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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took center stage in a surprise appearance at the Gulf Coast Jam concert festival in Panama City Beach Sunday, the first major open-air concert festival held since the pandemic began, the Panama City News Herald reported.
Moments before The Luke Bryan show began, DeSantis stepped into the spotlight to welcome fans to an “open” Florida. He also sent a strong message to other states about reopening: “Let people let their lives.”
“My message to other states and other countries: open your states, open your schools, let people live their lives, don’t make them wear masks,” the outspoken conservative leader said.
The maskless crowd went wild.
The governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw posted videos that show the crowd’s reaction to the GOP rising star. “Florida chose freedom over Fauci-sim,” Desantis said in the posted video.
Following the event, DeSantis tweeted out: “Nothing says Florida is open like a night of live music…”