(PatrioticPost.com)- Popular Republican Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, announced on Wednesday that he intends to issue pardons to Florida residents who have been charged with violating COVID-19 pandemic social distancing rules and mask mandates.
DeSantis, widely considered to be a potential 2024 presidential candidate or running mate for former President Donald Trump, announced his plans during a segment on the “Ingraham Angle” on Fox News. He appeared alongside Mike and Jilian Carnevale, a couple who have been arrested three times already and are now facing jail time for not requiring customers at their Broward County gym to wear masks.
“…I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on and I’m also glad to be on to be able to say that effective tomorrow morning I’m gonna to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,” the governor said during the segment.
“So that’ll delay the case for sixty days against both of them and then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons, not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing,” he continued.
The decision will have a profound effect on the lives of these two people targeted under strict COVID laws that infringed on the civil liberties of millions of Americans.
DeSantis added that it’s not right to force Americans to wear masks while exercising, and reminded viewers that even the World Health Organization advises against doing it. So why, exactly, are governors across America – Democrat governors, to be specific – requiring their states’ residents to do it?
“But these things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive. And so we’re happy to use our Constitutional authority. I think they’ve been treated poorly and fortunately they got a governor that cares,” he said.
Governor DeSantis also announced this month that children will no longer be required to wear masks in schools once they return to classrooms in the fall.