DeSantis Fires Back at Critics as He Fiercely Defends State’s Delayed Shut Down

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is defending his decision to wait until April to shut down Florida amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Tuesday, DeSantis met with President Donald Trump at the White House. During their meeting, he was asked about the criticism he’s received for delaying the shut down of the state.

Unlike most states that opted for early action, Florida was one of the only states that had over 5,000 confirmed coronavirus cases before DeSantis took action to shut down on April 3.

However, he quickly fired back in defense of his decision arguing that Florida has done better than states with “draconian” orders.

“What have the results been? You look at some of the most draconian orders that have been issued in some of these states and compare Florida in terms of our hospitalizations per 100,000, in terms of our fatalities per 100,000.”

He went on to name multiple states he claims have done worse than Florida.

“I mean, you go from D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois… you name it… Florida’s done better,” DeSantis said.

See DeSantis’ remarks below:

He added, “And I’m not criticizing those states but everyone in the media was saying Florida was going to be like New York or Italy and that has not happened because we understood we have a big, diverse state.”

DeSantis insists his state opted to implement more measured guidelines based on areas as opposed to relying on a “one-size-fits-all” model. According to DeSantis, his state will likely see less damage going forward because of the route he decided to take.

“We understood the outbreak was not uniform throughout the state and we had a tailored and measured approach that not only helped our numbers be way below what anyone predicted but that also did less damage to our state, going forward.”

He also challenged those who scrutinized his decision to “go back and look at all the criticism and then look now.”

Despite DeSantis’ arguments, he is still being urged him to proceed with caution reopening the state.

DeSantis has said that he will be announcing on Wednesday what the state’s reopening plan will look like.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Florida has more than 32,500 coronavirus cases, statewide, with 21,000 of those cases in South Florida. The Southern region of Florida is still considered one of the top hotspots in the United States.


  1. Number 1 problem for the Lefties is that DeSantis is a REPUBLICAN and doesn’t march in lockstep with their idiocy.

    Update: Duval County beaches will be open from 6 AM until 8 PM beginning on Monday. Previous hours were 6 to 8 AM and 5 to 8 PM.

  2. DeSantis’s delay to shutdown the state is in relation to delay of information to reach his brain. Florida will at some point be very sorry they elected this moron as their governor, he seems to be in the same mold as that idiot from Georgia !

    1. WOW mikey, your statement is exactly why we know who the real morons really are. You communist states were hit the hardest because you were not ready. Now you want to keep everything shut down so you can grab power and control of America. You communists are the biggest liars and deceivers ever in the history of the world. If it weren’t for violence, hatred, control and criminals you would not have a party to worship.

      1. Poor Bobbie doesn’t know what communism means, and can’t tell the difference between it, socialism, and mainstream liberal Democrats.
        A mind is a terrible thing not to possess.

    2. Please stay out of Florida. We already have enough dumb*ass liberals here.

    3. Word, Mike. He’s placing the state with the largest population of our elders, at grave risk. And he doesn’t give a damn, bring too ignorant to understand the true ramifications of his actions. After all…this guy thinks Odious Drumpf is a good President. Jesus H C

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