Ron DeSantis condemns Chinese protest crackdown
Ron DeSantis

'The people of China are finally speaking out against it.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is speaking out against the Chinese government’s approach to COVID-19 mitigation, supporting protesters and suggesting “zero-COVID” should be consigned to the “ash heap of history.”

DeSantis, speaking to media and supporters at Cecil Airport Tuesday in Jacksonville, said that the “people of China are right to be able to speak out and protest” against a “zero-COVID policy” that is “draconian” and “violates people’s liberties and is completely unscientific.”

“This Chinese Communist Party has a maniacal desire to exert total control over its population. Zero-COVID is really just the pretext for what they want to do anyways. And that is not a model that can work over the long term. The people of China are finally speaking out against it. And I just think we need these draconian COVID policies to go to the ash heap of history where they belong,” DeSantis said to applause.

The Governor’s comments come in the wake of protests in major Chinese cities, including but not limited to Beijing and Shanghai, which seem to be the most severe challenge leader Xi Jinping has faced in his rule, as citizens rebel against lockdown policies.

DeSantis has been a frequent and fierce critic of the Chinese regime, and COVID-19 has intensified those criticisms, with the Governor calling for “accountability” for the country’s origination of the virus.

“The (World Health Organization) is in the pocket of the Communist Party of China. They basically were having everybody look the other way,” he said in 2021. “The idea was to try to whitewash the role of the CCP in this virus and it wasn’t just WHO, it wasn’t just bureaucracies. You saw the academic community largely circle the wagons and defend the CCP.”

DeSantis is not the only prominent Florida Republican roiled by Chinese suppression of COVID-19 restriction protests. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has said Beijing’s crackdown should be a “wake up call for the world.”


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Republicans are corrupt

    November 29, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Desantis needs to focus on Florida and quit cos playing president

    • Republicans are corrupt

      November 29, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      Ron Desantis needs to stop his hateful attacks! I for one support the CCP in their endeavors to silence dissenting speech and committing mass genocide against the Uyghur muslims. I wish America was more like China so that all those who disagreed with me and made fun of me, and hurt my feelings would be locked up for life! Republicans are too cowardly to silence their enemies and too commit genocide against an entire population! If China wants to eliminate an entire race from the face of the earth, that is THEIR business and we should not get involved! #StopAsianHate

      In other news, I think the U.S. should send another billion dollars to Ukraine to combat Russia in order to save democracy!

  • marylou

    November 29, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Coming from the Florida deDICKtator who wants motorists to run-down peaceful protesters!?!

    • marylou

      November 29, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      UPDATE: After several hours of research, I was unable to find a bill , statement, or any piece of evidence that Ron Desantis or anyone in the Florida government wants peaceful protesters to be run down. I would like to sincerely apologize for spreading dangerous misinformation. I went to a doctor and he said my IQ is drastically lower than average and I may be mentally disabled.

      I hope you can understand 🙏

  • Tom

    November 29, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    China, Dem party, joined at hip in corrupt acts.
    LMAO fake moniker, and the hootch girl.
    How’s that 60% feel up the pie hole!
    Losers. Wait til he wins WH Oval!

    • marylou

      November 29, 2022 at 2:21 pm

      Are you going to comment on the topic, Tom??

      • Tom

        November 29, 2022 at 3:52 pm

        Hootch, he never wanted anyone to be run over, period. That was his point, the derelict protesters had no right to stop us, the peeps, not the fake protestors who were out causing mayhem.

        The woke is a joke, and it goes to die in DeSantis’s Florida. Not going to be tolerated.

        JD, no pot calling kettle black. DeSantis protects us all. Even the 40%, it’s wonderful being 60%. What a landslide.

        3 weeks later, it feels vindicating.
        Florida Dums in the wilderness for a generation. I’d suggest Gov meets with extremist Dums leadership once a month. They need consoling.

        • JD

          November 29, 2022 at 5:56 pm

          Come on Tom, it’s not OK for protestors to protest in front of judges homes, but it’s also not OK for Chinese to protest covid lock downs?

          Kettle Black

          • JD

            November 29, 2022 at 5:57 pm

            Correction: but it’s also OK for Chinese to protest covid lock downs?

          • Tom

            November 30, 2022 at 6:18 am

            It’s pathetic how compromised this geezer, geriatric potus is related to China. Now he hides and is silent on the protests.

            Thank God Gov Ron speaks up and defends Musk, Twitter, protestors and denounced CCP, and towel boy Tim Cook, Apple.

          • Tom

            November 30, 2022 at 6:41 am

            It’s a federal law that you can’t protest in front of supremes homes. Garland a former fed appeals judge knows better.

          • Tom

            November 30, 2022 at 6:41 am

            It’s a federal law that you can’t protest in front of supremes homes. Garland a former fed appeals judge knows better.

          • JD

            December 1, 2022 at 11:46 am

            Musk? Musk is a complete Tool.

            There’s not shit he’s done other than BUY good idea companies and brow beat the talent to working like slaves.

            He’s a myth like Putin.

            Name one company he didn’t buy? On top of it he’s a rich kid who’s Daddy owned an emerald mine.

            Musk is a tool.

          • JD

            December 1, 2022 at 11:47 am

            Thinking that Musk is for free speech is like thinking the stripper likes you.

        • marylou

          November 30, 2022 at 10:48 pm

          Protesting is supposed to cause a little inconvenience, Tom. That’s why there’s a first amendment to protect it.

      • Elliott Offen

        November 29, 2022 at 4:58 pm

        TOM! Stop bullying my sweetheart marylou right now!! Mary, what happened? Is he bothering you queen? Should I take care of him?

        • marylou

          November 29, 2022 at 5:02 pm

          No Elliott sweetiekins, it’s fine☺️ He’s just another loser who can’t handle a fierce no-nonsense back-talking strong independent woman like me! You’re the only man I need in my life Elliott. So handsome and strong, always trying to protect me, looking out for me. I love you so much🥰

          Mwah Mwah 💋

  • Tom

    November 29, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    China, Dem party, joined at hip in corrupt acts.
    LMAO fake moniker, and the hootch girl.
    How’s that 60% feel up the pie hole!
    Losers. Wait til he wins WH Oval!

    • marylou

      November 30, 2022 at 10:33 pm

      The federal law making protesting in front of SCOTUS’ homes illegal applies to protests with the intent to *influence* the SCOTUS. You can’t actually think protesters thought standing on a sidewalk with signs —while sharing wine and cheese with Rapey Beer Boy’s neighbors— would influence the SCOTUS decision!?!?

      You could have dipped the 5 “kingdom of god” Supremely Corrupteds of the United States into boiling acid and they still would have voted to take away women’s rights. It’s why they are there.

      It looks like the protesters may have just been letting SCOTUS know that taking away Americans’ right to privacy—and safety—means they lose their rights too. What a shame.

      May they live in fear forever.

  • JD

    November 29, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Wait, this is the same guy that signed HB 1571?

    Kettle Black.

    • JD’s mommy

      November 29, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      JD, come out of your room this instant young man! We’re all waiting for you! You need to stop this political obsession of yours. It’s not good for you honey.

      • JD

        November 29, 2022 at 4:47 pm


      • JD

        November 29, 2022 at 5:55 pm


        That’s funny.

  • rass

    November 30, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Rona, Rona, Rona. We don’t give a rat’s butt about China. Funny how you forget your series of Covid executive orders at the start of the pandemic LOCK DOWN! They are a matter of public record, Rona. But, to the defense of dissent- You, Rona, champion of Florida’s new laws cracking down on protests. What a hippo cript!!! We wish you would move to Texas to live with Hershey Bar Walking and Governor Dumbo. Y’all could succeed from the US and we could move the wall to the northern border of the state.

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