Nikki Fried Says She's not a COVID Lockdown 'Extremist' [VIDEO]

Nikki Fried Says She's not a COVID Lockdown 'Extremist' [VIDEO]

Fried and Crist are in a heated Democratic primary race

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
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August 14, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE—Agriculture Commissioner and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried is once again asserting her opposition to any future mask and vaccination mandates, taking issue with being referred to as a lockdown extremist.

During a rally her gubernatorial campaign held at an early voting location in East Fort Lauderdale, Commissioner Fried told The Floridian that if she was governor, she would not call or either a mask or vaccine mandate, if there was another COVID-19-like outbreak.

“No, and I have said that. I’ve said that, even when it came to vaccines, I’ve never asked for a mandate, I am not for extremes. One side wants banning the vaccines, the other wants mandates,” said Fried.

Fried also said that the “rhetoric” coming out of the DeSantis administration, accusing her of being an extremist for calling for lockdowns, was just “insane.”

Former DeSantis Spokeswoman Christina Pushaw, who has moved over to the DeSantis reelection campaign,  recently tweeted in regards to Rep. Charlie Crist and Fried, “No, they’re both extreme and have openly advocated for lockdown tyranny. Nothing moderate about them.”

Fried added that DeSantis “went extreme” and shut down the state.

“In fact he was the only one who locked down the state. so you're talking about radicalization to talk to Republicans and from this governor,” said Fried.

A little over a year ago, DeSantis referred to Fried as a “lockdown lobbyist” accusing her of promoting school lockdowns as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Early in the pandemic, and by her own admission, Fried called for a statewide shutdown.

Wink News asked Fried if she supported locking children out of school and closing down businesses at the “height of the pandemic,” saying that that state “should have closed” earlier than it did.

Fried later supported DeSantis’s call to reopen the state.

“He left me out for vengeance and for spite of the reopening taskforce,” Fired said. “I still, at the end of the day, supported his plan that he put out. I thought it was methodical. I thought it was well based on science. The problem was he completely threw that out the window.”

The Floridian— So, hypothetically if you become governor and there's another COVID if you were God forbid we're calling for mask mandates or lockdowns would you do what they're accusing you of

Nikki FriedNo, and I have said that. I’ve said that, even when it came to vaccines, I’ve never asked for a mandate, I am not for extremes. One side wants banning the vaccines, the other wants mandates.

What the governor did, he went extreme. He took the power away from our local governments. He took power away from our businesses.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, shark-tank.com, and Texaspolitics.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at Diversenewmedia@gmail.com

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