Jen Psaki chides Ron DeSantis as mask mandates fall outside of Florida
Jen Psaki, Image via AP.

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'There is a distinct difference' in what's happening in other states now, Psaki argued.

The White House said Wednesday there is a “distinct difference” between dropping COVID-19 mask mandates now and what Gov. Ron DeSantis advocated and did some months back regarding mandates in Florida.

“There is a distinct difference between standing in the way — which Ron DeSantis did, or Gov. DeSantis, I’ll give him his full title — of teachers, of school administrators, and others taking steps to protect students in their school communities” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“There is a difference between standing in the way of it, threatening to pull back funding, and allowing local school districts to make choices, which is what a number of these states are doing,” Psaki said.

Even Democratic strongholds like New York are ready to move beyond the “vax or mask” paradigm, despite the fact guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not changed, as Psaki’s questioner noted.

Psaki went on to say people are “tired of masks,” before suggesting polling said some people still want masks. It’s the latest indication of the difficulty the Joe Biden administration has in juggling the politics of COVID-19.

Psaki’s description of DeSantis as “standing in the way” is no accident, as that has been one of the Governor’s catchphrases with regard to consistent opposition to the Biden administration’s COVID-19 “mandates.”

“If you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida? I’m standing in your way. If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m gonna stand in your way and stand up for the kids in Florida. If you’re trying to restrict people and impose mandates and ruin their jobs and livelihood, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way. I am standing for the people of Florida,” DeSantis said in an August press conference.

The Governor coined yet another memorable phrase on that occasion, saying that he didn’t “want to hear a blip about COVID” from President Biden until the border was under control.

He has continued hammering the Biden administration on immigration since, including during a news conference in Miami on Monday. During a roundtable discussion at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, DeSantis contrasted the Biden administration’s policies on illegal immigration against the immigration trends that have fueled South Florida’s mixed culture. DeSantis called the current situation “effectively the largest human smuggling operation in American history” that began with an immigration “explosion” after Biden took office.

Drug cartels have also taken advantage, driving fentanyl overdoses and the use of methamphetamines, the Governor said.

“This is the golden age for the cartels, since Biden became President,” DeSantis said. “They are eating our lunch every single day, with what’s going on down there.”

A.G. Gancarski

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


60 comments

  • PeterH

    February 9, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Ron DeSantis drives the Freedumb State of Florida Clown Bus! DeSantis’s latest “medical expert” Ladapo described his $400,000. Florida employment as a political seat! So much for responsibility or credibility.

    • Bud ONeill

      February 9, 2022 at 4:19 pm

      Spoken like a true left wing liberal asswipe . Anyone that thinks Biden is doing something great is truly the clown. Be a sheep, we in Florida choose to live a life

      • Thomas

        February 10, 2022 at 5:34 am

        Well said.

    • zhombre

      February 9, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      PeterH: Lincoln Project flunkie repeating whatever defamation his pea brain can come up with or copy. An original thought would convulse your grey matter like an aneurysm.

    • Tom

      February 9, 2022 at 8:43 pm

      Wah Wah Wah peter h, put your Elmo slippers on.

      Florida is the freedom example in USA. America’s Governor is freedoms example, public schools open first, expanded public school scholarship expanded to poor, businesses thriving, record home investment, record seniors vaccinated, new jobs employment, best environmental policies in America, local community infrastructure resiliency. So much more. Peter h read it and weep you liar. You fool.

    • David

      February 12, 2022 at 11:57 pm

      It is called freedom versus totalitarian regime under Biden.

    • Tom

      February 21, 2022 at 9:13 am

      Tell madam Psaki to Sock it!
      Ask her to explain to the homeowners in fort meyers area who had tornadoes, why fema relief was denied. Pathetic liar, propagandist fake newsie. She is in no position to chide anyone let alone America’s Gov. really? You fools attacked Gov Ron so much, and he beat you psaki and Biden like a drum. Your idiocy elevated him as America’s Gov, which I said repeatedly. Tell Psaki to sock it.

  • tom palmer

    February 9, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t understand why Ms. Psaki went out of her way to pick a fight. Gov. DeSantis’ antics speak for themselves.

    • Tom

      February 20, 2022 at 5:05 am

      You don’t understand?
      Idiot Psaki and the inept W H Biden team have taken cheap shots at America’s Gov and failed before.
      They made him America’s Gov. with their cheap political shots. Only more Inept is Biden, followed by madam Psaki. They made Desantis a rock star.

  • Communism is Evil

    February 9, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    God bless DeSantis for standing in the way. Without him, Florida would have seen full blown tyranny and would have helped pave the way for the deep States to implement the Covid-19 passport, aka, the Chi-comm Social Credit System. If you don’t like Florida, move to a communist state, like California. There you can mask up all the morals you want. My Cuban friends know what communism is like, and they see DeSantis standing in the way of it.

    • Ruffles

      February 10, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      lmao I’m surprised you’re literate

      • Antonio

        February 11, 2022 at 11:08 am

        I am not surprised that you reply with insults and zero substance.

  • Sandra Trimble

    February 9, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    She went out of her way because in DeSantis rebelling words “ he will stand in the way of anything that Biden and the Federal Government” He withheld federal funds from Biden which punished Floridians! He is paying Ladapo $400,000!!!! Ladapo should be paying us. He is a disgrace just like the political trump protege who hired him!

    • Communism is Evil

      February 10, 2022 at 8:21 am

      This country was founded by rebels. DeSantis is rebelling against communism. We should all REBEL AGAINST COMMUNISM. By accepting federal funds, you are accepting their rule of communism control. However, the communist Biden admin withheld the much needed monoclonal antibody treatments from Floridians. If you stand with Biden, you stand for communism. Plain and simple. It’s why Forida is referred to as #FreedomZoneFlorida and DC is referred to as the SWAMP.

  • Tom

    February 9, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Tell Jen Psaki to shut up!
    She’ is worthless like incompetent Joe
    60% thinks he’s mentally incapable.
    39% approve of his Presidency. All time low
    33% approve on economy.
    29% on immigration.
    You Dum Manchurians are a joke.

  • Blessed

    February 10, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Yes Ron D should be dealing out stimulus to citizens! VETS, SSD SS SSDI BUT NO ITS ALL ABOUT TEACHERS WHO HAVE NOT HAD A FULL YEAR FACE TO FACE WITH KIDS

    THEN GOD BLESS HIS WIFE WITH DIAGNOSIS BUT ESSENTIAL WORKERS GET NOTHING AND THOSE PEOPLE WORK TO KEEP FOOD IN GROCERY STORES! Come on!

  • Harvey Slentz

    February 10, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Rather than others advocating for DeSantis or Biden, why not arrange an evening debate on relevant big issues phrased in a neutral question asked by a genuinely neutral party or parties.

    Example: “How well is the immigration issue being addressed on our Southern border? What are the problems, and how would (or will) you resolve them?”

    • Ronald G. Hicks

      February 11, 2022 at 7:07 am

      Harvey…. because that would undermine the narrative of the liberal media.

  • Ron Ogden

    February 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Ron DeSantis was right months ago. People were tired of masks months ago. It has taken all this time for the coward in the WH—surrendering his his discretion to a cabal of confused and conflicted scientists–to do what DeSantis had the courage to do months ago. Faced with having to admit it, Psaki comes up with some strained and false comparison. As a communicator, she and her boss are poor also rans behind Ron DeSantis.

  • PeterH

    February 10, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    The White House response IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE DECLINING NUMBER OF NEW Covid cases. Wake up!

    The policies of Ron DeSantis have resulted in more deaths per capita than California!

    • Communism is Evil

      February 10, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      No. It is directly related to the mid-terms where the communist democrats are about to take a huge hit. The communist democrats in charge haven’t worn masks for months, when they thought the cameras were off. Wake up!

      • PeterH

        February 10, 2022 at 2:23 pm

        There are 5000 powerless, Partyless communist in the USA. Look it up. Stop acting ridiculous! Wake up!

        • Antonio

          February 11, 2022 at 11:15 am

          LOL…As if communists can’t be communists unless they clearly announce they are communists by party affiliation. Subversion is a big tactic of communism.

    • Tim

      February 10, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      How many more deaths? Considering Florida never locked down I will say whatever the number is… it is acceptable to me.
      1000 people a day are moving to Florida and construction is booming. Thanks Covid

    • Tom

      February 10, 2022 at 9:44 pm

      WH house had no response.
      Your fake numbers peter h. No one uses those lies. What a joke, liar peter h. It’s blue state tyrannical dictator Govs scared on Nov. E day.
      Following America’s Gov.
      Won’t help, Biden is 39%. Approval in Florida and nationally. Floridians once again lead the masses in knowing.
      33% economy, 20’%’s on immigration. Dums are done! DeSantis the best!

      • PeterH

        February 10, 2022 at 9:58 pm

        Wingnut…….Prove my statement incorrect with citations! LOL

        • Tom

          February 14, 2022 at 8:47 am

          You live in the liberal bubble.
          Total Manchurian peter h. What happened to Alex? Another extremist.
          You are dealing with a legend pal.
          All the poll numbers are from Dem polling orgs. Don’t tell me you liberal con Manchurian.
          Independents have fled Biden/Dems.
          Hispanics too. He has cratered on economy, foreign policy and illegal immigration. All numbers in 30’s.
          60% believe he’s not “competent” to serve. The wave will be horrific for Dums. Lincoln Org is an outcast band of tiki torch salesmen. Morning hoe” won’t book them soon.
          As for you h, you are a pathetic lackey.
          America’s Gov stomps the competition! Enjoy.

          • PeterH

            February 22, 2022 at 12:40 am

            Another lie! Why do you lie Tom? Why do you make stuff up? You’re like the Trump Crime Family ….. making stuff up and pretending it’s the TRUTH! Lol….. Imagine Devin Nunes calls the new Trump Twitter clone: TRUTH ….. after his 30,000 documented lies.

        • Tom

          February 21, 2022 at 6:50 pm

          California had more deaths in nursing homes, skewed the overall numbers less in California. Fake reporting.
          You are the village idiot peter h. Sock it away like madam Psaki.
          Florida leads USA in seniors vaccinated and saved nursing homes attedants. Sock it peter h.
          DeSantis will defeat newsom in 24.
          America’s Gov will win re-election & Tallahassee to WH.

          • PeterH

            February 21, 2022 at 7:32 pm

            LOL

            Somehow facts escape the empty brain of a Trump DeSantis supporter!

            Per capita, California would need over 40,000 more Covid deaths to equal that of Florida’s per capita Covid deaths

          • Tom

            February 21, 2022 at 11:36 pm

            It’s actually less than that.
            California mislead on nursing home
            Deaths. Florida DeSantis saved lives in nursing homes, Newsom lost seniors and didn’t report them as Covid. You loser peter h. Biden’s HHS awarded Florida and DeSantis number one seniors vaccinated. Elmo time for u. Enjoy

          • Tom

            February 22, 2022 at 7:01 am

            You and the rest of the Manchurians, peter h have been defeated by me, the legend of FP. You all hide.

            You have no street credibility, you are openly mocked and demeaned by all. Lincoln Org is a pathetic group. You got ass kicked in VA. Wait til Nov/22, wins DeSantis, Rubio, new 50 seat net pick up Congress. Have you and Frankie visited Alex in the ward? DeSantis is the leader of the Repub party, he’s jeans at cpac this week, owns center right. Blue state tyrants now adopt his Covid policies. Florida is the leader of freedom in the works. As Pres. Reagan said, “freedom is one generation away from extinction” not in Florida thanks to Gov Ron, America’s Gov. Thank Psaki & idiot Biden, they built him up to the detriment of Dum party. Wsh, Wah peter h,

  • Communism is Evil

    February 10, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    Democrats are communists. Nancy Pelosi’s father (D) was a vocal communist member in Baltimore. Jen Psaki (D) in 2017 wore a Shapka with the ominous communist hammer and sickle logo, in Moscow! Anita Dunn (D) praised communist leader Mao. BLM leaders are avowed marxists, and every Democrat has supported their riots of destruction. Swallwell (D) was banging a communist. Feinstein (D) used a communist as her chauffeur for over 20 years. Sanders (D) and De Blasio (D) are ardent supporters of Marxist Daniel Ortega. The list goes on. I know it hurts when you realize the “party” you support doesn’t support you, lies to you, and thinks of you as a “useful idiot.” Time for you to wake up PeterH. Recognize your own cognitive dissonance for once.

    • Tom

      February 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      You go bro!

  • PeterH

    February 10, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Dead people! Hey! There are three communist under your bed. Go and find the remaining 4, 997! Time for you to quit QAnon and grow up …. After you wake up!

    • Ermo Santoli

      February 14, 2022 at 7:31 am

      Ummm ….what?

    • zhombre

      February 14, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Quit your Lincoln Project shit and grow a brain,

  • Ronald G. Hicks

    February 11, 2022 at 7:19 am

    There is really only one thing to ask and answer. Approval ratings…. Biden 38% lowest for any first term sitting president including Trump.

    Desantis 51%. With a low of 49%.

    How does another 4 years sound (2 if he is our next president)???

  • doug Stauffer

    February 11, 2022 at 9:49 am

    These other Governors (mostly Dems) would not have the guts to defy king Biden (or the people behind the puppet king) if it were not for Governor DeSantis leading the way for them to ride his coattails. The freedoms restored in this country are because a great Governor (uh, in Florida) withstood the dictates of Washington. Ask Fauci if cloth masks help…or if we need two of them to work, etc. etc. etc. Don’t Tread on Florida.

    • Concern Citizen

      February 11, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      Virtually every Republican politician would NOT have the gut to defy the Orange God. Did DeSantis kiss the feet of Trump when he campaigned to be governor?

      • Ronald G. Hicks

        February 12, 2022 at 7:45 am

        More than a year out of office and all you can retort is “Orange Man Bad”. Now that’s depth

        • Concern Citizen

          February 12, 2022 at 11:23 am

          Trumpism is is still the new Republican Party.

  • Concern Citizen

    February 11, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    Looks like the Red Scare is back. McCarthyism Again? Just a reminder that Roy Cohn, a Trump mentor, made his bones supporting McCarthyism. Hysteria from the Trump and DeSantis supporters?

    • Antonio

      February 11, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      LOL…That is HILARIOUS coming from the side that has been screaming “Russian collusion” for 6 years.

      • Concern Citizen

        February 12, 2022 at 11:23 am

        What side am I?

        • Antonio

          February 12, 2022 at 12:16 pm

          The side trying to lambast Trump as Desantis supporters as being in hysteria over a “Red Scare” while saying nothing about Dems screaming Russian collusion for 6 years. Like I said…It’s hilarious.

  • Concern citizens

    February 12, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Russian is no longer considered to be a communist country, they are becoming a more capitalistic society. They fear of communism is only a red herring to distract form relevant issues.
    Is the “Russian collusion ” that you mention, is that the one were Trump is selling out the USA to Putin?

    • Antonio

      February 12, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      Sigh….You are still pushing the Russian collusion myth…..Keep it up….It is why Democrats are loosing regular people.

      • Concern Citizen

        February 12, 2022 at 1:59 pm

        And are you pushing that being a Democratic is being a communist?

        • Tom

          February 14, 2022 at 11:01 am

          Concerned, how naive and politically ignorant can you be. Of course Russia has lapsed into a autocracy/communist govt. Putin had muzzled opposition, some have been poisoned, or executed. How can you even suggest less.

          BTW, all you misinformed Manchurians will suffer now with the Durham probe. Facts and illegal activity are filed in court with Hillary herself being involved.

          New Repub. Congress will investigate all this and Biden’s Nordstream 2 pipeline collusion with Putin.

          You all will apologize for the fake Russian collusion delusion, confusion. Total scurrilous misinformation lies. American people’s have been had! Go rot!

        • Antonio

          February 17, 2022 at 10:12 am

          No, I am saying that some Democrats are communists. Being democratic and being a Democrat party member are two entirely different things.

    • Tom

      February 20, 2022 at 5:14 am

      Oh you fool non concerned citizen, you mean Hillary Clinton? You mean her spying? You mean the W H and office of POTUS server? Who has sold out to who and what?

      How bout the Nordstream 2 pipeline to Russia? All Biden’s doing. Shove it, you idiot liberal fool. You are so consumed with hate, you provide no facts,

  • Jerry

    February 12, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    So all these blue states kept their mask mandates for 2 years, while Florida never put one in place. And Florida’s COVID rates were better than most of those blue states.

    It’s proof the masks didn’t do much, if anything at all, to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • PeterH

    February 12, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    You have absolutely no proof of anything regarding COVID

  • Tom

    February 14, 2022 at 8:51 am

    All blue stays tyrant Govs follow America’s Govs playbook!
    DeSantis the leader of free states.
    Florida the leader of the world!
    America’s Gov will be re-elected, and POTUS!
    God Bless him, Casey and family!

    • Tom

      February 16, 2022 at 6:45 am

      Biden at 33% approval in Florida.
      Meaning 67% of Floridians disapprove of Biden. Dems have no chance in Florida. Biden is a disaster.

      This is very bad for Demings.
      49% support Sen Rubio, very strong place for re elect.

  • Tom

    February 19, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    You pathetic Manchurians have thumbs up your bottoms! Biden is wiping you guys off the political radar! LMAO, you manchurians don’t have any fight! Peter h had been annihilated, Alex is in some sort of recovery, he’s not even using aliases. Ocean Joe runs, wanda the fish, rass, nail, Phil, the incredible shrinking J D, Tjb and so many other Manchurian nation fraudsters have bailed!

    Well, I’ve got some news for u. Wait til you get your brow beating in Nov. U won’t stick your heads out of a peep hole. Just saying as Biden’s non approval is atrocious. 37% approve in Florida and nationally! As scripture says, you reap what you sew! He’s negative in 46 states.

    50 seat net House Repub swing, 6 to 8 Senate seats. America’s Gov, America’s Senator, Ron & Marco both re elected. Bigly. Enjoy Manchurian nation!

    • FP Monitor

      February 19, 2022 at 1:22 pm

      As our readers well know, Tom lives in a make believe world of magical thinking.

      It’s a big mistake to respond to anything Tom posts. He’s an arrogant ignorant Trumpster hack simply looking for the attention he doesn’t get from friends or family. Do yourself and ALL OF US a big favor. Ignore all of his return comments. Maybe the internet troll will go away.

  • Tom

    February 19, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Kiss ass fake f p monitor!
    You are a crap head just like the rest of your Dums! So like you go defend the crap heads.
    LMAO. Wah Wah

  • Tom

    February 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Hey Manchurian nation, you have been defeated easily I may add. I suffer you gladly, happily.
    It sucks to be a Biden/Harris clones. Florida is rejecting Biden and Dums. Fried, Crist, Taddeo and Larson look horrible. Rubio defeats Dum Dum Demings as well.

    Wah, Tom defeated us.

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