Florida Governor Ron DeSantis shredded pro-lockdown liberals during a speech Wednesday in which he claimed that his state had chosen ‘freedom over Fauci-ism.’
As Fox News reports:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a wide-ranging speech on Wednesday in which he emphasized to social conservatives the need to combat “smear” campaigns and touted his stance against lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking during a religious liberty summit hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), he argued that politicians need to do more than embrace a checklist of conservative positions. He said they should “have the backbone and the wherewithal to be willing to stand for those right things when the going gets tough, when the lights get hot, when people are throwing stuff at you and are trying to smear you. That is really where I think the rubber meets the road.”
ADF is a conservative law firm known for bringing high-profile religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court, including the controversy over a Christian florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony.
As the Supreme Court ended its term, it declined to hear that case and prompted disappointment among some. Although conservatives saw some wins in the court’s most recent term, many have also criticized the court for not going further in championing religious ‘liberty – something DeSantis echoed in his speech.
DeSantis has seen his star rise in recent months as more and more Republicans notice his bold leadership style and refusal to bow down the radical left.