Guest hosting for Sean Hannity last night, Dan Bongino broke down the inexplicable truth that Florida's anti-lockdown is as effective as California and New York's complete lockdowns in curbing coronavirus spread.
Bongino said that "Millions of Americans travel to Florida for the warm weather," noting that this year, the reasons are even more stark. Restaurants are open, and "Florida is open for business."
"Despite strict lockdown measures," Bongino said, Michigan and New York are "increasing lockdown measures and destroying businesses in an idiotic attempt to battle the pandemic."
Bongino spoke to Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie. They tackled the mainstream media's fury over Trump's tweeting about Florida doing well amid the pandemic, and dug into some of the absurdities that so many state governments have authorized.
Michigan, New York, and California are only a few of the states whose leadership has destroyed their economies through lockdowns that haven't made a difference in terms of case counts.
Dave Rubin tweeted from Florida that he actually went to a restaurant, and people actually served him a meal.
Florida's COVID-19 restrictions have prioritized the health of citizens alongside the health of their businesses. It's a decision that has kept the Sunshine state in similar—or better—COVID-19 conditions than states like New York, California, and Pennsylvania while keeping businesses open and active.
The New York Post's Karol Markowitz also noticed the absurdity of New York's lockdowns while Florida is open for business, and not suffering disproportionate COVID case counts.
Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis said that keeping businesses open has been a priority of his as cases around the country continued to spike in early December.
"At a time when folks in our service industries, particularly restaurants, lodging and hospitality have kind of taken it on the chin, particularly in other states where they've been completely shut down, we just want to send the message, some may want to shut you down. We want to pull you up," DeSantis said.
"We've got your back if you're a waitress or a cook or a family-owned business. You're an important part of our state. You're working folks who are working hard to make a living. You have every right to do that, and you can take it to the bank—in the state of Florida, you're going to have that right defended by the governor."
So far, DeSantis has made good on his promise.
Florida executive order 20-224 prohibits local governments from restricting restaurant and food services to less than 50 per cent capacity. Moreover, where occupancy restrictions do exist, officials must qualify the economic impact of the restriction and detail why the requirement serves the interest of public health.
It's a stark contrast from more stringent lockdown requirements in other states. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health laid out a requirement for universal face coverings in November, requiring citizens to wear masks inside their homes and around family members.
In New York, travelers into the state must either undergo a fourteen-day quarantine or test negative for COVID-19 before they can be considered safe for the public. And in California, Governor Gavin Newsom's regional stay at home order banned outdoor dining and private gatherings of any size when it went into effect on Dec. 3.
But oddly enough, Florida, which has adopted none of these measures, has rates of COVID-19 infections lower to or roughly equal of a number of these states. Despite its size as the third most populated state in the Union, Florida ranks 25th on the CDC's daily case tracker.
It's a statistic that brings into question the effectiveness of lockdowns and raises the question that's been at the heart of COVID-19 restrictions: is it worth it?