Despite Democrats’ attempts to backpedal their Covid shutdowns and fearmongering, the American people haven’t forgotten their radical abuses of power (as evidenced by how close New Yorkers came to electing a Republican governor after the Covid-era malfeasance of the state’s Democrat leaders). But voters also haven’t forgotten who pushed back against the insanity.
From governors who fought to keep their state economies open to senators who pushed to hold Covid bureaucrats accountable, many major figures who stood up to Covid tyrants were rewarded by their constituents at the ballot box on Tuesday.
Sen. Rand Paul
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who was reelected on Tuesday with 61 percent of the Bluegrass State’s vote, frequently grilled Dr. Anthony Fauci on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director’s Covid lies. As early as June 2020, Paul was demanding to know why children were not allowed to return to in-person learning.
During the summer of 2021, Paul questioned Fauci about the origins of Covid-19, engaging “in a heated debate about NIH [the National Institutes of Health] sending taxpayer money to the lab that researched bat-based illnesses and was investigated as a potential cause of the coronavirus pandemic.” Fauci denied that the NIH was funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, and Paul was smeared by corporate media outlets like The Washington Post, which gave him two Pinocchios for highlighting “ample evidence that the NIH and the NIAID, under [Fauci’s] direction, funded gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” Details emerged in September 2021, however, indicating that Fauci’s agency did in fact fund gain-of-function research, vindicating Paul and contradicting Fauci’s testimony under oath.
Sen. Ron Johnson
Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who beat out Democrat challenger Mandela Barnes to keep his Senate seat, also stood up to the Covid fearmongering during the height of the Wuhan virus insanity, particularly regarding Covid shots. For questioning vaccine mandates, highlighting some Americans’ adverse reactions to vaccines, and discussing potential Covid cures deemed unacceptable by the corporate media, the Wisconsin senator was smeared as “fundamentally dangerous.” In November 2021, when he posted a video on his YouTube page featuring “a panel on vaccine-related injuries,” his page was temporarily suspended for the fifth time, and the video was declared to be “Covid misinformation.”
Johnson kept the pressure on Big Tech, calling out tech companies’ attempts to silence opposing viewpoints that were critical of Covid tyrants, as Federalist Staff Writer Evita Duffy explains. Instead of submitting to these oligarchs, “he rose to the challenge, grilling executives at Twitter, Meta, YouTube, and TikTok for election interference, censoring substantiated information related to Covid.”
Senator-Elect Eric Schmitt
The newly-elected senator of Missouri, Eric Schmitt, pushed back against vaccine mandates as the state’s attorney general, blasting such mandates as a way to “accumulate, aggregate, and maintain power.”
“People can make these very important decisions themselves, and I don’t want to live in some futuristic, dystopian, biomedical security state,” the then-attorney general explained. “I’m going to do everything I can as attorney general to protect the rights of individuals in this state.”
And Schmitt did just that. In November 2021, he led 11 states in filing a lawsuit to stop the federal vaccine mandate issued under President Joe Biden. He explained that the mandate would “decimate” local businesses, along with thousands of businesses that could be “negatively affected by this mandate.” The Biden administration’s mandate for private businesses was ultimately struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gov. Ron DeSantis
From early in the Covid pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed the narrative of the Covid fearmongers, from vaccine and mask mandates to lockdowns. For quickly moving to reopen the Sunshine State, allowing in-person learning and normal social activity, corporate media painted DeSantis as a villain. But by February 2021, roughly a year into the Covid crisis, his state’s death rate was half that of locked-down New York, the state that forced nursing homes to house Covid-infected patients.
DeSantis also stood up to the vaccine tyrants. By executive order and then by signing legislation, DeSantis banned Covid vaccine “passports” in Florida. He also pushed back on efforts to give the Covid jab to healthy babies and children. “The White House is bragging that we’re the only country that is trying to do mRNA shots for infants,” the governor said during a press conference earlier this year.
“There’s nothing wrong with being the lone ranger if you’re right, but the other countries in Europe that are going a different direction, similar to the direction Florida’s gone, they have been right on Covid way more than [Dr. Anthony] Fauci and his crew have been throughout this whole thing,” DeSantis explained. His courageous actions and stance on individual freedom were well received by Floridians, who reelected him in a landslide on Tuesday.
Gov. Kristi Noem
Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota famously kept her state open during all of the Covid hysteria, and banned government entities from requiring vaccine documentation (though she earned criticism when she stopped short of enabling her state legislature to pass a ban on vaccine requirements from private businesses). In addition, Noem vowed to take “every action available” to fight a federal vaccine mandate, and South Dakota joined the lawsuit led by A.G. Schmitt to stop the mandate.
The South Dakota governor was reelected handily and holds a 57 percent approval rating.