Florida Governor Ron DeSantis wasn’t holding back in his recent press conference on monkeypox and the actual threat of it, hitting the mainstream media and fake news peddlers as just trying to hype up the virus to make people afraid, pledging that Florida wouldn’t succumb to fear under his leadership.
Speaking on that in a speech in which he pledged that Florida officials would focus on the actual facts rather than the nonsense pushed by fear-peddlers in the media, Governor DeSantis reminded Floridians of how government officials, in the past, used both Covid and AIDS to promote hysteria, saying:
“I am so sick of politicians — and we saw this with COVID — trying to sow fear into the population… We had people calling, mothers worried about whether their kids could catch it at school. And we’re not gonna go back to like Fauci in the eighties where he was trying to tell families they were all gonna catch AIDS watching TV together.”
Continuing, DeSantis went on to pledge that his government wouldn’t succumb to that ridiculous hysteria, saying:
“We are not doing fear. And we are not going to go out and try to rile people up and try to act like people can’t live their lives as they’ve been normally doing because of something.”
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As most people don’t have anonymous orgies with strangers in bathhouses or wherever, that’s probably a reasonable policy: the average Joe isn’t going to get monkeypox by carrying on normally with life.
DeSantis then noted that other states are starting to declare “states of emergency” over what mainly seems to be an STD passed around promiscuous, gay men, saying that the real intent of such declarations is to let the governors and governments of those states declaring emergencies restrict the freedoms of citizens of those states in a way they otherwise would be unable to. In DeSantis’ words:
“You see some of these states declaring states of emergency. They’re going to abuse those emergency powers to restrict your freedom. I guarantee you that’s what will happen.”
Watch DeSantis here (about halfway into the video):
And DeSantis wasn’t the only one at the press conference to sound off on the topic of monkeypox fear-mongering. The Surgeon General of Florida, Joseph Lapado, did as well, blasting the media for its role in promoting the monkeypox hysteria and declaring that media outlets are “determined to make you afraid and do whatever it is they want you to do.”
Describing how they’re doing that, Lapado focused on the absurd monkeypox headlines of many media outlets, saying:
“It’s really been just kind of remarkable to see some of the headlines, and the headlines that very clearly are trying to make you afraid of monkeypox or fill in the blank, you know, because if you’re not afraid of this, there will be something else after that and something else after that.”
Indeed, and it’s good to see that Florida is showing the courage necessary to stand up to such fear-mongering and not back down.