BRANDON, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a package of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate bills into law Thursday in Brandon, Florida – a thinly veiled jab at President Biden.
In a rebuke to the White House, the legislative package prevents some workers from being required to get vaccinated. Employers will be required to allow exemptions including, but not limited to health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; and past recovery from COVID-19.
“We were here to celebrate a great city in the state of Florida, a freedom city, and it’s important that when you have the federal government overreaching, like Joe Biden’s doing, that we signed legislation to protect Floridians,” DeSantis told Fox News. “Doing it here in Brandon I think is especially meaningful because I think people here really appreciate it,”
The phrase “Let’s go, Brandon” exploded after an NBC reporter mistakenly used the phraseto describe a NASCAR crowd that was chanting “F— Joe Biden.”
Earlier in November, DeSantis dubbed the Biden administration the “Brandon administration” during a press conference in Palm Beach.
“As long as you continue to see these types of decisions – short sighted, reckless political decisions – without true understanding of consequences or the individual circumstances of the people their decisions are affecting, you will continue to see people pushing back,” Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican, told Fox News in an exclusive interview. “Whether that’s ‘let’s go, Brandon’ … or demonstrating it in a legal action to formally push back, I think you’ll continue to see that throughout this administration.”