Christians prayed for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his wife, first lady Casey DeSantis, at a New Year’s Eve worship service in Miami.
DeSantis shared a few words with the crowd gathered for the “Let Us Worship” event.
“We stood up for your rights,” DeSantis said. “We were not going to let the government take away the rights that are the gift from God not government.”
He said it wasn’t right when some states closed the doors of the churches but opened liquor stores and strip clubs.
“That was an agenda at play,” DeSantis said. “They were using this to be able to erode your rights and your liberties, and here’s the thing, they can’t take away your freedoms, they can’t take away your right to worship, to go to church, and to give thanks to God. So in Florida, you can mark it down, we’re not going to let anyone shut you down.”
“I hope you all have a very good 2022. I think there’s going to be a lot of good things on the horizon and we’re looking forward to being able to do a lot for the state, looking forward for my wife to beat breast cancer, which is gonna happen,” he concluded. “So thank you and keep fighting…God bless you all. Thank you so much!”
Host and “Let Us Worship” founder Sean Feucht prayed over “America’s Governor.”
“Lord, I thank you for the DeSantis family. I thank you for the gift that they are to America,” Feucht prayed. “I thank you, Lord, that in the midst of a pandemic and tyrannical governors and leaders, Lord, you raised up godly men and women to stand up for our rights as the church and to stand up for the Constitution.”
He prayed that 2022 would be a year of “breakthrough” and for “full healing” for Mrs. DeSantis.
The prayer comes days after critics accused the conservative governor of going “missing,” when he was accompanying his wife to her cancer treatment. Mrs. DeSantis was diagnosed with breast cancer in October.
Democratic Mayor Jerry Demings of Orange County criticized DeSantis earlier this week during a press conference:
“Our residents, all Florida residents should be outraged, and they should ask the question, ‘Now, where’s our state? Where’s our governor?'” Demings said. “Where is Ron DeSantis now? When was the last time you saw the governor do a press briefing regarding COVID-19?”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined other critics when she took to Twitter Friday.
“Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet during a maskless visit to the Sunshine State. “If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks.”
“In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Folks are quite receptive here.”