Gov. DeSantis jabs at critics: ‘If you make it about me, you get on CNN’
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DeSantis said the state's preemption of school mask mandates isn't personal.

Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized local officials Wednesday who characterize the controversy over student masks mandates as an issue centered around him.

Speaking in Pembroke Pines, DeSantis said the state’s preemption of school mask mandates isn’t personal, but instead, a matter of state law.

He pointed to a new law dubbed the Parents’ Bill of Rights. The law empowers parents — rather than government — to direct a child’s upbringing on educational and health care issues.

Any insinuation otherwise, DeSantis suggested, is self-serving. 

“If you make it about me, you get on CNN,” DeSantis said. “They’ll like you if you do that.”

The Governor’s remarks come after the Board of Education voted Tuesday against two school districts that implemented mandatory mask policies.

In the ruling, board members deemed Alachua and Broward counties in violation of DeSantis’ latest order against student mask mandates. 

The order — which drew the ire of the White House — allows the state to impose financial consequences against districts that impose mask mandates.

Both counties required students and teachers to wear masks on school grounds.

“The Legislature has spoken,” DeSantis said, describing the emergency orders as an implementation of new law. 

For his part, DeSantis maintains that parents are in the “driver’s seat,” regardless of preference. 

Under an emergency rule OK’d in August, parents may use a school voucher to transfer students to schools with mitigation measures they deem acceptable. 

“The People of Florida, through their Legislature, have said parents have certain rights,” DeSantis said. “And I can tell you this: a parent has the right to send their kid to school in the way that’s most healthy for their child.”

Despite a rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases, DeSantis — among other points — contends the impacts of prolonged mask-wearing are unknown. To support his point, he pointed Tuesday across the pond.

“Britain doesn’t have kids in masks,” DeSantis added. “In fact, during their delta wave, they didn’t have the school kids in masks. European countries overwhelmingly have rejected that.”

According to the Florida Department of Health, 16,754 children under the age of 12 tested positive for COVID-19 from Aug. 6-12.

The total, DOH reports, accounts for a 22.1% positivity rate among children tested.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


  • Sonja Fitch

    August 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Well duh stupid ? Who made the bs mandate? Why you did Duffus Desantis! Duffus Desantis you are willingly slaughtering Floridians and our children. Grow up dipshit!

    • Ed

      August 18, 2021 at 4:35 pm

      You actually wrote something coherent yesterday. I see you are back to your trailer trash talking.

  • Alex

    August 18, 2021 at 6:44 pm


    DeathsAnus points to his own law to justify endangering our kids so he can be a big shot.

    This is why you don’t elect far right lunatics, racists, and conspiracy theorists to be Governor of Florida.

    It’s dangerous to you and your families health.

  • Alex

    August 18, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Oh, and DeathsAnus is trying to mislead about the UK not having masks for schoolkids.

    They stopped requiring them when the Delta surge was over.

    Yes, he’s lying.

  • tjb

    August 18, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Here is a story about you.
    DeSantis is pushing a COVID-19 antibody treatment (Regeneron). Experts say Regeneron is an effective treatment for Covid.

    However, one of DeSantis’s largest donors is Citadel CEO Ken Griffin. Citadel, a hedge fund company is invested in Regneron Pharmaceuticals.

    Ken Griffin has donated $10.75 million to a political committee that supports DeSantis. This makes him one of the largest donors if not the largest donor to our governor.

    I appreciate that the governor is pushing this treatment, but with such a large amount being donated to his campaign there is the stink of “Pay to Play”.

    I wonder if I had a mask company and donated $15 million to his PAC, would he be preaching the wonders of wearing a mask?

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