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Fla. Gov. DeSantis: Lockdowns were a ‘huge mistake’

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Gov. DeSantis spoke about the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers converting the convention center into a field hospital with 400 regular hospital beds and 50 ICU beds, with the ability to scale up to 1,000 beds if needed, as the region prepares for a possible surge of coronavirus patients. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Gov. DeSantis spoke about the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers converting the convention center into a field hospital with 400 regular hospital beds and 50 ICU beds, with the ability to scale up to 1,000 beds if needed, as the region prepares for a possible surge of coronavirus patients.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke during a press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:55 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) admitted the lockdowns, including in his own state, were a huge mistake.

In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times, DeSantis said everyone wanted to reduce the damage from the virus, but none of the lockdowns worked to slow the spread.

After the initial 30 day lockdown, DeSantis allowed Florida to fully reopen in September. According to reports, Florida is doing the same if not better than states still under lockdown. Reports even say Florida’s economy is booming compared to states like California and New York.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, DeSantis criticized the federal government for horrific messaging on coronavirus safety.

“So my view is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you are immune, and so act immune,” DeSantis stated. “If you tell people the opposite then why if it’s not effective for them and it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point in going through it.”

DeSantis went on to say states continuing lockdowns are making a destructive blunder.

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