Currently, 22 states including New York and California have State Guards. These are volunteer forces that are prepared to protect citizens from disasters. They are separate from the National Guard. They are not federal entities. Rather, they fall under the command of a state’s governor.
For example, the California State Guard protects “citizens from natural and man-made disasters, including wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and pandemics.”
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed the reestablishment of the Florida State Guard. He said the move would “allow civilians from all over the state to be trained in the best emergency response techniques and have the ability to mobilize very, very quickly.”
CNN’s Steve Conforno reported the story in an article entitled, “DeSantis proposes a new civilian military force in Florida that he would control.” His lede? “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.”
Naturally, Conforno included the equally unhinged reactions from Democrats seeking to unseat the popular governor next November. He writes:
Democrats in Florida immediately expressed alarm at DeSantis’ announcement. US Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running as a Democrat to challenge the governor in 2022, tweeted, “No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police.”
State Sen. Annette Taddeo, another gubernatorial candidate, wrote on Twitter that DeSantis was a “wannabe dictator trying to make his move for his own vigilante militia like we’ve seen in Cuba.”
None of this escaped the eagle eyes of MSNBC’s radical host and notorious conspiracy theorist Joy Reid.
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Article by Elizabeth Vaughn. Originally posted at American Free News Network.