In July, Adam Weinstein of The New Republic wrote that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was leading Americans "on a Death March" by not embracing the same COVID-19 restrictions as many other US states.
"Keeping churches open—as well as beaches, restaurants, and dividend-yielding commerce—has been a big priority for Ron DeSantis," wrote Weinstein. "DeSantis has resisted calls from medical experts and Florida residents to return to quarantine measures or shutdowns of nonessential businesses."
Weinstein wrote that DeSantis, instead of listening to the experts, was simply encouraging residents to behave responsibly, which Weinstein called a "libertarian-dreamer gambit." Such an approach, he wrote, made DeSantis an accomplice to murder and perhaps even genocide.