Gov. Ron DeSantis ramped up his rhetorical offensive against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the same day Florida set a record for COVID-19 diagnoses.
The Governor has already banned mask mandates in Florida schools, meaning that local districts cannot require them, but they can be worn. Nonetheless, on Saturday night, he blasted the federal government.
During a Fox News hit on Unfiltered with Dan Bongino, DeSantis suggested the CDC would want to mask students “indefinitely,” adding that schools were “perfect” for mask-optional policies.
“One of the dangers I feel with having mandatory masks at this point — I think a lot of those bureaucratic authorities are going to say ‘hey, we mask for COVID, flu is more dangerous for kids than COVID. Maybe they need to mask the kids every flu season.'”
“And then it just never ends. And I think that if the CDC had its way, I think they’d probably just have kids in masks indefinitely.”
DeSantis, who has said he won’t see Florida kids “muzzled,” said, “this is not a partisan issue.”
“Parents have to deal with this in real-time. Just like last summer, there was such a hysteria because Florida was going to go to school in person five days a week, and the media was raising a ruckus,” DeSantis said.
He went on to reiterate his contention that parents will resist masks because they want their kids to be “normal” and “the schools are really the perfect place to do it because they are one of the lowest risk environments we have for COVID, and the data on that is very clear.”
DeSantis’ executive order banning mask mandates suggests districts that don’t comply may have their funding cut.
The order authorized Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to “pursue all legal means available to ensure school districts adhere to Florida law, including but not limited to withholding state funds from non-compliant school board(s) violating any rules or agency action” taken at the Governor’s direction. The order went into effect immediately.
“If the State Board of Education determines that a district school board is unwilling or unable to comply with the law, the State Board shall have the authority to, among other things, withhold the transfer of state funds, discretionary grant funds, discretionary lottery funds, or any other funds specified as eligible for this purpose by the Legislature until the school district complies with the law or state board rule and declare the school district ineligible for competitive grants.”
Even as the Governor continues to message against virus restrictionists, his political committee continues to market the message.
An email Saturday from the Friends of Ron DeSantis political committee linked lockdowns and globalism in a message that sounds tailored to the 2024 GOP primary voters in early states.
“These politicians and government bureaucrats got a taste of power before, and now they’re hungry for more,” read the text, purportedly signed by DeSantis. “These lockdown politicians are globalists who refuse to hold China accountable. They want to control you, and if we don’t stand strong now, who knows what they’ll try to take away next.”
August 1, 2021 at 11:02 am
The stats in the coming year will sort out what’s what on this issue.
August 1, 2021 at 6:42 pm
Try the coming weeks.
August 12, 2021 at 1:14 am
Consider Florida has the highest death rate in the country and the new covid is infecting faster and in young age groups. I would say it is a matter of life and death
August 13, 2021 at 9:39 pm
AGREE!!! IMPEACH DESANTIS! LOCK UP TRUMPSTERS!!! REMOVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!! ITS TIME FOR THEM TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THE LIES AND CROOKERY THEY HAVE CREATED OVER LAST 5 years!!
August 1, 2021 at 11:14 am
DeSantis is spreading false information when he is stating “CDC requiring masks indefinitely”.
August 1, 2021 at 2:55 pm
Well they told me to get vaccinated. I did and then they said that’s not good enough, put the mask back on to protect the unvaccinated, so yeah, at this point I believe it’s a power trip they never want to get off of.
August 1, 2021 at 5:26 pm
August 3, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Scientists and Medical professionals are intelligent enough to keep learning and humble enough to admit when they were wrong.
Unlike our colleagues on the right who have buried their head in the sand so much that even when new factual information becomes available they plead ignorance and entrench themselves in their assine positions even further.
History will judge the American failure of leadership on this. Sadly, it will come too late and we will already have suffered the consequences!
Keep your mask off Moron. Enjoy spreading covid to your friends and family! Seems patriotic to share!
August 5, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Many Scientists are preaching political science not actual science. Does it really make sense to you that the vaccinated should be masked? The Delta Variant is not a threat at all. The stats are there. The “unvaccinated” include millions with antibodies. Those who chose not to inoculated themselves will not do so and it’s their choice. Take your mask off and act like the vaccine works. It mitigates and there are no new hospitalizations from it. The worst that can happen is people chose to make a decision and die or people receive antibodies. This is a very low mortality virus and you all are behaving like imbiciles. Don’t buy into this without researching for yourself. It makes no sense to inject those who have antibodies also. A moron is someone who is still taking Fauci and the CDC’s word at face value when clearly they don’t even speak what their data shows.
August 12, 2021 at 1:31 am
What an absolute idiot. I think the trouble is you hear virus and think the flu. They need a name like black death or plague ( bacterial massive killers)to get through to some of the non medical, half ass educated people who want to believe this will just go away. You haven’t lost family or love ones this past year is my guess. We were not able to be with them or attend thier funerals. It is a pandemic, it is a viral massive killer. This version is attacking more children. Children that haven’t had the chance to build up a immune system you think will protect you. You may live through it but the damage you will live with the rest of your life. I have witness too many deaths as a nurse but none effected me, haunted me,, more than the death of a child.
August 5, 2021 at 3:30 pm
Is he really? It’s not false information when he’s telling you what he sees coming down the pike. So far, he’s been right on! I can tell you that on Post, we are masking 2 year olds and the directive is “until further notice.”
August 1, 2021 at 11:25 am
Gotta play to the mouthbreather base if you know what I mean. Makes you wonder how much of this stuff spewing out of his mouth he actually believes & how much is for show. Schools were safer last year because of masks not in spite of them. Maybe Dr. DeSantis should go back to school to learn the difference between cause & effect.
” I think a lot of those bureaucratic authorities are going to say ‘hey, we mask for COVID, flu is more dangerous for kids than COVID. Maybe they need to mask the kids every flu season.’”
Actually not a bad idea Ronnie. Thx! Last year was the 1st year my wife didn’t get a cold in her 20 years of teaching. She was gonna wear a mask again this year even before the resurgence of coco in the form of the delta variant but isn’t Ronnie one of these “bureaucratic authorities” he’s always railing against. He’s the one issuing executive orders usurping local control which used to be sacrilegious for conservatives. Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black.
August 3, 2021 at 3:20 pm
Well Said Frankie.
August 13, 2021 at 5:24 am
Did you know that an Irish study which is much more thorough than the one the CDC is citing (the Duke U study which is scientifically worthless as it doesn’t include any control subjects) came to the conclusion that masks are terrible for children? And for all of the reasons that we’d expect. But they also found more! Their study found that masks worn for several hours actually hinder the child’s facial development! (Remember, children are growing 24/7/365) So, I ask you this? Being that a child is more likely to be struck by lightning than get Covid, and the masks cause more harm than good, do you still think we should mandate masks for children?
August 1, 2021 at 12:52 pm
The Emperor DeSantis has spoken !!!!! I wish we could have an executive order barring his majesty from speaking and signing more of his moronic edicts. Possibly before we are all in the hospital, or worse in the morgue !!!!! What an idiot !!!!!
August 1, 2021 at 5:27 pm
August 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm
Most people who don’t like DeSantis seems to dislike him simply because he is correct and speaking sensibly. Those who are vaccinated running around with masks on their face should be pitied. They’re being used as useful idiots for the tyrannical imposition of the Fed. Meanwhile, at the US Border our government is sponsoring community spread so obviously it’s not as bad as it looks.
August 1, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Lol. Told you. Duffus Desantis is willingly slaughtering Floridians!
August 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm
ITS HAS BEEN Proven yet hard case Jabber’s will not look past mountains of lies. Sweden & no masks had lowest cases of Chinese SARS (Covid) the natural process of the body to respond has proven to be the best. https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos/videos Keep watching CHINESE/SOROS owned Media ! We see the writting on the wall, identical to 1950-60’s Eastern Europe as Communist owned media just like todays CDC run Media is saying the floods have killed only a few, with millions of people lost and displaced as dams broke. Think read between lines the truth is out there
August 3, 2021 at 3:26 pm
As of Oct. 13, Sweden’s per capita death rate is 58.4 per 100,000 people, according to Johns Hopkins University data, 12th highest in the world (not including tiny Andorra and San Marino). But perhaps more striking are the findings of a study published Oct. 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which pointed out that, of the countries the researchers investigated, Sweden and the U.S. essentially make up a category of two: they are the only countries with high overall mortality rates that failed to rapidly reduce those numbers as the pandemic progressed.
August 5, 2021 at 3:40 pm
DeSantis is obviously a huge threat……to leftist idiocy!!!
August 1, 2021 at 3:51 pm
It’s overwhelming how many peoples who all happen to think like Soros Manchurian tom a toms can congregate on one blog and collectively not make kbsense. Gov DeSantis does want all Floridans to get the shot. He’s not opposed to anyone from wearing a mask. He’s open to anyone practicing good health. He’s encouraged it. You all are a contradiction of science and fact. More importantly he wants you to enjoy your life. He’s kept society open unlike other Govs so even you can enjoy. Nikki Fraud says she opposes lockdowns so Governor won. He owns the 4 lane hwy.
August 1, 2021 at 5:29 pm
DeSanris lied about the Brown University Report that he using to justify why children do NOT need to wear a mask at school. He should lead by example by wearing the mask more often and not mocking Dr. Fauci ‘s advice , and supporting (not mandating) employers right to request all of their employees to be vaccinated. Also, cut the crap on calling people who don’t agree with you,, Soros Manchurian, it is became a lame insults even when Sarah Palin was the Republican candidate for VP and consider anti Semitic by many.
August 1, 2021 at 5:30 pm
What if I don’t wanna enjoy life? What if I just wanna get others sick & die myself? Wait…thats my governor!
August 1, 2021 at 8:35 pm
Your freedom is derived by this Governors respect for individual liberty. Even yours. Unlike your Lockdowner Dem Govs. Nikki fraud says she’s against lockdowns.
So America’s Governor wins pal. He has the 4 lane highway. Enjoy.
August 3, 2021 at 3:40 pm
This is not a matter of freedom. Its a simply matter of humanity and collectively caring for each other.
Sadly, had you recognized that last March, there would be 629,951 more living Americans to celebrate with and we would all be back living our lives as normal by the end of last summer.
Instead, your ignorance has contributed to so many deaths and to many many industries still being shuttered as a result of the continued community spread of the virus.
August 3, 2021 at 3:17 pm
THX TOM, so many follow CDC/SOROS agenda (21/30?) it is PROVEN NATURAL works better (don’t need to see this) for ABC-NBC-CBS-CDC watching sheeple : https://www.youtube.com/user/MEDCRAMvideos/videos FINALLY Doctor brave enough-cares about lives not money- again thank yu TOM wake everyone up , we finally have a real GOVERNOR !!! TRUMP should push him for PRES. but dont want to lose this Governor
August 3, 2021 at 3:42 pm
Sheep are prey animals. It is flocking together in large groups that protect sheep from predators because predators will go after the outliers in the flock. Sheep have excellent senses.
Good luck being the outlier! Rona gonna git ya!
August 1, 2021 at 6:41 pm
Personally, I could care less if any of these seditionist Republicans ever decide to take the vaccine. I took it months ago, I wear a mask every day, and I intend to stay healthy.
If some of you guys would rather allow COVID to kill you for the sake of some right wing political point instead of wearing a mask or taking a very safe, effective, and FREE vaccine, then have it.
Just know that you’re idiots.
August 1, 2021 at 8:28 pm
I think the idiot is the above author.
My goodness. Impeachment is allowing 2 million illegals to enter with a large percentage with COVID. But let’s rage on Gov in Florida.
August 1, 2021 at 8:55 pm
What percentage have Covid 19 and let us know the source of this information.
August 2, 2021 at 6:58 am
It’s documented, look it up.
August 2, 2021 at 10:08 am
Where is it documented? The funny papers? please post the link Tom
August 2, 2021 at 5:28 pm
Google “covid illegal migrants”borders
There are multiple links tjb.
This is not a court of law, it is a anti DeSantis Dem station. You don’t get to order people around and dictate.
Look it up and research it. You make erroneous accusations all the time.
August 2, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Tom, took your advice, I saw a report that in a recent July 2012 two week period , a 135 immigrants have tested for Covid. Also, 30 % of the immigrants have refused the Covid vaccination (they must be future Republicans if they receive USA citizenship).. Please give me the links to the websites supporting your statement that a high percentage of the 2,000,000 immigrants have Covid. Please don’t send me conspiracy sites. Thank you and I look forward to receiving the website links. Regard, tjb
August 2, 2021 at 6:21 pm
There are multiple links when you google, which are in real time. What you may consider Informative is up to you. There was a hotel in Texas and a restaurant. What the final number are plus or minus is something that none of us will have as we are not the enforcement agencies state or local.
There are current real time stories, are you suggesting otherwise? Again do some research outside your cocoon.
August 3, 2021 at 9:03 am
Tom, Stop the BS and give me credible links. Your responses so far are lame with no evidence to support your comment that half of the immigrants entering the USA have Covid but you keep giving false information and telling me to look it up. Again, give me credible links.
And to address your comment that 50% of the immigrants have Covid 19.
Fact Check-U.S. sheriffs did not say more than half of undocumented immigrants test positive for COVID-19. Look it up – Tom
August 4, 2021 at 1:40 am
Stop placing words in mouth
I, no One said 50% entering have covid. It is a smaller percentage. Stop acting So naive, to think that not a small percentage illegally entering are covid. No one denies it. You are a professional BS artist. You constantly make fakes charged vs DeSantis. No proof, no facts. Cease immediately.
Unlawful entry with disease is unlawful.
August 2, 2021 at 4:48 am
Have any of you visited a hospital recently? Probably not because most hospitals have placed a no visitors sign. Yes the hospitals are overwhelmed again! Yes our children are now some of the victims of damn virus!
August 2, 2021 at 9:46 am
Everything that the Governor of Florida says and does is politically motivated. He is a Republican. Has the Governor gotten his vaccine but he is telling everyone not to and telling everyone to not mask?? I would guess yes. Our Government has not mandated masks or either told people they have to get the vaccine. They are not going to. They are simply saying protect yourself and your fellow man. If you love your country and you love your fellow man, get the vaccine and stop spreading it everywhere. The mask issue is such a simple thing to do. The Governor of Florida and all of his Republican buddies are making it out to be a huge political deal when in fact it’s just a simple way of protecting all of us from getting covid or giving it to someone else. It all comes down to . Respect for your fellow man. That’s all. The Governor of Florida is an idiot.
August 2, 2021 at 4:15 pm
You are a pathetic uninformed human, on par for Dems.
No he has not told anyone not yo mask. He supports the right not to.
He got the shot vaccine but since you live under a rock why would you know. He’s also led the country with seniors inoculated. America’s Governor has held dozens of on site location briefings encouraging the vaccine. See people make choices, you don’t get to order people around even as Dems. You are uninformed. Ridiculous!
August 3, 2021 at 3:28 pm
sad to see so many blind people what REAL not CDC funded report your reading? Say your safe? Got the shot, whats in your shot? Do you know or blindly take it as everyone else was jumping off bridge. There so much your missing as media is no longer your friend, yet truth is still with us. This DOCTOR has more experience & knowledge suggest you educate yourself to be REALLY SAFE:
August 6, 2021 at 10:08 am
IMPEACH THE PIECE OF CRAP BEFORE HE KILLS OUR CHILDREN, HE HAS NO MEDICAL EXPERIENCE, HE’S JUST A CORRUPT TRUMP SUPPORTER, FIRE THIS PIECE OD SHIT. WAKE UP FLORIDA, WAKE UP. PUT PEOPLE IN CHARGE WHO WILL WORK FOR THE PEOPLE AND NOT KILL THEM!
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