by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Elizabeth Elkind writes for DailyMail.com about the latest salvo from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at President Joe Biden once again in the latest heated exchange between the two leaders over Biden’s sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Yesterday the Democratic commander-in-chief delivered a brief pandemic update from the White House in which he took veiled shots at Republican leaders who were opposed to his COVID health measures and said vaccine mandates shouldn’t ‘divide’ Americans.
‘Just think of Biden – he says “Don’t make the vaccines divisive.” Don’t make the vaccines divisive? You are trying to take people’s jobs away over this issue,’ DeSantis said at a press conference on Friday.
‘You are trying to plunge people into destitution. You are taking away their livelihoods – no one else is doing that. You are the one that’s being divisive about this’
During his six-minute address on Thursday Biden condemned spreading ‘misinformation’ about COVID vaccines the same week as he’s been criticized by Republicans who claim that his vaccine order was responsible for the massive delays that have plagued Southwest Airlines. …
… DeSantis presented a more direct challenge to Biden yesterday, vowing to take the president to court over the rule.
‘We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it,’ DeSantis said during a Thursday press conference at the Florida Department of Health at Lee County. ‘We also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it.’
DeSantis said the lawsuit would be filed in the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
On Friday he was asked about hospitals in the Sunshine State that have already implemented vaccine mandates – and lost staff as a result.
‘No one should lose their jobs over these shots. I think we want to protect people’s jobs,’ DeSantis said. ‘These are folks that have been working throughout this whole time.’