'He's taking all the power!' MSNBC's Morning Joe shreds Ron DeSantis for 'dangerous' power grab in Florida
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for taking away public health authority from local governments as the delta variant overwhelms his state.
The Republican governor continues to insist his state will never impose business restrictions or mask mandates, despite shattering hospitalization records for COVID-19 patients, and the "Morning Joe" host bashed DeSantis for prohibiting mask mandates and threatening to cut funding from school districts that impose them to protect students and faculty.
"So you have this one governor who, again, is acting like this big government socialist telling small businesses, no, you're not allowed to run your small business the way you want to run your small business," Scarborough said. "If you're in a really hot spot and you feel like you want to require masks for people to come into your family restaurant that's been in your family for three or four decades, and you're trying to save that small business and you know the only way to save that business is by doing what you think is best and requiring masks for people doing inside dining, Ron DeSantis won't allow that. It's a ban. He's taking all the power, he's centralizing all the power in Tallahassee, Florida."
"Does that really make him feel that powerful, to centralize all of that power in Tallahassee, Florida, and not let small business owners, not let small family restaurant owners, not let people that have had family businesses along beach fronts for 40, 50, 60, 70 years, not let them decide themselves?" Scarborough continued. "He's taking all that power, and now he's doing the same thing to school boards. He's doing the same things to parents, for local governments, banning them from putting in a mask mandate in their counties, as if Miami-Dade County is the same Okaloosa County -- it's different."
"It's ridiculous, it's stupid and it's also dangerous," he added.
Scarborough accused the governor of pandering to voters who buy into conspiracy theories about vaccines and public health measures.
"I've been reading stupid things on Twitter, which isn't new, but people going, oh my god, oh my god, they're changing their minds again about mask mandates, they're changing their mind," he said. "This is something that Scott Gottlieb said months ago, [that] we may have to put mask mandates in in the future. So let's stop mask mandates now, it'll give us more authority later if when we have a chance to reduce the number of mask mandates in the fall when they're required, we'll have more authority."
None of that should be surprising in the face of a highly contagious virus, he said.
"It reminds me of John Maynard Keynes' quote, 'When the facts change, I change my mind -- what do you do, sir?' Scarborough said, "and yet, these people on these pro-Trump sites are shocked, shocked that when the facts change, actually our medical professionals change their mind, and also change how they're telling us the way to stay safest."
Presidential candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene? Far right extremist congresswoman may be testing the waters
QAnon cultist, conspiracy theorist, antisemitic anti-masker, coronavirus-denying white nationalist, white supremacist, insurrection truther, and Trump acolyte Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican Congresswoman from Georgia, may be testing the waters for a 2024 presidential run.
Greene will attend the Iowa State Fair on August 19, according to Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, who reports that the "gathering is a traditional platform for White House aspirants."
Congresswoman Greene, who was stripped of all her committee assignments shortly after being sworn in for promoting the dangerous QAnon cult's beliefs and for endorsing violence against or the execution of Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Greene "has been touring the country to raise money with Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, who is currently under investigation for possibly violating sex trafficking laws," Bloomberg adds. "Some Republicans have already discussed plans to distance themselves from Greene at the fair in Iowa, according to two of the people familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity."
Internet slams ‘homicidal sociopath’ DeSantis as FL Gov. lashes out over questions about kids in COVID ICU
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is waging the opposite of a charm offensive, lashing out at reporters and even President Joe Biden any time questions are asked about the coronavirus pandemic. Media reports have made clear the Sunshine State is suffering huge increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, even among children, and deaths.
On Tuesday Florida had nearly 51,000 new coronavirus cases, The New York Times reports, which was more than one-third of all new cases across the country reported for that day, and a whopping increase from the already high seven-day average of nearly 18,000 cases per day. Those 18,000 cases represent a huge 700% increase from just one month ago.
DeSantis has banned any mask mandates and warned school districts he will withhold funds if they try to implement masks.
DeSantis, The Hill reports, "on Tuesday knocked a reporter who asked a question regarding if mask mandates would have helped seven kids who are in the ICU for the coronavirus."
The Florida governor quickly turned the question onto the reporter, making them out to be a villain. DeSantis falsely claimed they were blaming the children, when if fact they were blaming the governor for his coronavirus mask ban.
“You're blaming the kids, saying they weren't wearing masks so they're in the ICU. With all due respect, I find that deplorable to blame a victim who ends up being hospitalized," DeSantis said. "Somebody can contract a highly transmissible airborne virus and they're viewed as having done something wrong. That's just not the way you do it."
Experts generally agree unless they are N95 masks, masks protect others from the wearer, not, as DeSantis claimed, vice versa.
DeSantis is also slamming President Biden, but the White House is fighting back with facts:
23% of new COVID hospitalizations in the U.S are in Florida, and their hospitals are being overwhelmed again.
We are doing everything we can to help the people of FL, and they're stepping up by getting vaccinated – we hope @GovRonDeSantis joins us in this fight. https://t.co/53y97ngQ4E — Jen Psaki (@PressSec) August 4, 2021
On social media DeSantis is getting scorched.
DeSantis is going around saying he wants to protect Florida parents' “freedom" to not require masks in schools - as Covid cases are spiking in FL risking our economy and our health. The truth is if the DeSantis had done his job right from Day 1, we wouldn't be in this situation.
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) August 4, 2021
Desantis is the worst of the worst! He has turned our beautiful state of Florida into the epicenter of the #COVID pandemic! Now he's putting our children at risk! @GovRonDeSantis I'm done staying quite! It's time for Florida to get a new Governor. #LevRemembers #Florida https://t.co/FUZtH1U4kF
— Lev Parnas (@levparnas) August 4, 2021
DeSantis is tough at a microphone bashing Biden. But he ran like a baby from a reporter who asked him why so many kids are now in Florida ICUs.
He has just issued a warning to anyone visiting Florida that the virus there will continue to spread unchecked. This is insanity. — Richard Hine (@richardhine) August 4, 2021
Ron DeSantis is a leading cause of death in Florida. He is a Trump wannabe who will never be president.
— ReallyAmerican.com 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) August 4, 2021
FUN FACT: @GovRonDeSantis is the leading cause of death in the state of Florida.
— Inspector Gadget (@ClayRantsOn) August 4, 2021
Ron DeSantis is the guy. The state of Florida is the truck… https://t.co/ptJKH3Q0j6
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) August 4, 2021
Ron DeSantis is literally stepping over the bodies of Floridians as he campaigns for POTUS, any actual governing was abandoned long ago in favor of race-baiting and MAGA theatrics. Like I said before, he's Trump in a better suit with less herpes. @RonDeSantisFL
— NoelCaslerComedy (@caslernoel) August 4, 2021
Ron DeSantis has chosen sacrificing the health of the children of Florida over protecting them because it will help him become the 2024 GOP presidential nominee
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 4, 2021
23% of new COVID hospitalizations in the U.S are in Florida. Ron DeSantis blames it on Biden and “open borders." Florida borders two places only: Alabama and Georgia. https://t.co/owlmnwuKlL
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) August 4, 2021
Maybe it's time for the media to start referring to DeSantis as a homicidal sociopath instead of a savvy politician.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) August 4, 2021
Not even a month ago @GovRonDeSantis was promoting his anti-mask, anti-Fauci merchandise.
Today, Florida reached an all time high of 12,408 COVID-19 hospitalizations. Stay safe everyone, trust our healthcare experts, and get vaccinated. pic.twitter.com/zRUVrLMV5r — Michele Rayner-Goolsby (She/They) (@micheleforfl) August 4, 2021
DeSantis's effort to downplay the pandemic in Florida is an effort to deny an obvious reality. https://t.co/Ykjm3QAhrD
— Philip Bump (@pbump) August 4, 2021
♦️Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is blaming border control for the rise in #Covid19 cases.
♦️Why isn't he protecting Florida's borders by preventing cruise ships - filled with passengers and crew from all over the world - from entering Florida ports? https://t.co/OPcT4ODZSN — 🚨 𝐒𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐥𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 🚨 (@TheSizzleReport) August 4, 2021
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