‘You’re not a dictator’: Florida Gov DeSantis calls out other governors for ‘draconian’ lockdowns and says ‘people have rights’

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Gov Ron DeSantis slammed lockdowns in other states in an interview Thursday

‘If you look around the country, there have been examples of really draconian, arbitrary restrictions that have nothing to do with public health,’ he said

‘You’re not a dictator, you don’t have unlimited authority, and people do have rights,’ he added in a message to fellow governors

DeSantis said that Florida’s COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t been as bad as other states because ‘we trusted the people to act appropriately’

Florida’s stay-at-home order was less restrictive than those in many other states

DeSantis began rolling back restrictions earlier this month

On Thursday he announced that some businesses in the hard-hit Miami area will be allowed to reopen

Florida Gov Ron DeSantis tore into other governors who have ordered ‘draconian’ lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday as he took further steps to reopen his own state. ‘You’re not a dictator, you don’t have unlimited authority, and people do have rights,’ DeSantis said in an interview with Fox & Friends. He made the comments after being asked if he thinks ‘some of these governors that are just doing a one-size-fits-all for the entire state’ are ‘being too strict and going too far.’ ‘I don’t think any governor has the authority to restrict anyone unless there’s a direct relationship to combating this virus,’ DeSantis replied. ‘If you look around the country, clearly there have been examples of really draconian, arbitrary restrictions that have nothing to do with public health, like you can’t plant a seed in your front yard in your garden, you can’t walk around the neighborhood with your daughter or something like that.’ ‘Some of this stuff I think has devolved into social control. I think absolutely it’s gotten out of hand.’

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