Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told Black Lives Matter and Antifa to stay away from the state or “there will be consequences.”
DeSantis explained that he supports the First Amendment and peaceful protests, but will not tolerate rioters the way liberal states have.
“The minute you harm somebody else, or you harm somebody’s property, or you do these types of things, the only way we’re going to stop it is to have very swift penalties for it,” DeSantis stated during a press conference.
“You’ve seen in some of these cities, whenever there’s a little bit of unrest, literally there will be a U-Haul that just gets left there and there’s all this stuff in the back of it for these people to do all this stuff,” DeSantis said, referencing instances in which trucks of riot supplies were brought to protest areas.
The governor added that “we don’t want that coming to Florida. There’s a lot of places around this country that have not stood by law enforcement… and the tragedy of it is that you’re seeing crime spike in certain parts of our country like we haven’t seen in decades.”
DeSantis went on to explain that without public safety and order, you will see societal collapse.
“If you’re in Portland and think you can come down to Florida and do this — stay out of our state. We don’t want you coming down here and causing problems,” he said. DeSantis went on to explain that if people do come riot, there will be “swift and severe” consequences.
Earlier this week, DeSantis announced $1,000 bonuses for law enforcement officials in his state.
DeSantis said that “some want to defund the police. We’re funding the police… and then some.”
The bonuses will be given to all police officers, firefighters and first responders in the state, he announced on Wednesday during a press conference.
Gov. DeSantis Tells Unemployed Floridians To Start Looking For A Job
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told unemployed Floridians on Wednesday that May will be the last month that they can collect unemployment benefits without proof that they are seeking employment.
He said that now that the state has reopened, there is enough room for jobs and competent people need to “get off the government dole.”
“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that it’s temporary,” DeSantis reportedly said. “You need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment.”
“It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now — we have an abundance of job openings,” the GOP governor added.
“We absolutely can put more people to work. The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon,” he added.
Local reports earlier noted that Florida’s unemployment rate reached a peak of 13.8% during the months of Covid-19 related lockdowns in April 2020.
According to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, however, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7%in March, which is lower than the national average and includes about 475,000 workers out of a workforce of 10.7 million.
“I think now we’re in just a different situation, you have a surplus of jobs, particularly in restaurant, lodging, hospitality, that people want to hire,” De Santis said.
“I mean, you see the signs all over the place. Look, that’s a good problem to have. But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing. But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align, better.”