Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis brought some hopeful news to a Florida couple who was facing jail time over violating their county’s COVID restrictions when he told the couple on Fox News on Wednesday night that was going to pardon them and any other Floridian who has been charged with defying COVID rules such as social distancing and wearing masks.
In September, the governor lifted most of the state’s COVID restrictions. He also gave permission for gyms to reopen at full capacity and he blocked local governments from creating new restrictions that would shut down businesses, because, you know, America.
But Democrat-run Broward County, the 17th largest county in the United States, went ahead of created their own COVID restrictions on social distancing and wearing of masks for businesses, which became a problem for the former owners of Fitness 1440 in Plantation, Florida, Mike and Jillian Carnevale.
Mike Carnevale was arrested more than once by Broward County officials for not wearing a mask, according to WFOR-TV. On one of those occasions, back in August, he was arrested for setting up his gym equipment on his company’s parking lot and he would not ask his members to wear masks as reported by WTVJ-TV.
The couple told Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” show’s host Laura Ingraham that they have filed a lawsuit against the county’s mandate that forces citizens to wear masks during vigorous exercise and guess what? They were arrested 24 hours later. This is how totalitarians handle things like lawsuits that question their authority.
The Carnevales told Ingraham that they were arrested three times and they had their business seized. They said now they face 180 days in jail after they turned down a plea deal for 10 days in jail.
According to their attorney, Cory Strolla, who told Fox that they are dealing with an activist judge who insisted on jail time for not acting as an agent of the state by forcing people to wear masks while exercising.
DeSantis joined the couple and their attorney in an appearance on Ingraham’s show to shred the county’s “total overreach” and to let them know that he is going to pardon the couple and anyone else who gets charged with violating COVID restrictions like social distancing and wearing masks. We know it’s inevitable that the Woke Supremacy progressives will go ape over this decision but this is exactly what the power of the pardon is for; when people are abused by the government, the executive of said government has the right to call bs. And that’s what Governor DeSantis did.
“This is exactly what we ordered against last summer,” DeSantis said, pointing out that he “just recently” had been briefed on the couple’s case.
“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 going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority,” the governor said. I can see 2024 over DeSantis’ house.
The governor went on to explain that his action would “delay the case for 60 days against both of them” and said, “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.”
“The fact is, it’s not even right to be wearing masks when you’re exercising,” DeSantis added. “The World Health Organization advises against it. It’s not healthy to be doing that in the first place, so it was a bad restriction.”
“These things with health should be advisory, they should not be punitive,” the governor said.
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But the Democrats have elections every two years and they learned in 2020 that they can win those elections if they continually push the COVID narrative by arguing for mail-in ballots which was the greatest friend the Democrats ever had.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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