Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis slammed President Joe Biden for a “pathetic failure of leadership” when it comes to getting children back in school.
Riding a huge wave of popularity over common sense policies when it comes to the handling of the pandemic, which resulted in DeSantis being the only politician to give former President Donald Trump any competition in a CPAC presidential straw poll — the annual gathering of conservatives was in Orlando, Fla. — the Republican appeared on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty and Levin” and was asked about the inconsistency around the country on the issue.
“Look at what’s going on in Florida. No, there isn’t a massive outbreak of the virus in the classrooms with the teachers or the students. That’s the data. That’s reality,” host Mark Levin explained. “Look at California. The whole damn thing is shut down. Look at New York. The whole damn thing is shut down. Isn’t this common sense at this point?”
“Without question. and the numbers are very clear if you look at the pediatric cases up to 17,” DeSantis replied. “California per capita is higher than Florida, and they’ve had schools closed. And I think the reason is when kids do get infected, it’s usually not in school. It’s usually in the community. So having them do virtual [schooling] doesn’t solve that problem at all.”
“So the evidence is very clear at this point, Mark,” he continued. “This is just purely being subservient to a special interest and Biden has been one of the worst in it, because when he says, ‘My goal is to get 50% of the schools in person in 100 days,’ we’ve already had that.”
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Insisting that Biden is beholden to the teachers unions, DeSantis said the president is behind the curve.
“His goal should have been yesterday to get everybody back in school, but he can’t do that because he doesn’t want to upset the teachers’ unions,” he added. “It’s a pathetic failure of leadership to not stand up for these kids and for these families.”
Even worse, given that the Democratic Party bills itself as the party of working class American, the governor noted that low income families are impacted the most when government keeps schools closed.
“And you know, the kids that are the most impacted and the families that are the most impacted are the low income, blue collar middle class kids,” Gov. DeSantis said. “The wealthy sons and daughters of, say, elected officials and other powerful people, they’re sending their kids in person in private schools, but they’re not affording that right to the folks who need to go to the public school system.”
DeSantis also noted that he was the first governor in the country to reject the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on vaccinating seniors, and while he has been attacked by corrupt media over the decision, he shared that other states are now following Florida’s lead.
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“The CDC, initially they did not want to put seniors in front of the line at all, they wanted to do young workers, and actually their initial guidelines would’ve had a 20-year-old grocery store clerk get a vaccine before a 74-year-old grandmother,” he said. “That did not make any sense in terms of where the risk is on this.”
“So I was the first governor in the country to reject those guidelines, and I said we’ll do our 65-and-up community,” DeSantis added. “That’s 4.5 million people in Florida, so that’s a lot of folks.”
The governor said he believes history will prove states “were able to reduce mortality” with a seniors first approach.
“Some states are doing their prisoners before their elderly, I mean it’s crazy,” he told Levin. “I didn’t want politics to be into this. I want to focus on where the risk was. And what’s happened since then — and of course, I was criticized because whatever I do, they’re going to try to hit me — I was criticized, but then other states started following Florida and even the CDC had to say, ‘No, you do need to do 65 and up.’”
“So we were right on that,” DeSantis concluded. “And I think we were right because we had a firm grasp of the data, we understood where the risk was, and we’re going to make sure we were applying those resources that would save the most lives.”
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