Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he will propose $3.5 million in his state’s budget to re-establish a military guard that will answer for him.
DeSantis said the state guard would be a civilian volunteer force that could assist the National Guard in state-specific emergencies.
“This funding will cover the necessary training, equipment and other support functions for up to 200 members who can assist in responding to hurricanes, natural disasters and other emergencies. “We want to be able to have rapid response capabilities and the re-establishment of the Florida State Guard will allow civilians from across the state to receive training,” he said at a news conference on Thursday. Train the best emergency response techniques and be able to mobilize very, very quickly. ”
Florida State Guard was established in 1941 as the Florida Self-Defense Force when the National Guard served the union during World War II. It was disbanded in 1947 after the war ended.
Mr DeSantis, who will be re-elected in 2022, is seen as a potential 2024 presidential candidate. Democrats in the state were quick to criticize Mr. DeSantis’ approach. Representative Charlie Crist, himself a former governor, criticized the move.
“No Governor should have his or her own handpicked secret police,” Mr. Crist tweeted.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, implies a transition to communist regimes like those in Cuba and Venezuela, from which many of Florida’s Latinos have emigrated.
“Can’t believe I have to say this, but Florida doesn’t need a paramilitary force just reply to @RonDeSantisFL,” she tweeted. “Millions of Floridians know what life is like under regimes like these – and come to our state to escape them. This has to be stopped.”
Mr. DeSantis also used the event to say he wanted to create a bulwark against the Biden administration’s policies on immigration and also praised a federal judge for blocking the administration. Vaccination duties for medical staff in 10 states.
“That’s being maintained across the country and that means thousands upon thousands of jobs will end up being preserved,” he said. Mr. DeSantis also signed legislation last month to allow workers opt out of coronavirus vaccine mission.
Mr. DeSantis has taken a more relaxed approach to Covid-19 than his other Republican governors.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ron-desantis-florida-military-guard-b1969528.html Ron DeSantis Calls for the Defense of the Florida State Army He Will Control