Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) questioned America’s political relationship with Australia, calling out its totalitarian clampdown on citizens over Covid-19 restrictions.
Speaking at the International Boatbuilders Exhibition (IBEX) in Tampa on Tuesday, DeSantis, 43, said America should re-examine its alliance with the island continent in light of its suspension of freedom.
“You know, you guys, look what’s going on in Australia right now,” he said.
“You know, they’re enforcing, after a year and a half, they’re still enforcing lockdowns by the military.”
The land down under is “not a free country at all,” DeSantis said, prompting him to question the nation’s diplomatic ties with the US.
“In fact, I mean, I wonder why we would still have the same diplomatic relations when they’re doing that,” he added.
The Trump-supporting governor, who has banned vaccine passports and face masks in his state, also worried Australia has less freedom than that of communist China.
“Is Australia freer than China, communist China, right now? I don’t know.”
“The fact that that’s even a question tells you something has gone dramatically off the rails with some of this stuff.”
DeSantis began his speech by slamming Dr. Anthony Fauci’s lockdown orders, saying Floridians like being outdoors.
“I can tell you, especially growing up in Florida, this idea that Fauci says, ‘Stay in your house and never leave,’ – that is so disruptive to people’s overall wellbeing. The fact that we had people out fishing, boating, doing all that stuff was much better off for our state and for the people and their individual circumstances.”
In recent months, Australians have found themselves living under tyranny almost on par with that of ruthlessly authoritarian North Korea, as elite bureaucrats send police to crack down on mask offenders and anti-lockdown protesters.