Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been praising his COVID response for over a year. But with cases now surging in Florida, the governor is now focused creating a culture war around the virus than doing anything to keep his constituents safe.
Rick Scott, a senator from the state, is taking a similar approach to that of DeSantis. He told Fox News Bret Baier on Sunday that Floridians don’t like being told what to do.
“Just give us good information,” said Scott. “Americans are smart. They will make good decisions for their families, and we can’t go back to fear, fear that kills jobs, fear that shuts down schools, fear that slows everything down, because it hurts all families. Here’s what I believe we ought to do at every level of government. Let’s be honest. If you feel comfortable, get the vaccine. If you don’t fear how you’re going to keep yourself safe — that’s what I believe we ought to be doing and I’m going to do everything I can to tell people, you know, that I’ve been comfortable with the vaccine. I had Covid, I don’t want anybody to get Covid.”
Sen. Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, with the richest quote from all the Sunday shows so far:
"Here's what I think government ought to do: Give us good information. Since COVID started it's been all political. Just give us good information." pic.twitter.com/fZA2YuqYnx
— The Recount (@therecount) August 8, 2021
When asked by Baier if Republicans should be doing more to encourage vaccinations, the senator answered, “I hope no one else gets sick. I’ve been blessed. I’ve got grandkids. I don’t want any of them to get sick. So be careful, but let people make their choices. This is not a country where we need people telling us what to do.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.