Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used a speech Wednesday to issue a clarion call to the Right and remind them of the forces arrayed against them. He also hit Anthony Fauci, hard.

FNC: “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a wide-ranging speech on Wednesday in which he emphasized to social conservatives the need to combat ‘smear’ campaigns and touted his stance against lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Speaking during a religious liberty summit hosted by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), he argued that politicians need to do more than embrace a checklist of conservative positions. He said they should ‘have the backbone and the wherewithal to be willing to stand for those right things when the going gets tough, when the lights get hot, when people are throwing stuff at you and are trying to smear you. That is really where I think the rubber meets the road.’

ADF is a conservative law firm known for bringing high-profile religious liberty cases before the Supreme Court, including the controversy over a Christian florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony. As the Supreme Court ended its term, it declined to hear that case and prompted disappointment among some. Although conservatives saw some wins in the court’s most recent term, many have also criticized the court for not going further in championing religious ‘liberty – something DeSantis echoed in his speech.”

“I would say that judges as well – particularly these Article III judges – they need to show some fortitude and do what’s right,” he said. “You should take cases that are important to this country,” DeSantis added. “You should be willing to resolve issues of law that are going to have a significant impact on people’s freedoms and constitutional liberties.”

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“You shouldn’t view this through a political lens where you don’t want to make a decision because you’re worried about certain blowback or you’re worried about what the media will say, or you’re worried about all of these extraneous factors,” DeSantis said, touching on a common perception of Chief Justice Roberts’ decisions.

“You take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and you need to be willing to do that without fear or favor and you need to be resolute, and you need to get the job done. Refusing to rule correctly or even to rule at all for fear of any type of extraneous consequences is cowardice, and we can’t have cowardly people in these positions at this moment in our history…When people [ask] what did you do in Florida?” DeSantis said. “I answer very shortly and clearly: Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism. I wasn’t about to let the state get Fauci’d.”

This piece was written by David Kamioner on July 16, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.

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