Back in July, as part of his ongoing effort to kill as many Floridians as possible, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning mask mandates in his state’s schools, claiming that parents should have the right to expose their kids to a highly contagious virus that’s claimed more than 650,000 lives in the U.S. thus far, and hospitalized 10 times more Florida children last week than when school began. Shortly after that, he threatened to withhold pay from school officials who had the audacity to look at the data, consider the significantly more communicable delta variant, and make their own decisions regarding masking, a threat he followed through on in August, when the Florida Department of Education withheld the salaries of school board members in Alachua and Broward counties who voted to impose mask mandates.
As you can imagine, DeSantis’s pro-COVID actions have irked the contingent of Florida parents and educators who would prefer children too young to be vaccinated not contract the virus so the governor can suck up to the “personal freedoms” crowd. And, as it happens, a judge has now twice ruled he’s breaking the law.
Per The Washington Post:
Cooper first ruled in favor of the parents on August 27, after which DeSantis’s administration appealed, temporarily allowing his Department of Education to enforce the ban on mask mandates. While the Wednesday ruling allows districts to make their own decisions regarding face coverings, DeSantis is apparently undeterred re putting millions of children’s lives at risk; according to the Post, the state plans to file an emergency motion to reinstate the stay, according to the governor’s communications director.
The ruling follows DeSantis’s appearance on Fox News last month in which he claimed that Florida’s handling of the virus has been hugely successful and, with a completely straight face, said Joe Biden should follow his lead on pandemic protocols. He also criticized Biden for not ending the pandemic already, despite literally doing everything in his power to keep it going.
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