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'It's Complicated': Dems Snark At DeSantis For 'Taking Credit' As Maskless Florida Booms
by Tyler Durden
As Democrat lockdown governors Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo struggle like drowning mice to lead their states out of 'science'-based pandemic restrictions while embroiled in political scandals, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) - who notably did not lock down his state - is looking so good that even CNN hit pieces can't help but give him credit for a booming economy and low COVID numbers - even if they only go so far as to call it a happy accident.
In a Wednesday article titled "A year into the pandemic, Florida is booming and Republican Gov. DeSantis is taking credit," CNN's Jeff Zeleny writes:
"If you look at what's happening in South Florida right now, I mean this place is booming. It would not be booming if it was shut down," DeSantis said last month as tourist season began to heat up. "Los Angeles isn't booming. New York City's not booming. It's booming here because you can live like a human being."
California, meanwhile, refuses to disclose the COVID-19 data they used to determine when lockdown orders are implemented or rescinded, while at least two judges and the Supreme Court have invalidated lockdown orders due to a lack of science, or challenged pro-lockdown rulings by lower courts, and several sheriffs of large counties have openly rebelled against Newsom's edicts.
Newsom even issued a racial "equity requirement" that must be met before counties can move down a tier in lockdown restrictions.
DeSantis, on the other hand, has the wind at his back - as Florida enjoys an unemployment rate of just 4.8% compared to 6.8% in Texas, 8.8% in New York and 9% in California. Meanwhile, Florida has recorded around 9,200 COVID cases per 100,000 people and 150 deaths per 100,000 people, while nationwide there are an average of 8,969 cases and 163 deaths per 100,000 people.
"Those lockdowns have not worked. They've done great damage to our country," he said at a Tallahassee press conference. "We can never let something like this happen again. Florida took a different path. We've had more success as a result."
"We still have millions of kids across this country who are denied access to in-person education," he added. "We still have businesses closed in many parts of this country. We have millions and millions of lives destroyed."
CNN even took notice of the youngest governor in the nation's political windfall.
DeSantis continues to rack up points with Florida Republicans, announcing on Wednesday that Florida will "expressly exclude...Critical Race Theory."
Newsom, meanwhile, is going on "The View" and making misleading statements about COVID-19 stats while trying to frame recall signatories as white supremacists and QAnon followers.
With the left unable to poke holes in the actual data, some are now saying it's a waste of time to compare Florida with other states.
"What I'd love to ask about Florida is, if we had done things differently in Florida, what would it have looked like?" asks Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, who says that comparing states "complicated and often counterproductive."
"If you use those metrics of where Florida is relative to a lot of other states, we're looking middle of the pack. So no, it hasn't been a disaster in that we're leading in mortality per capita in cases per capita," he continued, adding "It's not always about doing well relative to your peers. It's how can we prevent as much morbidity and mortality from the virus while keeping an eye on what's happening with our economy."
And what would they be saying if Florida was doing worse than California and New York?
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