- FACT: Other GOP states (TX) are still causing economic hardship with their distancing masking hoax to this day.
Under DeSantis, Florida shied away from economic lockdowns and strict gathering limits, in contrast to other states, led by Democratic and Republican governors, that used both tools to mitigate the health risks posed by a pandemic that is nearly a year old. As a result, Florida has seen an influx of new residents, and its economy has been more resilient than in other states.
Crucially, there is no proof that Floridians suffered remarkably more from the coronavirus than people in states that took the opposite approach.
“Florida got it right, and the lockdown states got it wrong,” DeSantis said to open his CPAC speech, the first of Friday’s session.