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Then-candidate Donald Trump was fond of joking during the 2016 presidential election campaign that the Republican Party was going to do so much “winning” after he became president that his supporters would beg him to “stop winning so much.” Trump did his fair share of winning, but the streak Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is on ain’t too bad, either.

Thanks to the wisdom and foresight of DeSantis, Floridians have been largely free from the draconian dictatorial COVID edicts of the likes of Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, and Oregon’s Kate Brown. But several counties, as reported by The Blaze, such as Alachua, aggressively enforced “unconstitutional regulations” until recently.

And now this:

See! I told you…

— Graham Ledger (@GrahamLedger) June 15, 2021

Appeals Court Strikes Against Florida County Government’s Mask Mandates #BreakingNews #News #Politics https://t.co/IuNGgOf8I5 pic.twitter.com/9yRmDrGMsZ

— El Donaldo Trumpo (@DonJohnT1) June 15, 2021

In a landmark ruling on Friday, per The Blaze, Florida’s First District Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court had erred in tossing out the lawsuit against Alachua County’s mask mandate because it should be held as presumptively unconstitutional:

“Based on what the supreme court has told us about the scope of article I, section 23, Green (and anyone else in Alachua County) reasonably could expect autonomy over his body, including his face, which means that he was correct to claim an entitlement to be let alone and free from intrusion by Alachua County’s commission chairman,” Judge Adam Scott Tanenbaum, an appointee of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), wrote. “The mask mandate, then, implicated the right of privacy. According to Gainesville Woman Care, the mask mandate was presumptively unconstitutional as a result.”

Blaze Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz explained the significance of the appeals court ruling.

“This language is very significant because it’s the first time a judge is using the principle of bodily autonomy to affirm a constitutional right not to have one’s breathing restricted. […]

“There are several very striking elements about this ruling, which will reverberate throughout the country even as the mask mandates officially expire. Defendants had argued that the mandate is

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