After more than a year of opposing mask mandates and refusing lockdowns, Governor DeSantis (R-FL) has become the subject of scrutiny for national Democrats with Press Secretary Jen Psaki leading the charge, smearing his policies. However, DeSantis has fired back at the White House over what they call "baseless" COVID claims.
Paski stated in a recent press briefing this week "there are steps and precautions that can be taken including encouraging people to get vaccinated, encouraging people to wear masks, including allowing schools to mandate masks and allowing kids to wear masks, which is not the current state of Florida."
However, these claims may be partially untrue. The governor has hosted over 50 vaccine encouraging events, suggesting that Floridians get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a recent Fox News article. The governor's office also rebutted the statement about masks in school, claiming that there is no prohibition of masks and the parents decide what is best for their child.
Governor DeSantis' new and fiery, outspoken Press Secretary Christina Pushaw fired back at the gubernatorial hopeful and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) who has seemingly stuck to the same COVID-19 narrative as the White House.
Pushaw in a Tweet called Fried's assertion that Florida is neglecting to report COVID cases as "absolutely inaccurate and baseless." Adding "The Florida Department of Health routinely and automatically reports COVID-19 data Monday through Friday.":
This is absolutely inaccurate and baseless. The Florida Department of Health routinely and automatically reports COVID-19 data Monday through Friday. I implore @NikkiFried to stop fueling conspiracy theories that undermine trust in Florida's public health officials. https://t.co/2dNZJa5HgE
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) August 2, 2021
Pushaw then accused Fried of "pushing conspiracy theories. Secretary Pushaw also attacked the White House, claiming "The White House should be more concerned about the flip-flopping of the CDC, which is inadvertently promoting vaccine hesitancy with their confusing, contradictory public communications."