On the same day that double-vaxxed, double-boosted President Joe Biden announced that he no longer had COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized Biden for still trying to force U.S. troops to get jabbed.
At a press conference on Wednesday, the Republican governor suggested Biden ought to use his own experience with COVID to admit he is wrong about the mandates and reverse course.
“We obviously wish him well,” DeSantis said at an event in Tampa. “But, this is a guy that has taken how many booster shots?”
“I mean, seriously, [he’s] done all this stuff and gets it. … But he still insists on imposing vax mandates through the federal government. Yes, we’ve beaten him on the business mandate. We’ve not complied with the medical mandate. But they’ve kicked people out of the military based on these COVID shots. They’re trying to kick people out of the National Guard around the country based on these,” said DeSantis.
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“These are shots where you take all these boosters and still get infected. There is no justification to impose those mandates on anybody, and whether it’s federal contractors…whether it’s how some of these people in the military have just been treated so horribly — this is just wrong,” DeSantis continued.
“Hopefully, he’ll use this as an opportunity to admit that he was wrong, reverse those policies, [and] let people earn a living.”
“Why should people choose between a job they need and a shot they don’t want?” he added. “That is not a choice we put them in Florida. We don’t make people make that choice. We protect their right to make these decisions.”
DeSantis’ point about the military echoed recent comments by U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz.
As The Free Press reported recently, the St. Augustine Republican, the first Green Beret elected to Congress and still a National Guardsman, said Biden’s policy threatens the careers of 25,000 National Guard troops.
Waltz said Biden needs to relinquish his “vaccine dogma” and consider the troops, especially as the Pentagon struggles with recruiting.
DeSantis, a U.S. Navy veteran, also made that point Wednesday.
“We have this massive recruiting problem,” DeSantis noted. “Hire back the people that you fired because of the vax. They were doing good. They weren’t fired because of performance. It was because of this one choice.”
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“It’s just wrong to be doing that to marginalize all these folks,” DeSantis added. “I do think having a mandate is harmful for recruiting.
“This is not something based on evidence or based on science. It’s based on exercising power over other people. That’s the only reason they’re doing it, and it is wrong.”
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