Real or Onion?

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., questioned Tuesday if the United States should rethink its diplomatic relationship with Australia given its strict, military-enforced COVID-19 lockdowns…

“You know, you guys, look what’s going on in Australia right now. You know, they’re enforcing, after a year and a half, they’re still enforcing lockdowns by the military.”

“That’s not a free country. It’s not a free country at all. In fact, I mean, I wonder why we would still have the same diplomatic relations when they’re doing that. Is Australia freer than China, communist China, right now? I don’t know. The fact that that’s even a question tells you something has gone dramatically off the rails with some of this stuff.”

So, real or Onion? You decide, then click through for the answer.

Real of course.  This is after all course Ron DeSantis we are talking about. If slagging off a major ally who just agreed to buy a whole bunch of expensive nuclear submarines and annoy their Chinese neighbors in a way that serves US security interests can be used to signal he’s more anti-mask than the next guy, the one in Texas, then no low is too low to go!

Thank you Ron DeSantis!

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