Nikki Fried urges Ron DeSantis to drop ‘unconstitutional’ school mask order
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'These are bad policies from a public health and economic standpoint.'

Hours after a judge dealt a legal blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ executive order banning mask mandates in schools, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried urged the Republican Governor to drop his appeal and stop “strong-arming” Floridians.

Speaking Wednesday at an online press conference, Fried criticized DeSantis’ handling of the pandemic and his slew of “bad policies.”

“It is wrong from a moral and legal standpoint for the Governor and Commissioner of Education to continue punishing our local school officials who are doing the right thing to keep their students and staff safe,” Fried told reporters.

A Leon County judge lifted a stay earlier Wednesday on a previous ruling overturning DeSantis’ mask order, allowing school districts to implement mask mandates unless an appeals court later overturns the ruling, which DeSantis hopes it will.

Fried, a Democratic candidate for Governor, argued DeSantis’ order violates the constitution and “flies in the face” of the judicial system.

She further alleged it threatens the health of Florida’s youth. More than 23,500 kids 12 and younger tested positive for COVID-19 between Aug. 27 and Sept 2, according to the Florida Department of Health’s most recent weekly update.

Fried also called on the Governor to reverse course on other upcoming plans.

Florida will soon levy a fine on businesses, schools and government agencies that require visitors to show proof of vaccination. The $5,000 fines will begin Sept. 16.

The move, Fried asserted, will do more harm than good.

“These are bad policies from a public health and economic standpoint,” Fried said. “We have a way out of this (pandemic). We have the tools to beat this virus. And it’s not by strong-arming school officials and business.”

For his part, DeSantis maintains the fines will protect individual freedoms while also preventing a society with two classes of citizens — the vaccinated and unvaccinated.

The Governor’s legal team, meanwhile, asked the 1st District Court of Appeal last week to overturn the ruling that invalidated his executive order against school mask mandates.

Under the order, students are free to wear a mask if they choose, but they can’t be required to do so.

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.


  • Alex

    September 8, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    She’s 100% correct.

    The idiotic idea that the parents of a kid my kids go to school with can endanger my child’s health and life is clearly and unequivocally unconstitutional.

    DeAnus is a fake Governor.

  • Impeach Biden

    September 8, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Of course you support that lunatic Fried. What has she accomplished besides screaming and hollering at DeSantis ever since she started her campaign with her face on every gas pump in the state of Florida.

    • Alex

      September 8, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      Of course you have no idea what the issue is and it’s ramificatioons, so you try juvenile attacks.


      • Impeach Biden

        September 8, 2021 at 8:11 pm

        Calling DeSantis DeAnus is about as juvenile as it gets. I yawn back

        • Alex

          September 8, 2021 at 8:15 pm

          Oh, and calling him an anus describes him perfectly.

          He’s an asshole.

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 8:27 pm

            Not me Alex, but I do fly First Class. By the way Fried is a mean and nasty bitch.

        • Alex

          September 8, 2021 at 8:35 pm

          Oddly, the article doesn’t mention what class he’s in, so you just decided you’d mention it.


          You’re such a pathetic dick measurer.

          On the internet.

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 8:44 pm

            I take it you don’t fly on airlines that have first class. It’s obvious to those of us that do what cabin he was in. Get your head out of your ass and stop flying Frontier and Spirit you cheap ass.

        • Alex

          September 8, 2021 at 8:47 pm

          His seat doesn’t have a screen, it’s a fold down table.

          Has it been that long since you’ve flown AA first?

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 8:54 pm

            Alex, Alex, Alex. You are really showing your ignorance now. Many airplanes at American Airlines do not have seat back video screens in First Class or Coach. You watch movies and access the internet through your PED. You know the free one Obama gave you. it’s obvious you don’t fly on American. I’m sure you are a Spirit customer.

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 9:47 pm

            Go back and look at the seat back Mr International traveler my ass. You are a phony blowhard and a liar much like the dummy you voted for President. Tray table? Ha! Ha!. Idiot.

        • Alex

          September 8, 2021 at 8:56 pm


          Not on the ones I fly on.

          Of course, I mostly fly international.

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

            Sure you do Alex.🤣

        • Alex

          September 8, 2021 at 9:14 pm

          Look where your dick measuring got you.

          You never learn.

          Pathetic little weenie, again.

          • Impeach Biden

            September 8, 2021 at 9:29 pm

            Nope. You got called out and I am laughing my ass of at you. Mr international traveler can’t even see the obvious configuration of a first class cabin. Nice try though Mr bullshitter.

  • BroadwayJoe

    September 9, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Ron DeSantis will win in the 1st Court of Appeals or FL Supreme Court. Nikki Fried is an ugly rat who needs to leave the state.

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