Ron DeSantis says he won’t let Joe Biden impose Florida ‘quarantine’

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Biden officials say it isn't happening, but Governor keeps messaging anyway.

The Joe Biden administration continues to contend there are no firm plans for travel restrictions to or from the Sunshine State, but Florida’s Governor is not buying it.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continued a trend of oppositional messaging against the new administration in Washington on a so-called “travel ban,” delighting a crowd with strong rhetoric Friday morning in West Palm Beach.

“There’s been some stuff in the news recently. I’ve been very strong. But we’re also not going to let Joe Biden quarantine Florida or ban any travel. Not going to happen. Nope. Sorry,” DeSantis said, eliciting cheers from many of those in attendance for an event at a hotel that blended policy and a preview of the DeSantis campaign persona for 2022 and, if all goes well for him, 2024 on the national stage.

DeSantis has blasted what he describes as a “lockdowner” President and advisers, routinely scoring political points in response to a Miami Herald report floated earlier this month and disowned repeatedly by the administration since.

“Any attempt to restrict or lockdown Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state, done purely for political purposes,” DeSantis said in Port Charlotte Thursday morning. He added that “if anyone tries to harm Floridians or target us, we will respond very swiftly.”

The proposal was especially offensive given Biden immigration policy, DeSantis argued.

“And if you think about it, restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country, while illegal aliens pour across the southern border unmolested, would be a ridiculous, but very damaging, farce. So we will oppose it 100%,” DeSantis added.

The Governor’s insistence on hammering the issue was clear in a fundraising email last week claiming, “Biden thinks I’ll roll over.”

“Joe Biden and his Big Tech overlords think they can silence me and the millions of patriots who are fighting for America First instead of the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the rest of the China-loving globalists,” the pitch claims, urging a “contribution to support my America First agenda,” and to send a message to every “RINO, Socialist, and fake news media that you are in this fight.”

Expect messaging against the so-called travel ban, however nonexistent it may be, to continue. This Governor has a political future predicated on it.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com


11 comments

  • jp millender

    February 19, 2021 at 11:38 am

    it appears the Gov’r is talking politics. while many in the panhandle is waiting/trying to get thru a badly ran rollout of the vaccine…what a mess. many senior can’t get thru the system;yet he’s talking at the president;which he can’t touch get wise or move on.finish this 1 term we’ve had enough.

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  • Anonymous in Florida

    February 19, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Absolutely this governor is not anyone we want he is a fool talking like he can stop the President of the United States oh my God get over it Trump clan we will be glad when his term is ended, Deal with the issues at hand or move on get off your podium

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    • Kate deel

      February 21, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      He can stop it. It’s already gone to Supreme Court that you can’t prevent interstate travel. Even in a pandemic. Unconstitutional for dewing and dumbass Andy beshear.

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  • Anonymous in Florida

    February 19, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Absolutely this governor is not anyone we want he is a fool talking like he can stop the President of the United States oh my God get over it Trump clan we will be glad when his term is ended, Deal with the issues at hand or move on get off your podium

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  • Sonja Fitch

    February 19, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Just more of that threatening braggadocius bs Duffus Desantis . The Federal Government sent the dollars to set up
    Addition vaccines facilities. This ain’t about you Duffus Desantis ! This is about serving and protecting Floridians. Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022!

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  • Frankie M.

    February 19, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Might as well say the guvmint is comin to get ur guns. Ronnie done trollin his base again. He has officially replaced Ricky Scott as most hated floridian. Trump hasn’t established residency long enough. Besides Trump would never say “sorry”…considers it a sign of weakness.

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  • Beth

    February 20, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Ronnie has become completely delusional at this point. Guess it happens when you lie so much you lose touch with reality. What a buffoon.

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  • Frankie M

    February 20, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Ronnie like his benefactor is allergic to the truth. Manipulating school age kids covid data to get the outcome he wants…sound familiar? Rebekah Jones deserves an apology like Joe Biden got.

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  • Anoymous In Florida

    February 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Thank Goodness for Ron DeSantis. Best governor ever. We need someone to stand up for us. Hope he is around for a long while!!

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  • tjb

    February 22, 2021 at 8:10 am

    Help me to understand, DeSantis implemented travel restrictions into Florida a year ago ( his Executive Order Number 20-82) but now he cries foul when the Biden administration is considering similar restrictions. I call BS on him for being a hypocrite and a despicable politician. Perhaps our governor is not happy that only 29,000 Floridians have died from COVID-19

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  • Teresa

    February 22, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    The rest of the country wishes we had DeSantis and the Florida economy. The democrats and the media are going to target him because they know he is the 2024 threat!

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