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Governor Ron DeSantis: "We will not back down, and if anyone tries to harm Floridians or target us, we will respond very swiftly."
Florida is vowing to push back against government overreach that could cripple citizens of the Sunshine State.
Governor DeSantis: "We will oppose it 100%."
A White House official has confirmed high-level talks are considering restrictions on travel between states. In one of the targeted states, Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis will not roll over.
Governor DeSantis: "I think it's an absurd report that they would be doing that. I think it would be unconstitutional, it would be unwise, and it would be unjust."
At issue is a new variant of the virus now growing overseas, which U.S. officials claim may soon be a problem in leisure-destination states within the United States.
Narrator: "Officials in Colorado have confirmed the first case in the United States of a more contagious strain of coronavirus that was first discovered in the United Kingdom."
DeSantis finds the prospect of federal restrictions absurd — especially in light of the Biden administration's attitude on illegal immigrants entering unvetted into Florida and other border states.
Governor DeSantis: "Restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous (but very damaging) farce."
Soon after Biden took office, caravans of thousands of illegal immigrants moved through Central America toward the United States. DeSantis senses a double standard.
Governor DeSantis: "It would not be based in science. It would purely be a political attack against the people of Florida."
According to Florida's governor, his state is in good shape in comparison with other states in the nation.
Governor DeSantis: "Fatalities per capita for this same period — Florida ranks 42nd."
Why, then, is the federal government focusing on Florida? DeSantis is not the only Florida politician resisting the federal government's threat. Senator Marco Rubio sent a letter to Biden, telling him travel restrictions on the state would be "reckless and economically harmful."
Politicians and media pundits see a hidden agenda with Democrats to punish a successful state with a Republican governor that just happens to be the home of a certain ex-president they still fear.