OPINION (Thomas Kennedy): Ron DeSantis Is an Authoritarian

Ron DeSantis increasingly acts like an authoritarian rather than a governor elected by a razor-thin margin of about 30,000 votes. We are seeing the end of a legislative session that can only be described as a direct assault on Floridians.

Republicans in the state legislature passed bills that bully trans kids that want to play sports, criminalize protesting, suppress the right to vote, raised sales taxes for consumers, and blocked raising unemployment benefits for those who are still struggling through the pandemic.

While doing nothing to better the lives of Floridians, DeSantis and his acolytes were busy trying to distract the public by passing a silly and likely unconstitutional bill going after social media companies for “deplatforming” candidates running statewide in the state.

OPINION: Ron DeSantis Is an Authoritarian

Authoritarian DeSantis

Ron DeSantis has enlisted the Florida GOP to make Florida more like Venezuela and Cuba–a state with an authoritarian leader who restricts the citizens’ rights to vote and protest.

Aaron Parnas on Twitter: “Ron DeSantis has enlisted the Florida GOP to make Florida more like Venezuela and Cuba–a state with an authoritarian leader who restricts the citizens’ rights to vote and protest. We must defeat him at all costs.” / Twitter

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They are openly embarrassingly antidemocratic by leading the nation in voter suppression. The measures are designed to kill the Black vote and other minorities by making voting by mail and vote delivery difficult for the many people who voted by mail in 2020.

FL Legislature approves GOP voting reforms; critics call for governor to veto | Florida Phoenix

The League of Women Voters of Florida, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, and the Fair Elections Center reacted swiftly to the final vote on the bill, all denouncing it and calling on DeSantis to veto it. League of Women Voters President Patricia Brigham called it a “terrible piece of legislation.” “The bill’s sweeping changes will undoubtedly make it harder for Floridians to cast their ballot, with a disproportionate impact on elderly voters, voters with disabilities, students and communities of color,” Brigham wrote in a statement. “Since the start of the 2021 legislative session, the League has cautioned legislators that making these types of changes to our election process will have consequential impacts on voters. Not only has a detrimental piece of legislation passed, but it was done in an undemocratic way, and the public’s voice was silenced.”

FL Legislature approves GOP voting reforms; critics call for governor to veto | Florida Phoenix

DeSantis COVID-19 Anti-Passport Policy–Hurts Tourism and Business

Many businesses need a carnivores passport style ID in order to effectively do business over the long haul. The cruise line business is one of them. Another is air travel. These alone bring millions of people here to Florida. Local businesses–hotels, beaches and clubs–will feel better with a lot of people with vaccine ID’s. Universities can’t operation without guarantees.

DeSantis ‘anti-riot’ law launches civil rights fight in FL | Miami Herald

Already, Florida lawmakers have assaulted and trampled the U.S. Constitution during this legislative session like the state hasn’t seen since Jim Crow days. Every bill, every strategy was already cooked, party-ready, at the behest of the state’s maximum leader, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

When he quacks like a fascist, the GOP choir, from Miami to Tallahassee, applauds him with fervor.

DeSantis’ ‘anti-riot’ law launches civil rights fight in FL | Miami Herald

More on Systemic Racism

The Herald interviewed a dozen elected officials from the greater Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville areas, where FEMA worked with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to establish vaccination sites in March.

All the officials told the Herald that the state did not make early, systematic efforts to advertise the sites. Often local leaders found out about the sites just a week before they opened, leaving them scrambling to develop outreach plans.

FEMA COVID vaccine sites failed Black Floridians | Miami Herald