Gov. DeSantis to Pardon Anyone Charged for Disobeying Mask Mandates

Gov. DeSantis to Pardon Anyone Charged for Disobeying Mask Mandates
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Those who’ve been charged in Florida for resisting coronavirus related restrictions got good news that Governor DeSantis will be pardoning them all.

As the New York Post reports:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will pardon anyone in the Sunshine State charged for not wearing masks or socially distancing — breaking the news live on air to a gym-owning couple who were facing jail time for defying coronavirus safety recommendations.

The Republican governor made the unexpected announcement on Fox News Wednesday as he decried county officials penalizing people.

“It’s a total overreach,” he told Laura Ingraham. “These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive,” he insisted.

He broke the news of his pardon directly to Mike and Jillian Carnevale, who faced up to 120 days in jail for repeatedly allowing people to forgo masks at their gym in Plantation in Broward County.

Throughout this pandemic liberals have painted liberal Governors like Andrew Cuomo as heros and Republicans like Florida’s Ron DeSantis as villians. Anyone who bothered to look at the data would see that throughout 2020 if New York were its own country, it would’ve had more coronavirus deaths per-capita than any in the world, Meanwhile, Florida has fewer coronavirus deaths per-capita than the national average, and a much stronger economy.

Facts weren’t fueling the narrative there, but the different governing philosophy between the two in responding to the crisis. Cuomo embraced lockdowns and other struct restrictions, while DeSantis let businesses flourish, and made more restrictions voluntary (though local governments implemented their own). Once again the media started their their conclusion and then built a narrative around it.


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