WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) returned to the public eye after critics accused him of being “missing-in-action” during a record breaking COVID-19 surge.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 1, 2022
While left-wing critics and news outlets tossed baseless accusations that the Governor abandoned his state to take a vacation as the coronavirus surged in Florida, the truth is the popular Governor had accompanied wife Casey to cancer treatment.
State Sen. Shevrin Jones, a Democrat, tweeted Thursday:
“Counties are overwhelmed w/ lines that stretch for miles. It’s every man/woman for themselves, because leadership is MIA.”
Dareh Gregorian, writer for NBCnews.com joined the bandwagon to attack the Governor for his absence. She wrote on December 30:
“Gov. Ron DeSantis has been missing in action as Covid cases in the state have spiked to new heights, Florida Democratic officials charge.”
She made the criticism in her article, despite also mentioning that Gov. DeSantis’ press secretary tweeted that he was with his family, including his wife who is battling cancer. Press Secretary Christina Pushaw tweeted:
“Gov. DeSantis has a wife and three kids ages 1-5, and it’s not surprising if he wants to take a few days off at Christmas to spend time with his family, especially as his wife is battling cancer.
“I don’t criticize Biden for going to Rehoboth Beach all week, right?”
The public schedule for @GovRonDeSantis and @LtGovNunez goes out every day. Here’s part of the Governor’s public schedule for 2 days ago. Today and tomorrow are holidays for state employees. pic.twitter.com/I9TaZyTQip
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) December 30, 2021
NBC Legal Analyst Joyce Alene, who was in such a hurry to join the chorus of critics that she failed to spell the Govenor’s name correctly, accused the Governor of “checking out” while his state suffered:
“But seriously, where is Ron DiSantis? How does the Governor of one of our largest states just check out during a surge in a pandemic?
The tweet was replied to by Norman Ornstein, Emeritus Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor for The Atlantic, who made a wild and baseless accusation that the Governor may have COVID-19:
“Logic would suggest that he caught Covid. And very possibly a bad case.”
Democratic Mayor Jerry Demings of Orange County in Florida went so far as to criticize DeSantis in a press conference Tuesday:
“Our residents, all Florida residents should be outraged, and they should ask the question, ‘Now, where’s our state? Where’s our governor?
“Where is Ron DeSantis now? When was the last time you saw the governor do a press briefing regarding COVID-19?”
Even U.S. Congresswoman and liberal Progressive sweetheart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined in the criticism, despite traveling to Florida herself and leaving New York behind to face a surge in cases:
“Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks? If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks.
“In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing. Folks are quite receptive here :)”
Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks?
If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks.
In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing. Folks are quite receptive here 🙂 https://t.co/LmmqT8eLDh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 31, 2021
The DeSantis team replied to the congresswoman’s tweet to point out that the Governor has been successfully controlling the virus without shutting down the state like many others have:
“Welcome to Florida, AOC!
“We hope you’re enjoying a taste of freedom here in the Sunshine State thanks to Gov. DeSantis’s leadership.”
Welcome to Florida, AOC!
— Team DeSantis (@teamrondesantis) December 31, 2021
While the left had there fun, Governor DeSantis was accompanying his wife for cancer treatment. Casey DeSantis has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Casey and Ron DeSantis are the parents of Madison, 4, Mason, 3, and Mamie, 18 months.
Despite facing a personal family struggle, the Governor was working during his absence from public view, according to his staff. When MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted, “A governor, not governing during a crisis; and sunning his belly on vacation instead,” his office shot back.
Pushaw responded with photographs of the Governor’s busy schedule, and said Reid’s comments were part of the reason people have lost faith in the mainstream media:
“Have you ever considered that you’re one of the reasons nobody trusts the media?”
Have you ever considered that you’re one of the reasons nobody trusts the media? pic.twitter.com/nyiqzstZhT
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) December 30, 2021
DeSantis communications staffer Kyle Lamb also took to Twitter to defend his boss:
“Just FYI, [DeSantis] is not on vacation. Literally no one from our office has said that he is.
“Anyone pushing that could have easily seen the public schedule and seen that he’s taking calls and meetings this past week,” Lamb added. “Not having public events does not = ‘vacation.'”
In contrast to the hate and lies that spread about the Governor during the week, the Governor attended a “Let Us Worship” event with his wife on New Years Eve in Miami, where Christians prayed for the Governor and his wife.
Host and “Let Us Worship” founder Sean Feucht prayed over “America’s Governor”:
“Lord, I thank you for the DeSantis family. I thank you for the gift that they are to America. I thank you, Lord, that in the midst of a pandemic and tyrannical governors and leaders, Lord, you raised up godly men and women to stand up for our rights as the church and to stand up for the Constitution.”
Feucht prayed that 2022 would be a year of “breakthrough” and for “full healing” for Casey DeSantis.
Since the truth came out that the Governor was being a caring and supportive husband while continuing to conduct the state’s work, no apologies have been issued to date by those who attacked him.
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‘We’re funding the police and then some’: Gov. DeSantis announces $1K bonuses for first responders
May 6, 2021
SATELLITE BEACH, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that, unlike many states that are defunding police, Florida will be providing $1,000 bonus checks to every police officer, firefighter, paramedic, and emergency medical technician in the state.
THANK YOU FIRST RESPONDERS! Florida law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters will soon get a $1,000 thank you bonus! Send your local heroes a message of your own below. Tonight at 11:00pm watch WPTV. pic.twitter.com/9h6p6mFaSf
— WPTV (@WPTV) May 6, 2021
Making the announcement from the Satellite Beach Police Department in Brevard County, Gov. DeSantis said:
“Some want to defund the police; we’re funding the police and then some, and that’s what we’re here today to say.”
In March, the governor proposed using money from Florida’s federal stimulus package to provide first responders with bonuses, saying they earned the financial boost with their work during the pandemic. The legislature agreed and passed the proposal.
— Curious Reporter (@ReporterCurious) May 6, 2021
At the press conference held Wednesday, DeSantis was joined by police officials from around the state who applauded the $1,000 bonuses.
DeSantis also commented on another piece of legislation passed in support of law enforcement. He applauded the state’s passage of the “Anti-Riot” Act, which places tougher penalties on protesters who engage in violent rallies.
"Some wanted to defund the police, we’re funding the police, and then some." https://t.co/Wl9hnarAyu
— IJR (@TheIJR) May 6, 2021
He praised a provision in the “Anti-Riot” Act that prevents local governments from defunding police:
“There is a very strong provision in there that said, ‘We are not going to let local governments defund law enforcement.’
“We are going to make sure that at the state level, we protect our communities, and if you try to do it, we are going to fight back, and we are going to defend the people of this state.”
The Governor said that, beyond the “Anti-Riot” Act, he wanted to reward first responders for working through the pandemic at a time when many other people did not have to:
“The other thing that we fought for was the recognition that when the Coronavirus pandemic hit, you had some people, and I don’t begrudge them from doing this, but you had some people working for different companies or whatever, they would just work on Zoom from their bedroom or from their living room.
“Well, the people that wear the uniform did not have that luxury. They were out there every single day. Our police, our fire, our EMTs, they were out there every single day. They had to work more than they ever have.”
Gov. Ron DeSantis traveled has announced $1,000 one-time bonuses for first responders in Florida, including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters across the state: https://t.co/BKZbxEfdhB
— The Argus Foundation (@ArgusFoundation) May 6, 2021
Gov. DeSantis said that police not only had to work during the pandemic keeping the country safe, but they had to face violence and hatred while doing so:
“(Police) not only had to deal with protecting us when the pandemic hit, but then, obviously, how the police were treated last year in many parts of the country which was a total disgrace.”
BONUS FOR THE BLUE: First Responders in Florida will get $1,000 'bonuses' courtesy of the Florida Legislature and federal COVID Relief cash.
Governor DeSantis kicked off the money tour in Brevard County today. https://t.co/gU1NNgZYBv
— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) May 5, 2021
Recognizing the service the officers and other first responders provide to the community, the Governor asked the legislature to provide a bonus to them, saying Florida always has the back of law enforcement:
“They (police) had to put the uniform on. Yes, they knew the State of Florida had their back and I think we did much better in Florida, but if you look at what a lot of these police officers are dealing with now, it’s terrible.
“So, I thought it was important to recognize the service, to recognize the sacrifice.”
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