Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed President Joe Biden this week over the ongoing inflation crisis, calling it “Bidenflation.”
DeSantis’ comments came in response to a question about rising rents in Florida, saying that part of the reason was that “general inflation is causing” rents to rise, along with the eviction moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was in effect last year.
“The CDC basically had a moratorium, so that people … really didn’t have to pay rent,” Biden explained. “What’s happening is now all the people that own these properties are charging more to make up for what was [lost].”
“Biden was warned about this,” DeSantis said. “He was told that this was going to happen and they had to take it all the way to the Supreme Court.”
DeSantis continued, explaining that another part of the issue was rising demand to live in Florida.
“There’s a lot of demand to live in Florida,” DeSantis said. “Rents are going up all across the country. But in a place like South Florida, this is kind of the center of the universe right now.”
DeSantis added, “We’ve never had a situation when so many people, when they’re fed up with all the nonsense they’re dealing with in other parts of the country — heck, even other parts of the world — the No. 1 place they think to come now is South Florida, Miami. There’s just a lot of demand.”
DeSantis then pointed to the spending bills passed by the Biden administration last year, and claimed that Biden had been warned that the legislation would cause inflation to rise.
“We warned about this inflation last year,” DeSantis said. “They came in and did the massive spending; the Fed has printed trillions and trillions of dollars, the biggest increase in the money supple that we’ve seen in quite some time. Of course you’re going to have inflation when that happens.”
“That’s what’s happened, and I don’t see it ebbing anytime soon,” DeSantis added. “I think this is likely to be something that we’re going to have to contend with.”
DeSantis added that the only way to alleviate “Bidenflation” was to reverse the policies that caused it.
“Make no mistake about it, what you need to do is reverse those policies that are causing the inflation to begin with,” he said.