Ron DeSantis calls for Florida state military guard he would control

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he would recommend $3.5 million in his state budget to re-establish a military guard that would respond to him.

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Mr DeSantis said the State Guard will be a civilian volunteer force that can assist the National Guard on state-specific emergencies.

“The funding will include necessary training, equipment and other support tasks for up to 200 members who can assist in responding to hurricanes, natural disasters and other state emergencies,” he said. “We want to be able to have a rapid response capability and re-establishing the Florida State Guard will allow citizens across the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and have the ability to mobilize a lot,” he told a news conference on Thursday. Very early.”


Florida State Guard was established in 1941 As the Florida Defense Force when the National Guard was in federal service during World War II. It was dissolved after the end of the war in 1947.

Mr DeSantis, who is set to be re-elected in 2022, is considered as a possible 2022 presidential candidate. Democrats in the state were quick to criticize DeSantis’ approach. Rep. Charlie Crist, himself a former governor, criticized the move.

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“No governor should have his own chosen secret police,” Mr Krist tweeted.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the state’s only statewide elected Democrat, implicated the move by communist regimes such as Cuba and Venezuela, from where many of Florida’s Latino population migrated.

“Can’t believe I have to say this but Florida doesn’t need a paramilitary force that just responds to @RonDeSantisFL,” she tweeted. “Millions of Floridians know what it’s like to live under such a regime – and come to our kingdom to avoid them. It must be stopped.”

Mr DeSantis also used the incident to say he wanted to build a dam against the Biden administration’s policies on immigration and also called on a federal judge to block the administration’s vaccine mandates for health care workers in 10 states. praised.

“It’s on hold all over the country and that means thousands and thousands of jobs are going to be lost,” he said. Mr DeSantis also signed legislation last month to allow workers to opt out of the coronavirus vaccine mandate.

Mr. DeSantis has taken a decidedly more relaxed approach to COVID-19 than his other Republican governors.


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