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CNN Forced to Admit Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Refusal to Lockdown Florida is “Paying Off”

By Paul Joseph Watson | Summit News | March 18, 2021

CNN was forced to admit that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ refusal to impose strict lockdown measures and mask mandates is “paying off,” with the state recording fewer COVID-19 deaths per capita while the economy is booming.

Unlike states run by Democrat politicians, DeSantis consistently refused to impose harsh pandemic restrictions and has been pilloried for it by the media for the best part of a year.

However, compared to those states, which have recorded higher COVID deaths and face massive economic turmoil, Florida is in such a better position that even CNN has been forced to acknowledge it.

“A year into the pandemic, Florida is booming and Republican Gov. DeSantis is taking credit,” writes CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.

“As many parts of the country embark on an uneasy march toward normalcy, Florida is not only back in business — it’s been in business for the better part of the past year. DeSantis’ gamble to take a laissez faire approach appears to be paying off — at least politically, at least for now, as other governors capturing attention in the opening phase of the pandemic now face steeper challenges.”

“Despite far fewer rules and restrictions, Florida lands nearly in the middle of all states on a variety of coronavirus metrics. The state has had about 3% more Covid-19 cases per capita than the US overall, but about 8% fewer deaths per capita.”

Drew Holden pointed out on Twitter how, as recently as December, CNN was amplifying claims that DeSantis was putting politics in front of lives.

Now they’re having to eat those words.

Florida’s unemployment rate stands at just 4.8% compared to 6.8% in Texas, 8.8% in New York and 9% in California.

“DeSantis suddenly appears to be in a position of strength compared to some of his fellow governors, including many of whom took far more restrictive approaches to the fight against coronavirus that caused a trickle-down effect on the economy,” admits CNN.

March 18, 2021 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Economics | , ,


  1. Noted.

    I don’t know Florida, but could this “positive” news be at least partly due to the fact that Florida is a retirement haven with, I’m sure, many gated and exclusive and affluent residential communities with access to great healthcare…such “isolation” and demographics could, could they not?, lead to less spread of CoVID, fewer infections, fewer deaths…? (even as I see above that Florida has “…about 3% more Covid-19 cases per capita than the US overall….”)


    Comment by roberthstiver | March 18, 2021 | Reply

  2. Yes, but the mortality is 8% lower than the US overall. With 3% more cases and with so many older people you would expect them to be much higher on that list. They are definitely doing something right…

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by jan123 | March 18, 2021 | Reply

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