During a press conference on Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed President Joe Biden over his handling of the continually growing crisis at the southern border.
"Why don't you do your job? Why don't you get this border secure? And until you do that, I don't wanna hear a blip about COVID from you, thank you," said DeSantis.
In the same press conference DeSantis also slammed Biden's hypocritical stance on not requiring voter ID, but supporting the requirement of having to show medical documents to live a normal life.
"So his vision is, just like in New York City, restaurants should ban young kids from being able to go in because they're not eligible for vaccination, and law abiding citizens have to produce proof of their medical records just to go to the gym, or attend an event, or just to participate in everyday society," said DeSantis.
"He wants that but yet if you want to vote, he thinks it's too much of a burden to show a picture ID when you’re voting. So no voter ID, but have to show your medical papers just to be able to live in everyday life? Give me a break," he added.
"And so I think the question is, we can either have a free society or we can have a biomedical security state. And I can tell you Florida, we're a free state. People are going to be free to choose to make their own decisions about themselves, about their families," DeSantis concluded.
Since February, historic numbers of migrants have crossed into the United States across the southern border. In June, 188,829 people were apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol officers, according to CBP data.
So far this year, 1,119,204 people have been apprehended, far surpassing the spike seen in 2019, with a total of 977,509 people being apprehended during the entire year.
The comment comes after Biden on Tuesday addressed DeSantis' ban on mask mandates in his state as hospitalizations in Florida rise to surpass historic levels.
"Look, we need leadership from everyone. If some governors aren't willing to do the right thing to beat this pandemic, then they should allow businesses and universities who want to do the right thing to be able to do it," Biden said, according to the Miami Herald. "I say to these governors please help. But if you are not going to help, at least get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. Use your power to save lives."