President Joe Biden said last week that he believes police officers who reject COVID-19 vaccine mandates should be fired.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says if that happens, his state will pay cops to relocate and fill jobs needed with local departments throughout the state.
In an interview Sunday with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, DeSantis conveyed that it was simply wrong the way Biden and other Democrats were dismissing those who had served on the front lines during the pandemic.
“These people we’ve been hailing as heroes, the nurses we’ve said have been heroes, this whole time they’ve been working day in and day out. They couldn’t do their job on Zoom, they had to be there and they did it, and they did it with honor and integrity,” said DeSantis.
“Now, people want to kick them out of their jobs over this shot, which is basically a personal decision.”
The Sunshine State, the governor added, would offer an alternate approach.
“In Florida, our policy is going to be very clear,” DeSantis said. “Nobody should lose their jobs based off these injections.”
DeSantis mentioned an upcoming special legislative session when he and lawmakers in the Republican-led Legislature will deal with federal mandates for vaccines and masking.
DeSantis criticized the Biden administration for basically ignoring biological reality. He claimed that most first-responders now facing termination for rejecting the jab have had COVID-19 and recovered.
Accordingly, they have “strong [natural] protection,” said DeSantis, but Biden and his administration are “still pretending that doesn’t even exist, and so that’s really, really troubling.”
DeSantis added that he expected lawmakers during the special session would produce a bill for him to sign that would provide a $5,000 relocation bonus to police officers fired elsewhere for not complying with the vaccine mandate.
“In Florida, not only are we going to want to protect the law enforcement and all the jobs, we are actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement because we do have needs in our police and sheriff’s departments,” DeSantis said.
“So NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle – if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we’ll compensate you as a result.”
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