Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) says he won’t play a part in spreading fear over monkeypox potentially spreading.
He continued to say he would not let what happened with COVID to happen again with monkeypox.
“I am so sick of politicians, and we saw this with COVID, trying to sow fear into the population,” DeSantis said during a press conference. “We had people calling, mothers worried about whether their kids could catch it at schools.”
The media and Democrat elites are known for not letting a crisis go to waste and their push of fear was clearly seen during the first two years COVID was on the scene.
“We are not doing fear,” the governor continued. “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.”
Several Democrat-run states have threatened new restrictions over monkeypox, something that DeSantis hit back at.
Liberal Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) declared a state of emergency in New York. Both Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and California Gov. Gavin Newsom followed suit for their states.
“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,” DeSantis said.
RON DESANTIS ON MONKEYPOX: “Do not listen to their nonsense. I am so sick of politicians, and we saw this with COVID, trying to sow fear into the population." pic.twitter.com/TOHtorjxLh
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) August 3, 2022
Florida has 525 cases of confirmed monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records. New York has the most cases, with 1,500 and growing. California is in second place with 826.
The people most at risk of contracting and spreading the outbreak are sexually active gay men.
“As much as many people don’t want to accept this, it is primarily a sexually transmitted infection, just like herpes or syphilis,” Disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm said. “But not everyone gets it from sexually transmitted routes — for example: if you do have contaminated bedding or towels, or even physical contact.”
DeSantis became well-known for how he handled COVID restrictions. He pushed back on extreme government overreach that many states agreed to adopt.
His stance on monkeypox is not surprising and many freedom fighters are happy to see leadership promoting fewer government restrictions.