Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is of the mind that no one should lose their jobs over their unvaccinated status. It does seem rather foolish given the staffing problems many integral fields of work are having with staffing right now, but also because the virus the vaccine addresses has a 99 percent survival rate.
Of course, the mainstream media’s hatred of DeSantis forces them to view reality through a lens that distorts and bends it. Not only can the Republican governor do no right, but everything he does is also somehow malicious. It’s the line they tried to sell to the American people after DeSantis offered veteran police officers a $5,000 signing bonus to out-of-state police so they could get jobs in Florida.
According to the Daily Wire, the media’s line of attack was best summed up by MSNBC host Joy Reid who zeroed in on during “The Absolute Worst” segment of her show and claimed that he’s paying to bring COVID into his state by specifically hiring unvaccinated police officers:
Are you big on ordering people to comply, but you hate complying with health mandates yourself? Do you dream of arresting people’s ability to breathe while you arrest them? Well, pack up your potentially infectious self, your badge, and your gun, and come on down to Florida. Take this taxpayer bonus money and enjoy constant interactions with vulnerable senior citizens you can breathe on. Every breakthrough case and ICU admission is the virus of freedom spreading. And don’t forget your sunscreen.
She even claimed that DeSantis denied recruiting unvaccinated police despite “literally saying this on Fox News,” and followed it up with a clip of the Florida governor making it clear that “nobody should lose their jobs based off these injections.”
It should be pretty easy to spot that the quote Reid selected said nothing about specifically recruiting unvaccinated police, just that nobody should lose their job for not getting vaccinated.
The Daily Wire received a comment from DeSantis’s office that actually corrects the record. This plan to add to Florida’s thin blue line was actually suggested months ago before vaccine mandates were a topic of conversation:
“The facts speak for themselves: Governor DeSantis announced this initiative back in August at the Fraternal Order of Police conference, as part of a package of proposals to recruit law enforcement officers from out of state. Vaccine mandates weren’t part of the conversation back then, and vaccination status wasn’t mentioned at all in the governor’s announcement,” DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, told The Daily Wire.
DeSantis said himself that he wanted to give disaffected officers from places like New York and Seattle a place to land after having been abandoned or abused by their cities. Blue cities have become notorious for defunding their police, and those that remain are often forced to sit back and watch as criminals destroy their city.
Now on top of all of that, officers are in fear of having their livelihoods destroyed over their vaccination status. DeSantis’s plan doesn’t just help police officers looking for a better job after being abandoned by their cities, it also helps those who can’t or won’t cave to the vaccine mandates as well.
“Assume what they tell you is false and then figure out why they’re telling you a false narrative,” DeSantis said, addressing the lies of corporate media.
As the Daily Wire highlighted, many officers are incredibly grateful to DeSantis for the way his state values its police officers compared to the way other states treat them. One officer from New York summed it up well:
“I was only in the NYPD for about two years. When I was there, I realized very quickly that the job is not what I expected — only because I wanted to do all these things to help people, but the tools and the laws that were set in front of me did not allow me to do so,” said Officer Matt Spoto, who was recruited from the Big Apple to Lakeland, Florida.
He said he could hardly believe a recruiter’s tales about the radically different way Florida values its peace officers compared to liberal New York City. “He said that you could park your police vehicles in front of your house — and to me, I thought that was mind blowing. I used to have to lie about what I used to do,” he said. “I used to have to tell people I was like a bartender, because I was, it was almost like I was ashamed to be a law enforcement officer.”
So not only did the media effectively lie about DeSantis’s intent, they lied about the time frame as well. Moreover, they’re not covering the primary reason behind the hiring practice and the reaction from officers like the one above.
As of now, fact-checking outlets have not addressed Reid’s claims, including the Associated Press which has so diligently policed conservative news outlets such as RedState.