DeSantis Slams Critics Who Are Angry Over His Anti-Mask Statements

This past Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) clapped back against various critics who were angry that he told the students at a school event on Wednesday that they had the option to remove their face masks, referring to the masks as just odd components of “COVID theater.”

DeSantis also utilized video of the event in a new release that he tweeted out sporting the caption, “The political science show cannot go on. It’s curtain call for COVID theater.”

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The video of DeSantis displayed the original interaction between the students and the governor, and then jump cut to a video of the State of the Union address from Tuesday evening in which almost no one was sporting masks in the wake of the rollback of the mask mandate for Capitol Hill on Monday.

“Don’t follow the science, follow the political science,” stated the video, displaying images of Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sans mask where she was surrounded by a room full of small children of elementary school age that were still being forced to wear their masks while on campus.

The video also went on to highlight  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garrett (D) and Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), both maskless at the last two football games of the normal season of the NFL, and then concluded with a news update that showed an announcement that stated that quite a few Democratic governors had climbed on board with the rescinding of the various statewide mask mandates.

It then cut to DeSantis in attendance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), who stated, “Florida led when it counted. We led early on when the weight of the world was coming, bearing down on our shoulders. Freedom has prevailed in the Sunshine State!”

The first video displayed DeSantis walking up to the lectern to speak and talking to the students who were going to stand behind him.

“You do not have to wear those masks. Please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything. We’ve gotta stop with this Covid theater,” stated DeSantis, sparking laughter from the audience. “So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.”

A few students did respond to the governor and remove their masks after he made his comments, in later reports, however, one parent claimed that her child had been pressured to go along with removing their mask.

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Many parents went on to call DeSantis a “bully”:

The media coverage that cropped up in the wake seemed to paint DeSantis, who very obviously told the kids it was their choice, as an outright bully who had been pressuring all of those in attendance for his own political reasons.

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