“Weak and Spineless”: Ron DeSantis Ranked Second-To-Last For His Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic
A Microsoft News poll shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tied for second-to-last in approval ratings on governors’ handling of the coronavirus crisis. DeSantis received a mere 53% compared to the average rating of 72%. The poll showed that the lowest rated governors, like DeSantis, were the ones who were slowest to act. It’s clear Americans want their governors to take decisive action against this virus.
DeSantis only issued a stay-at-home order this past Wednesday, but it might be too little too late, as the Governor let thousands of spring breakers flood the Florida beaches for weeks, possibly becoming “super-spreaders” that could tragically worsen the pandemic. DeSantis’ stay-at-home order doesn’t even mandate any business shutdowns, it just “encourages” businesses to telework and restaurants to offer delivery. One local official called the governor’s order “so weak and spineless I thought it was an April Fool’s joke.”
In addition to ignoring public health experts and letting the coronavirus run rampant in his state, DeSantis also tried to sneakily pass an executive order that allows him to overrule the localities on coronavirus restrictions, causing confusion among local officials.
“This poll just confirms what we already know – Americans want their governors to lead them through this crisis with swift, decisive action and clear communication,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Christina Amestoy. “Republicans and Democrats alike want to protect themselves and their family members from this dangerous disease. DeSantis needs to start listening to public health experts and issue stronger restrictions to protect Floridians.”