New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may have most of the mainstream media wrapped around his finger, but unfortunately for him, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is not interested in being so obliging.
Recently, Cuomo announced that he was considering requiring people traveling from Florida to New York to quarantine for 14 days as case numbers rise in the Sunshine state:
Cuomo called the move, which he is still mulling, a “full 180,” after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis required people traveling from New York to Florida to quarantine in late March, Sun Sentinel sister paper The New York Daily News reported Thursday.
“If you went to Florida, you had to quarantine for two weeks because they were afraid that New Yorkers were bringing the virus to their state,” Cuomo said Thursday, according to the Daily News. “You want to talk about a full 180. Fast forward a 100 days, now we’re afraid they’re bringing the virus to our state.”
It should be noted that at the time DeSantis made the decision in March to quarantine visiting New Yorkers, Cuomo was outraged and said he would “look into” it, insinuating that he may sue. The lawsuit never happened, but the jabs between the two governors have continued throughout the entirety of the outbreak, a rivalry at least partially brought on by the media’s biased coverage of how Cuomo has handled the outbreak in his state versus how DeSantis has handled it in his.
In a rare Saturday news conference, DeSantis, a Republican, made reference to a now-adjusted policy that Cuomo, a Democrat, had pushed, which allowed nursing homes to admit COVID-19 patients despite how vulnerable the elderly population has been to the virus. DeSantis was an outspoken critic of the decision: in his state, nursing homes refused to admit residents who had tested positive.
“I think governors are going to do what they need to do,” DeSantis said. “I would just ask them if that’s done, just please do not quarantine any Floridians in the nursing homes in New York.”
FLORIDA: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a swipe at Gov. Cuomo, saying that if he imposes a quarantine on Florida visitors, “just please do not quarantine any Floridians in the nursing homes in New York.” pic.twitter.com/r64jPIhRmY
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) June 21, 2020
DeSantis just totally bodied Cuomo. pic.twitter.com/eihK5IWpfK
— The Meturgeman (@HaMeturgeman) June 21, 2020
The only thing missing from that video clip was the sound of a mic dropping. Total beast mode. Cuomo deserved it, too, considering everything he’s gotten away with.