On August 5, Biden was asked what his response was to DeSantis vowing to stand in his way. He answered: “Governor who?” and began laughing (The Recount). DeSantis responded to this quip during a recent press conference.
On August 5, President Joe Biden was asked what his response was to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticizing his Covid-19 policies and promising to stand in Biden’s way; his response was, “Governor who?” followed by some laughing. DeSantis responded to this, saying, “I’m the governor who protects parents in their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education. I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down. I’m the governor who answers to the people of Florida, not the bureaucrats in Washington.”
Biden gave a speech on August 3, outlining what his administration wants to get done in order to end the pandemic and deflect potential issues caused by the newer delta variant (White House). In his speech, it was clear that he is more than annoyed as some Republican governors are preventing mask and vaccine mandates within their states.
“Some governors aren’t willing to do the right things to make this happen. I say to these governors, please help. If you aren’t going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives.” The two governors he was referring to are Texas Governor Greg Abbott and DeSantis, whose policies he called, “bad health polic[ies]”.
As Biden left the room at the end of his speech, he was asked why he hadn’t called DeSantis and shared this message. He responded, “He knows the message. We had a long discussion,” referring to their meeting in Surfside, Florida last month. In response, DeSantis said he planned to stand in Biden’s way.
During a press conference on August 4, he said, “Joe Biden suggests that if you don’t do lockdown policies, then you should ‘get out of the way.’ But let me tell you this: If you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way. I’m not going to let you get away with it. If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m going to stand in your way and I’m going to stand up for the kids in Florida.”
He continued, saying, “If you’re trying to restrict people, impose mandates, if you’re trying to ruin their jobs and their livelihoods and their small business, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way and I’m standing for the people of Florida. Why don’t you do your job, why don’t you get this border secure and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you,” (The Hill).
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