Florida governor Ron DeSantis has taken a hard line on the coronavirus pandemic, openly criticizing boosters and generally rejecting the laxer stance taken by President Donald Trump.
DeSantis has lambasted those who are throwing parties or failing to wear masks, warned against complacency and emphasized the need to adhere to social distancing. He has been more outspoken than Trump on mask wearing, made it clear that businesses like bars and restaurants should not be reopening too quickly, and he has implemented a more cautious approach to reopening, sparked in part by the startling surge in cases in places like Arizona and Texas.
DeSantis’ stauncher policy choices have won praise from public health experts who argue that he is taking a more serious stance on the pandemic than the president. His approach has been applauded for potentially saving lives and avoiding more extreme measures down the line. However, it also risks upsetting the president’s base and opposing the more relaxed approach advocated by the White House.