Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is not giving in to President Joe Biden’s goofy immigration and COVID-19 policies — especially where tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is concerned.
At a press conference Wednesday, the Florida Republican said he would “run a boat” to the Bahamas to bring the world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player into the Sunshine State so he could play the upcoming Miami Open.
The Biden administration has banned Djokovic for a second time because he is not vaccinated for COVID-19. The first was last September, when Djokovic sought to play in the U.S. Open in New York.
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As The Free Press reported, DeSantis on Tuesday sent President Joe Biden a letter requesting Djokovic be allowed in.
DeSantis made the case that Djokovic has already had the virus and has natural immunity. Meanwhile, the Biden administration advocates the end of Title 42, the federal immigration law invoked by the Trump administration to cite the COVID-19 pandemic to deport illegal immigrants.
“This denial is unfair, unscientific, and unacceptable,” DeSantis wrote. “It’s time to put pandemic politics aside and give the American people what they want — let him play,” the governor argued.
He added that Biden’s policy is “completely ungrounded in logic, common sense, or any genuine concern for the health and welfare of the American people.”
The only thing keeping Djokovic from playing in the popular Miami tournament “is your administration’s continued enforcement of a misguided, unscientific, and out-of-date COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreign guests seeking to visit our great country.”
On Wednesday, DeSantis told reporters Djokovic “is being discriminated against” because he refused the jab.
“People get infected anyways,” DeSantis noted, in reference to the inability of the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna to block the spread of the virus.
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“He poses zero risk to the United States, zero risk to the state of Florida, and zero risk to Miami,” DeSantis added. “So, he should be allowed to come in.”
“I would run a boat from the Bahamas here for him. I would do that, 100%,” the governor continued. “But, I think his people are looking at it, and I’m not sure that’s the way they want to come into the country. Which I understand. But I think it’d be a great moment.”
“Congress never passed any of this,” said DeSantis, noting this was all Biden’s work. “That’s not the way this country is supposed to be governed.”
“We think coming by boat may be OK,” he added. “But at the end of the day, how unscientific is it to impose this ridiculous mandate?… It is wrong to discriminate against somebody based on the choice they made regarding this.”
DeSantis expects an answer from Biden by Friday.
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