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Gov. Ron DeSantis, “Get Out Of The Way” & Let Public Officials Who Care About Saving Lives Do Their Job, Says Psaki

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has developed a reputation for being willing to speak frankly, and address disinformation and obstruction from far-right media and politicians. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was not spared from this, as COVID-19 cases boom in his state. Psaki addressed his fight to prevent life-saving preventative measures from being taken in his state.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 06: White House press secretary Jen Psaki answers questions during the daily briefing on August 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki answered a range of questions relating primarily to a positive jobs report showing 943,000 new jobs and efforts by the Biden administration to manage the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

DeSantis has banned mask mandates for schools in Florida, even going so far as to say that if any official defied him by enacting a mask mandate for their school district, he’d withhold their wages. This comes as hospitals in the state are forced to request hundreds of additional ventilators from the Federal government, and with increasing numbers of children admitted to hospitals and ICUs.

Repsonding to DeSantis’ decisions during a press briefing, Psaki said that if the Governor of Florida doesn’t want to make decisions to protect the people of his state himself, he should at least get out of the way and not prevent local officials from doing so.

According to the Washington Post, a spokesperson for DeSantis said that even mask mandates with opt-out clauses are a problem, because they may require a doctor’s note, and “it should be the parents’ choice.” However, she says that DeSantis’ administration would probably not pursue any financial penalties for officials in districts that allow parents to freely opt-out of a mandate.

Some local district officials have pushed back, saying that saving lives is worth any penalty imposed, and that mask mandates will be necessary for starting the school year in-person safely.



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