Ron DeSantis has politicized the wearing of masks more than any other governor in the country. He has regularly referred to his state as a model for dealing with COVID-19.
At the same time, Florida is in the top 5 states for both COVID deaths and cases. And right now, the virus is rising in Florida, with 20% of new cases coming from there.
During today’s press conference, Jen Psaki was asked about DeSantis’ recent statement that masks would not be required in Florida this year. He told reporters, “We don’t do that in Florida, okay? We want children to be able to be children. We need them to be able to breathe. “
Psaki replied: “If I were a parent in Florida I would be very concerned as children under the age of 12 are not vaccinated. You are not yet authorized. “
The press officer continued: “But that puts children at risk and is inconsistent with public health guidelines. We know masks aren’t the most comfortable thing to do. I will say my children are quite tuned in as I know a lot of children are. So we would certainly have concerns about any step that is not in accordance with public health guidelines, and we think it puts people at greater risk. “
Despite the fact that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is on the rise in the red states, governors like DeSantis still seem to be forced to continue wearing masks that are part of the culture war.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.