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Gov. DeSantis returns to Fox News to lob fresh bombs at the Biden administration

By: - April 18, 2021 8:48 pm

Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News on April 18, 2021. Source: Screenshot/Fox News

Gov. Ron DeSantis went on Fox News again Sunday to criticize the Biden administration over its immigration policy and promote his own initiatives against Big Tech, vaccine passports, unruly demonstrations and more.

On “Sunday Morning Futures,” the governor cited President Joe Biden’s executive orders dismantling former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, including separating migrant children from their parents.

The governor, who raised his national profile on Fox while still in Congress, has returned to the platform repeatedly since Trump’s defeat.

On Sunday, he said Biden’s policy would return criminal aliens to the nation’s streets and waved aside arguments that Biden is merely invoking prosecutorial discretion and targeting the most dangerous offenders.

“These are the most dangerous folks. They are criminal convicted aliens,” DeSantis said.

The governor said he is looking forward to signing legislation that would criminalize participation in any demonstration if violence breaks out and that would sanction social media and other technology companies that he and fellow Republicans accuse of censoring conservative speech.

And he defended legislation he is pushing that would make it harder to cast absentee ballots.

And although DeSantis has taken the Biden administration to court in a bid to get ocean cruise ships operating again out of Florida ports, he criticized the companies’ plans to require passengers to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID.

“But we also don’t think they should be able to require your personal health information in that regard,” the governor said.

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Michael Moline
Michael Moline

Michael Moline has covered politics and the legal system for more than 30 years. He is a former managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal and former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal. He began his career covering the Florida Capitol for United Press International. More recently, he wrote for Florida Politics.