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Commentary: DeSantis Says No Way To Defunding Police, Gives $1,000 Bonus To Florida Police Officers




If the Republican Party has any chance of taking back the White House in 2024, they need to take a page from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ’playbook and push against the radical left.

The Republican governor stood up to the bullies of COVID-19 already practically predicted an event of mass extinction when he decided to reopen his state and revive its economy during the pandemic – a step that put him in political krushairs even as the Floridians prospered.

DeSantis has continued to advance a conservative agenda, including recently law against disorder which increases penalties for crimes committed during civil unrest, provides legal protection for drivers forced to make their way through a riot disturbance, and prevents state assistance from any locality who pushed to damn the police.

Today, the governor announced another step that will simultaneously send the left to the scale of righteous anger while showing strong support for the group in America that is oppressed, abused and maligned: police officers.

On Wednesday, DeSantis announced a $ 1,000 bonus for first responders in his state including firefighters, paramedics, and police officers who were on the job during the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News reported

“I asked the legislator in this legislative session, we need to make bonuses for law enforcement,” DeSantis said at a news conference. “Some want to defund the police, we fund the police, and then some,” he said.

DeSantis made the announcement surrounded by first responders and law enforcement members while on a platform with a smart placard that read, “DEFUND THE POLICE” with a circle automatically crossed with a line on through it.

According to WESH-TV, the governor’s office said the bonus will come from the rescue plan passed by Congress and distributed to the states.

This recognition for more than 174,000 first responders in Florida is significant as monetary compensation for those who did not evade their duties during the pandemic.

But more importantly, the bonuses send the message that DeSantis supported his state’s first responders, especially as many other American leaders are calling for law enforcement officers to be fired.

Death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, sentiment against the police exploded largely because of the Black Lives Matter movement.

An idea that previously seemed irrational – if not completely unthinkable – has surprisingly been adopted by some municipalities even as their streets are plagued by violence and chaos.

Predictably, cities like New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and others are experiencing violent crime is on the rise and murder rates that coincide with this push to lay off the police.

Whether they actually went through the measures or not, the message to cities is strong and clear – police officers should be trusted and disliked on the city streets.

The narrative poisoned every interaction between a white police officer and a suspected minority and immediately assumed a racially charged rusting – and any use of a police weapons in the course of such an interaction is automatically considered murder.

Officers are subject to abuse of members of the public who now feel the courage to treat officers with disrespect and suspicion even when uniformed heroes are willing to risk their own lives for those who mistreat them.

But few GOP politicians have the courage to stand up for police officers and reward them publicly for their service.

Even South Carolina Sen. Tim Scottthe controversial rejection of President Joe Biden’s statement in Congress along with talks about police reform effectively embracing the left’s premise about law enforcement being somehow flawed.

Politicians see police rhetoric as popular in waking up on the left, but they need to understand the rest of America that police in their neighborhood want to maintain an orderly, safe society for all.

DeSantis seems to be making all the right moves as he takes conventional wisdom as standard guide Republicans towards taking whatever the agenda of the left and pouring it out to make it more enjoyable to their base (or at least that’s what they think).

The Florida governor is on point with coronavirus lockdowns, mask mandates, anti -riot measures, and now supporting first responders.

With a resume like this, he could easily knock out the RINOs on the way to the White House if he decides to run in 2024.

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.


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