Americans Horrified And Distressed By Ron DeSantis’ Proposal For FL Civilian Military Force That Would Be Completely Under His Control

Well, this is disturbing.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is asking for millions of taxpayer funds to create his own civilian military force, separate from the existing National Guard. CNN reports that the Republican Governor seems “to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.” All National Guard members must be vaccinated, so perhaps this is just DeSantis once again being on COVID’s side of the battle.

“DeSantis pitched the idea Thursday as a way to further support the Florida National Guard during emergencies, like hurricanes,” the outlet reports. “The Florida National Guard has also played a vital role during the pandemic in administering Covid-19 tests and distributing vaccines.”

U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist, running to unseat DeSantis, called DeSantis’ civilian military force his own “handpicked secret police.”

There have been 3.69 million COVID-19 cases in Florida, yet somehow, this guy’s focus is on a civilian-military force. DeSantis claims it’s needed to respond to events in Florida in a practical way, but the pandemic is here now, so I’m not following his train of thought. He’s saying this is for future events when he should be dealing with the pandemic right now.

‘But in a nod to the growing tension between Republican states and the Biden administration over the National Guard, DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be “not encumbered by the federal government,”‘ CNN reports. “He said this force would give him “the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.” DeSantis is proposing bringing it back with a volunteer force of 200 civilians, and he is seeking $3.5 million from the state legislature in startup costs to train and equip them.”


This didn’t go down well on Twitter.

Is being a sociopath a requirement to join the Republican party these days?

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