Rick Scott says refusing vaccines, masks is a ‘choice you get to make’
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Scott continues to oppose federal mandates.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott on Wednesday continued his crusade against mask and vaccine mandates during an appearance on cable news.

The Senator, on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” contended that requirements of masks in COVID-19 hotspots are a no-go. He backed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ opposition to such plans as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pushes for masks for even vaccinated people indoors.

The Fox Business hit continued aggressive messaging on the virus from Scott, who said earlier this month that federal door-to-door vaccination programs are tantamount to intimidation and violations of HIPAA rights.

“This is crazy. It makes no sense,” Scott said. “Democrats want to use fear to control us. If I got a vaccine — I did — why do I have to wear a mask?”

“Democrats want to control our lives. We’ve got to stand up and say enough is enough,” Scott added, before again extolling the idea of choice in vaccination.

“I got the vaccine, get the vaccine. But if you don’t, that’s a choice you get to make,” Scott said.

Regarding mask wearing, CDC guidance is not necessary. Scott’s take: “If we think it’s good for us, we’ll do it.”

When discussing unvaccinated people, Scott discussed the importance of “understanding that you get to make a choice on your own,” reiterating his position that government should give “good information” to guide decisions.

He acknowledged the pervasiveness of the delta variant as well.

“It’s clearly gone up. People I’ve talked to in the hospital business are clearly seeing more inpatients,” Scott said.

But Scott’s ultimate position tracks with that of DeSantis, who contended this week that “political science” and not real science is driving the push for vaccine and mask mandates.

“So much of this is not science, it’s political science,” DeSantis said on Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, of “what the CDC has been operating under for many many months.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


26 comments

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 8:28 am

    I live in Florida, and I am fully vaccinated! NO MORE MASKS! Stop this nonsense NOW! Stop the infected COVID ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS Joey is sending over from being transported to Southern States NOW! Enough is Enough Joey & Camel. You are all brain dead!

  • JmjUSA

    July 28, 2021 at 8:44 am

    OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion…
    Should be the moniker in most, if not all of Florida (Biased & B*llsh*t) Politics postings..

    Funny thing: these “typists” (nothing close to journalist)… Are all for CHOICE when it comes to same sex marriage, murder by abortion, kids ‘trans’, etc…
    EXCEPT…. When demon-rats yell “Squirrel”!

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 8:55 am

    The Federal Government and the White House are a joke. They want to control you, and get nothing done. Name one thing Joey has not totally fuc…..ed up? The revolution is coming. Push back now, and do not wait for the next local or federal election cycle to implement change. Let’s organize a “NO MORE MASK” protest in St. Petersburg, Florida! Get rid of the democratic mayor position in our upcoming vote, and vote for Blackmon. Enough is Enough!

  • Michael Hoffmann

    July 28, 2021 at 9:20 am

    So, the one greatest achievement of the Trump administration — arguably the one one, COVID vaccines — is an imposition?

    Your Dear Leader himself, his family, the Guv and his family, Rick Scott, health care criminal, etc. All of these folks got the vaccine and some got it ahead of the public.

    The richest counties in Florida — especially St. Johns — have the highest vaccine rates.

    I want what the rich folks got. Call me a commie, if you like, but when the rich go for the vaccine, it is okay for the rest of us because the rich folk are thriving right through the chaos of COVID.

    • Frankie M.

      July 28, 2021 at 9:26 am

      What’s good for me is good for me!

    • Mark Marciano

      July 29, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      Actually its all the same no matter your wealth it ia all deaigned to kill people. I by xhoicw am not using thw vaccine for health reasons. Aa to your comments if commies. Wthu cause youe attitude is a prevelent sign that your a closet Hitler sympathizer.

      • Michael Hoffmann

        July 29, 2021 at 11:40 pm

        Hitler was a white supremacist; I am not.
        Hitler was a nationalist; I am not.
        Hitler came to power with the assistance of wealthy industrialists; I don’t know any wealthy industrialists, and have had only passing interactions with wealthy people at work.

        If you have any friends, Mark, they might want to check to see if you are taking your meds correctly.

  • Frankie M.

    July 28, 2021 at 9:24 am

    “If I got a vaccine — I did — why do I have to wear a mask?”

    For the same reason you should get vaccinated Ricky. It’s not about YOU. It’s never been about YOU. It’s about the immunosuppressed. It’s about those who are too young to get the vaccine. It’s about the mouthbreathers filling up our ICU’s and ER’s using up resources that are needed for non-covid related emergencies.

    I could give a shit about jokers whining about masks and/or getting a little shot in the arm. Do whatever you like. You know who I do care about? My kids who are too young to get vaccinated. “Conservatives” only think about ME and scream POLITICS whenever they are told to think about others.

    • JoAnne

      July 28, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Plead with the government and I’m sure they will let your kids get vaccinated. Maybe when they come door to door they could help you out. If you have any animals make sure they get one too.

      • Tjb

        July 28, 2021 at 11:53 am

        JoAnne,
        Time to revolt. Can you believe that our children must be vaccinated before they can go to school in Florida. Nobody can tell me what to do with my body. DeSantis must change the law so I can make the choice. If not, we will arrange tourist visit to the Florida Capitol. Here are a few vaccinations required.
        Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP)
        Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
        Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
        Varicella (chickenpox)
        Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
        Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
        Hepatitis B (Hep

        • KATARINA HURCIKOVA

          July 31, 2021 at 12:09 pm

          KIDS IN FLORIDA DON’T HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO GO TO SCHOOL. I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND MY KIDS HAVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION. THEY JUST DONT’ TELL YOU ABOUT THE EXEMPTION. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR THE EXEMPTION. ITS 10$ PER CHILD PER YEAR. ITS GOOD TO LIVE IN FLORIDA

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Ignorance is bliss! If you can read, I am fully vaccinated. Let Natural Selection run it’s course, if you know what that means! Nobody should be forced by the government to be vaccinated or to wear a mask. Period finished end. I will not wear a mask in Florida anywhere, and shop where they are not required! Nobody tells me what to do, especially you LIBTARDS!

    • Tjb

      July 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

      Ignorance is bliss !. Rick, you must be the happiest man on earth.

      • Frankie M.

        July 28, 2021 at 11:12 am

        Somebody should put a muzzle on him. Shave that dog & teach it to hunt!

    • Frankie M.

      July 28, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Yes but other people’s actions have consequences which you fail to understand. Neonazi conservatives like yourself are why we can’t have nice things. You ruin it for everyone else while screaming FREEDOM. Just stfu & wear a mask.

      • Rick

        July 28, 2021 at 11:16 am

        Why can’t you have nice things Frankie? What is your excuse for being a failure in life?

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 11:15 am

    Yes I am, I live in the great state of Florida, am physically fit, fully vaccinated, and a successful retired IT Manager! Not to mention an intelligent non-LIBTARD! WORKED hard since I was 15 years old, and never relied on the FEDERAL gov’t to care for me!

  • JoAnne

    July 28, 2021 at 11:21 am

    It’s called hysteria and being a liberal in a red state.

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Bingo Joanne!

  • father lowell laurence

    July 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    playwright Dr Larry Myers
    has addressed this issue and many others of our zeitgeist with his new work
    “Ambidexterity.
    ” Myers worked with Ed Sparan signing up homeless for Covid shots in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Rick

    July 28, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    DeSantis will take care of it. What he should also do is lock down our Northern/West border and stop all vehicles and search them for illegal aliens, and arrest them on the spot. (and deport them) 70% of all illegal immigrants on our South West border free for all are coming to Florida, with many of them infected with the COVID19 virus. The states need to take care of their borders now also, because of Joey’s total insane incompetent Open Border policy!

    • Michael Hoffmann

      July 28, 2021 at 11:54 pm

      Your Gov. at the Texas border on Fox:
      “They’ve made over 2,000 apprehensions, over 100 felony arrests, and they say that almost 70% of everybody that they have interdicted said their ultimate destination was the state of Florida,” DeSantis said at a press conference. … “The statistics DeSantis cited could not be independently verified.”
      https://www.foxnews.com/politics/desantis-biden-immigration-policies-migrants-florida

      Congratulations on getting the Trump vaccine! Unfortunately you can still carry the COVID virus, without symptoms, and spread it to family and friends. So, wearing the mask is simply good manners, which is how your were raised by your Mama.

      The US Census declared the frontier closed in 1900, so it’s not like you and your dog and horse scratched out a living like the piney-wood crackers of yore. In fact, you IT guys require AC. Your hard work inside the AC enables you to pay Hondurans (and their Anglo boss) to re-roof your house. The guys in the hot sun are trying to escape poverty, gangs, and two straight years of crop losses due to back-to-back hurricanes. Man to man, Rick: Whose working harder?

      Your mom gets Social Security, just like most of us old timers. We paid into it and are glad to have it now, as well as Medicare, or sidetimes Medicaid. These are FEDERAL government programs; Social Security is SOCIAL insurance. One day, maybe, you’ll get old and need FEDERAL gov’t help.

      It’s a shame that after all your HARD WORK — some of it requiring a higher order of scientific thinking — that you are so gullible. But, there you go, taking the bait of DeS. and the Trumpicans whose main goal in life is to enrich themselves.
      This is how Trump the braggart paid $700 income tax a few years back while you paid, how much was it?

  • Rick

    July 29, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Quit watching CNN and get your facts correct!

    • Michael Hoffmann

      July 29, 2021 at 9:22 am

      We can’t afford cable TV. I went online and pulled the article above from Fox News online. This is called checking your sources. I gave the lazy folk the site. Did you check it out? Or, is Fox giving out fake news, too?

      Use your IT skills — or have they atrophied in your retirement?

    • Michael Hoffmann

      July 29, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      The C.D.C.’s latest mask guidelines rest on research showing vaccinated people can carry the Delta variant in the nose and throat.

      https://www.nytimes.com

  • KATARINA HURCIKOVA

    July 31, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    KIDS IN FLORIDA DON’T HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO GO TO SCHOOL. I LIVE IN FLORIDA AND MY KIDS HAVE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION. THEY JUST DONT’ TELL YOU ABOUT THE EXEMPTION. CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR THE EXEMPTION. ITS 10$ PER CHILD PER YEAR. ITS GOOD TO LIVE IN FLORIDA

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