Scathing ad from conservative group shows how badly Ron DeSantis' COVID-19 response has endangered Florida schoolchildren
With one out of every five new COVID-19 cases occurring in Florida — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is drawing a great deal of criticism from Democrats, including members of the Biden Administration, for his handling of the crisis. But some of the criticism is coming from right-wing Never Trumpers as well, including The Lincoln Project — which lambasts DeSantis' COVID-19 response in an ad that is brief but scathing.
Although the conservative anti-Trump group's ad is only one minute long, that doesn't make it any less biting. The ad, which is titled "Pro-Life," opens with a shot of a school bus before showing an August 2 headline from the Tampa Bay Times: "Florida Leads the Nation for Kids Hospitalized for COVID." And an August 5 headline from the Orlando Sentinel shown in the ad reads, "Central Florida Children Increasingly Being Hospitalized for COVID-19; Some Were Eligible for Vaccination."
DeSantis, much to the chagrin of health officials, recently issued an executive order barring public school districts in the Sunshine State from imposing mask mandates in the classroom.
Also shown in The Lincoln Project's ad is an August 6 Florida Times-Union headline that reads, "Gut-wrenching: Children Making Up More Of Jacksonville's Surge Of COVID Hospitalizations.
The ad concludes with a clip of DeSantis claiming, "Florida got it right, and the lockdown states got it wrong." But the headlines The Lincoln Project show in their ad make it painfully clear that DeSantis is the one who "got it wrong," not the states he slams as "lockdown states."
Watch the ad below:
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