Joe Ladapo says Dr. Fauci, mask policies ‘dehumanized’ the American people

The Surgeon General took it to Tucker.

Florida’s Surgeon General blasted the Joe Biden administration Wednesday in the wake of its proposal to distribute 400 million masks, saying the Biden White House and specifically Dr. Anthony Fauci “dehumanized” people regarding COVID-19 mitigation and mask mandates.

Dr. Joe Ladapo appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight, where he made the comments.

Asked about the effects of mask requirements on children, Ladapo pivoted to a larger indictment of national policy in critiques of this “bizarre period” of the pandemic.

“Tucker, you’re totally sharing one of the saddest parts of this pandemic in terms of policy at the national level, including with people like Dr. Fauci,” Ladapo shared. “They basically dehumanized the U.S. population, the people that live in this country.”

“Instead of being individuals, children, doing the things that make children wonderful, right — playing, you know, being worry free, expressing themselves — they’ve sort of put them in this box where they’re spreaders of viruses. And they have to have their faces covered in spite of how unnatural that is, without any high-quality data showing any benefit, and lots of data and parental intuition suggesting harm, you know, and tremendous harm,” Ladapo said as Carlson nodded.

“It’s completely unnatural.”

Carlson closed by lauding the choice of “dehumanized” as the “perfect” word and one that the host promised to “use henceforth.”

Florida continues to wrestle with the omicron variant, with pediatric and adult hospitalizations presenting challenges. But the Surgeon General continues to be a staunch opponent of mask mandates, something that won’t surprise those who recall his dispute with Sen. Tina Polsky over wearing a mask in her office during a meeting. Polsky is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Ladapo discounted her request for him to wear a mask.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Legislative Session has been somewhat impacted by the omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with absences in the House and the Senate, and multiple canceled committee meetings.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • ScienceBLVR

    January 20, 2022 at 6:29 am

    What amazes me is what a low bar Florida has set for a health and wellness leader. Could he be any more moronic and uninformed? He is willing to sell his soul and supposed expertise for a few dollars from DeSantis and Tucker?
    I don’t even think he is a Science Believer….

    • nail

      January 20, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Supposed doctors like Ladapo should lose their medical license. But when you have Desantis’ illegal operation covering for you, nothing will happen!
      What a shame what these ppl have done to Florida all for their own gain and nothing for the people.

  • The Right Wing is STUPID

    January 20, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Welcome to Florida where they find some hack to spread more stupid conspiracy theory BS. Masks dehumanized people… WTF are you talking about you ultracrepidarian half wit???!??

    This is just more BS against any sort of group activity or public unity over a technical process because keeping people isolated and dumb (DEHUMANIZING THEM) is how the GOP remains relevant. Well that and appealing to the most base greed in people by prioritizing tax breaks over public health, future growth and technological advancements (unless there is a clear profit motive). Shame isn’t a strong enough word for what the right wing is now.

  • Beverly

    January 20, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Lapado is a quack hired by a dictator governor. They define criminals.

    • Antonio

      January 21, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Supporting freedom to choose is the opposite of a dictator, madam.

      Can you explain how they define criminals?

    • Impeach Biden

      January 21, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      Wrong. DeSantis was elected by the majority of voters in the state of Florida.

  • PeterH

    January 20, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Face masks, social distancing and hand washing ARE THE ONLY TOOLS WE HAVE AT OUR DISPOSAL to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed factories of death. Ladapo and this entire cabal in Tallahassee are an international embarrassment.

    • Antonio

      January 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

      And they work as our hospitals are not overwhelmed factories of death.

    • zhombre

      January 21, 2022 at 5:50 pm

      You need a butt plug too, PeterH Lincoln Project lackey, because COVID being an airborne virus is also spread by flatulence.

      • PeterH

        January 21, 2022 at 5:57 pm

        Typical ignorant response from today’s Republican sucker!

        • zhombre

          January 24, 2022 at 8:38 am

          LOL typical indignant response from the Lincoln Project shill!

  • Laura Manson

    January 20, 2022 at 9:51 am

    I guess the real snowflakes melt when
    they put a mask on…..

    • Don’t Look Up

      January 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm


  • Rachel

    January 20, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t believe that he gets paid to be the surgeon general but can’t see how masks are one of the only options for children to slow the spread of covid. And to claim that wearing a mask dehumanizes people is utterly ridiculous. The state leaders are ok making children five and older participate in active shooter drills but wearing a mask will somehow traumatize them? Voters of Florida need to wake up and stop electing these morons who put other morons in decision making roles.

    • nail

      January 20, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      We need to change this state. GQPs have accomplished nothing in Florida but racking up enormous legal bills due to Desantis’ illegal and unconstitutional bills. He does everything with the despicable trumpian base in mind. They amount to less than 13% in the country, less in the state.
      GQPs moderates and conservatives will not vote for these idiots. Desantis can have all the money he wants (look at last yr big money races) they lost.
      With each stupid move he makes with Covid, it alienates more ppl.
      He will be fighting for his job in a few months, but he will not win. There are not enough stupid ppl in Florida.

      • PeterH

        January 20, 2022 at 9:40 pm


      • Impeach Biden

        January 21, 2022 at 7:40 am

        I have news for you. He will be re-elected easily. I know you and others would still vote for that idiot Gillum if given the chance. He has more interest in male prostitutes and drugs than running the state. You can always go back to NY.

  • Impeach Biden

    January 21, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Follow the Brits. Get rid of the ridiculous mask mandate. Was overseas a few months ago and no one was wearing a mask. Business as usual and low and behold still alive.🤣

  • just a comment

    January 21, 2022 at 11:51 am

    A doctor protects that is the function of things he we all say our surgeries can prevail into medical malpractice he are hitting a bad issue

  • a comment

    January 21, 2022 at 11:53 am

    A doctors position is to save lives and heal..if we all say medical malpractice is the way to go we all have a problem

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