Florida Republicans Lauded Reopening — Now Cases Are Skyrocketing

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WASHINGTON — Two months ago, Florida’s Republican leadership took a premature victory lap and reopened the Sunshine State. Since then, COVID-19 cases have surged to new heights — setting the nationwide single day record at more than 11,000 new cases. Hospitals are preparing for the worst and businesses are once again closing their doors. 

For months, GOP lawmakers scoffed at warnings from public health experts, boasting that the state had overcome the virus and celebrating the state’s reopening. Their reckless disregard for Floridians’ health and safety, unfortunately, is coming back to haunt them. Like many Republican officials across the country, Florida’s inept GOP leadership is learning all too late that science doesn’t care about political affiliation. Now Floridians are paying the price with their lives. 

 

 

 

“Where should Floridians go to get their apology from the GOP?” asked Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “Their ignorance of the grave danger that COVID-19 presents has directly caused case numbers to skyrocket. The safety of Floridians must be the utmost priority, and yet the Florida GOP has repeatedly demonstrated that they are incapable of responsible leadership.”