are promoting major changes in American society, in matters ranging from energy to education, through bureaucratic fiat, not by popular consent .’
The governor is also targeting private industry, a new battleground for conservatism that has long championed the free market.
“Wall Street banks can refuse financial services to industries that clash with the vision of the anointed, such as firearms manufacturers or contractors who provide services for immigration enforcement,” DeSantis wrote. “This collusion represents a way for the ruling class to achieve through the economy what it could never achieve through the ballot box.”
He praises Florida’s moves to ban ESG investment in state and local pensions and take on Big Tech and the media.
DeSantis and his team have been trading barbs with reporters in recent weeks about his decision to ban critical race theory and queer theory in AP African-American studies in recent weeks. The board, in turn, scrapped many of the topics that had angered DeSantis and conservatives, including cutting off the reading list of many black writers who focused on critical race theory, the queer experience, and black feminism.
The book is fraught with populist undertones, including a section decrying the “elites” for engaging the US in “military adventurism without clear objectives” and “social engineering involving home ownership that laid the foundations for a major financial crisis and the taxpayer-funded bailout. of Wall Street banks.”
Trump supported DeSantis’ first race for governor in 2018, but the couple’s relationship has since soured
DeSantis narrowly won the governor’s race in 2018 after an endorsement from Trump. In 2022, he sailed to re-election with nearly 20 points
DeSantis narrowly won the gubernatorial race in 2018 after an endorsement from Trump. In 2022, he sailed to re-election with nearly 20 points.
The Florida governor has increased his national profile ahead of the book’s launch, appearing at law enforcement events in Philadelphia, New York City and Chicago last week.
Sources close to DeSantis have said the governor would not launch a presidential campaign until the state legislature expires in May.
Over the weekend, a cadre of wealthy donors gathered in Palm Beach, Florida, at a fundraising event for the 44-year-old Florida governor. Billed as a celebration of “Florida’s Blueprint,” the three-day retreat included a loyal allies and donors to Trump.
A new WPA-Intelligence poll of 1,000 Republicans points DeSantis as the favorite at 40 percent and Trump at 31 percent in a nine-way race of nine candidates and potential candidates.
So far, Trump and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley would be DeSantis’ only name-brand match in the running. Senator Tim Scott, RS.C., and former Vice President Mike Pence have traveled to the first GOP caucus state of Iowa for the past two weeks to indicate they are also considering a run.