Psaki left out a few details: DeSantis is allowing people and students to choose to mask and held many vaccination events.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried to shame Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over COVID cases in his state. She also slammed his policy to handle the virus:
“Twenty percent of the cases we’re seeing are in Florida,” Psaki said.
“There are steps and precautions that can be taken,” she continued, “including encouraging people to get vaccinated, encouraging people to wear masks, including allowing schools to mandate masks and allowing kids to wear masks, which is not the current state of play in Florida.”
“So, you know, at a certain point, leaders are going to have to choose whether they’re going to follow public health guidelines or whether they’re going to follow politics,” she added. “And we certainly encourage all governors to follow the public health guidelines.”
Psaki goes hard after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, urging him to do more to "encourag[e] people to get vaccinated," "wear masks, including allowing people and schools to mandate" them. She adds he needs to choose whether "to follow public health" to save lives or "follow politics" pic.twitter.com/YXsXNgI16B
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 2, 2021
Oh, my sweet fellow ginger. Maybe you should explain DeSantis’s policy in full.
“I signed an executive order directing @HealthyFla to enter rulemaking in collaboration with @Education FL to protect parents’ freedom to choose whether their children wear masks in schools.”
I signed an executive order directing @HealthyFla to enter rulemaking in collaboration with @EducationFL to protect parents' freedom to choose whether their children wear masks in schools. https://t.co/94ZMqObRas
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 30, 2021
DeSantis did not ban masks from schools. He is giving people and students the freedom to choose to wear one.
Freedom is a bad word for Democrats.
On July 29, DeSantis made it known Florida would remain free:
“I think it’s very important that we say unequivocally no to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions and no to mandates,” DeSantis declared.
“Floridians are free to choose — and all Americans should be free to choose — how they govern their affairs, how they take care of themselves and our families, and they should not be consigned to live — regardless of which state in the union — consigned to live in a Faucian dystopia in which we’re governed by the whims of bureaucratic authorities who care little for our freedom, little for our aspirations and little for our happiness. No more. We can’t let it happen going forward,” the governor said.
DeSantis’s office hit back at Psaki because he has held many vaccination events and giving people the choice to mask or not:
“By dismissively ignoring Governor DeSantis’ efforts to protect vulnerable Floridians, Psaki is the one playing politics with the pandemic,” DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw told Fox News in an email.
“The White House should be more concerned about the flip-flopping of the CDC, which is inadvertently promoting vaccine hesitancy with their confusing, contradictory public communications. Stating that vaccinated people should wear masks and socially distance is implying that the vaccines do not change anything, which is the wrong message for our federal government to be promoting.”
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