Lincoln Project attacks Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott for ‘jeopardizing’ students

Chest Physiotherapy
'If you could prevent this, wouldn't you? Wouldn't anyone?'

The Lincoln Project is attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis for his prohibition on mask mandates in schools with its latest ad.

The prominent “Never Trump” organization led by Republican operatives set its sights on DeSantis and Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in the ad. The ad shows masked children in school before cutting to a video of a child receiving chest physiotherapy, a medical technique to help clear the lungs.

“This is where your child should be this fall,” the ad begins showing kids in school. “This is where they could be,” reads text over images of the sick child, backed by dramatic music. “If you could prevent this, wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t anyone?”

DeSantis and Abbott have let former President Donald Trump‘s “reckless base dictate their COVID-19 policies,” the Lincoln Project says. With several schools starting classes this week in Florida, they’re pointing to children.

“GOP governors across the country, like DeSantis and Abbott, are letting their political ambition guide their response to the coronavirus pandemic; creating chaos for parents, kids, teachers and their states’ economies,” Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen said. “In perhaps their most craven move yet, these governors are jeopardizing the health and safety of school children, to appease Donald Trump and his anti-mask, anti-vaccine base. National crises like COVID-19 call for experienced and tested leadership — not performance art by con-men the likes of DeSantis and Abbott.”

Florida and Texas’ school masking policies have drawn national attention, particularly with rising COVID-19 and delta variant cases that are affecting children more than previous waves. Children younger than 12 are not eligible for the vaccine.

The Florida Department of Health on Friday issued rules requiring schools to let parents opt out from mask requirements, as described in DeSantis’ prohibition on school mask mandates late last month. On Monday, the Governor’s Office threatened to withhold the salaries of superintendents and school board members who violate state law.

President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the White House was considering ways it could intervene to protect the salaries of school board members and superintendents who violate DeSantis’ executive order and the administration’s rules.

Both DeSantis and Abbott are seeking reelection in 2022, and both are considered contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination if Trump forgoes a third run. Recent polls show DeSantis leading that prospective Primary if Trump stays out of the race.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • father gabriel

    August 11, 2021 at 5:22 pm

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  • Andrew Finn

    August 11, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Neither Emperor DeSantis here in Florida or Emperor Abbott in Texas give a damn about the children, as we can see by their actions (or non-actions) on the virus crisis both states face. Too bad, since there will be children paying with their health (and some with their lives) and all the people can do is make these two idiots pay by ousting them come election day.

    • James Tyus

      August 13, 2021 at 6:27 pm

      Except there is no evidence that cloth masks help. It’s false security, driven by fear-mongering. Instead of scaring children with declarations of “kids dying everywhere at the hands of the governor”, maybe we should be telling them it will be okay, protecting those with Compromised immune symptoms, and teaching good hygiene.

  • conservative _always

    August 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    The same ‘prominent’ group that covered up one of their founding members who was a pedophile?

    • OP

      August 11, 2021 at 10:02 pm

      Try to stay on topic, Cletus

    • Jim Jusjim

      August 11, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      You have an incurable mental sickness, not to mention your illiteracy in Logic.

    • Bob

      August 12, 2021 at 7:12 am

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  • William Robbins

    August 12, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Even for the Lincoln Project this a new level of truth bending and manipulating their supporters.

    Giving parents the CHOICE of whether their child should wear a mask at school is now the epitome of evil. Are they going to come after parents who allow their children to go swimming next?

    Does anyone believe that the people who work for The Lincoln Project are insisting that their own children walk around with masks all day?

  • Harley Richard Urbatsch

    August 12, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Let us see….As a US government citizen Joe Biden somehow gets into law school, fakes and cheats his way through, while dodging the military. As a near moron president of vice, Joe plays games with the Ukraine and allows his son, his family members and perhaps the obamas to accept payoffs from several countries, such as China and Russia. The Biden Crime Family should be charged and prosecuted using RICO, the Kingpin Statute. You people are certainly aware that Ms Pelosi and family members have likely profited from the Chinese solar contracts, through the DOD ie. Mather and Mclleland Air Force bases near Sacramento, CA. Whoops, little Eric Swalwell likes working with the CCP as well as the old girl CA senator, you know who I mean. I hope some of you have served in a branch of the US military, something other than being self-servers. Please remove yourselves from this country. Harley, veteran, US citizen patriot

  • Tom

    August 12, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Incompetent, corrupt, scandalous and perverted associate. Get in line, liberal haters have precedence.

  • Rick

    August 13, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Children are required to have shots such as polio and rubella before than can enter school to prevent them from the diseases.
    To mandate masks or to mandate vaccination when it is approved by the Medical profession to prevent, or at least help prevent the spread of Covid is just common sense.
    I can remember as a child in WW2 having air raid drills in school and as a teacher in the early 1960’s having drills during the. Old War Missle Crisis and fire drills monthly. Why. To help prevent a larger disaster if it were to happen.
    DeSantis and Abbott should take personal responsibility for every child who gets sick, or worse yet dies, from covid or it’s variants because they did not do everything in there power to help stop the spread of this insidious disease.

    • Tom

      August 13, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      Jane hurry call red Sonja.
      Mental telepathy. Just saying
      LMAO. You need help.

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