Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis telling a group of high school students that they could take off their masks has pushed Ukraine out of the headlines. We’ve heard from the media that DeSantis chastised, bullied, berated, and admonished the students for wearing masks. The viral video showing DeSantis and the kids was posted after 1 p.m., and the Miami Herald editorial board has already published a piece about DeSantis’ “rant” — the shortest rant we’ve ever seen.
In rant against students wearing masks, DeSantis channels his inner Karen | Editorial https://t.co/zMlv8Sgkzj
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 2, 2022
Here’s what the editorial board came up with:
DeSantis’ attitude was classic Karen — the slang for self-centered, entitled white women who berate service workers and call 911 on Black people. During the pandemic, a new breed of Karens has emerged, the ones set off by other people wearing masks.
DeSantis likes to brag that Florida is “the freest state in the United States,” especially when it comes to personal choice on masks. Local governments and schools were banned from requiring them. But it appears that freedom doesn’t apply to those who, despite the CDC’s relaxed mask guidance, still are concerned about COVID.
Unlike anti-maskers, maskers don’t put other people’s health at risk. So let them be, governor. Save your anti-mask, anti-vaccine diatribes for FOX News. The only one looking ridiculous is you.
But you’re good with this pic.twitter.com/I0vIbxJfnv
— Christina Pushaw 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 3, 2022
Last night the "Science" changed !! pic.twitter.com/RtvWoVnQ6q
— csaw (@csaw73) March 3, 2022
See here's the thing. Karen wouldn't have told them they could wear them if they wanted, like DeSantis did.
Karen would have simply screamed, posted it to facebook, called the manager and probably got in touch with you.
— Han Brolo (@bxlewi1) March 3, 2022
We’re giving this tweet special attention, because it’s special:
If the students are under 18 he could be charged with child (emotional) abuse.
— Dot Schwartz (@schwartz_dot) March 2, 2022
Child abuse. OK.
Yeah. Imagine allowing people people to make up their own minds.
— Luigi Vercotti (@UgButtley) March 3, 2022
— JG (@therealjgmia) March 2, 2022
Best governor we’ve ever had. Stay mad, though. 😄
— Jocelyn Waulk Gorman (@ReformedMami) March 3, 2022
LOL the Herald's editorial writers are the real Karens.
— Atlas the Titan (@atlas_thetitan) March 2, 2022
Exactly — they’re the ones who’d make a scene over someone not wearing a mask in a grocery store.
A Karen is someone who is pro mask not pro choice… why is it that all the covidiots cannot understand this simple self explanatory term… 😏😏😏
— Maria (@Massshhu) March 2, 2022
that wasn’t a rant. Stop your gaslighting. Your ideology is showing. AGAIN
— Cps51 (@cps51) March 3, 2022
Your editorial board is the enemy of the people.
— Aegon🐺Targaryen🐉VI (@jasonrichardson) March 3, 2022
I am so grateful to have him as our governor. Freedom…sweet freedom…trying being an adult and do your job. What a freaking joke you guys are…
— ChocolateLabrador (@kjeckart) March 3, 2022
You realize that the real shame here is that the students didn’t know they even had a choice, right? You guys strengthen Desantis at every possible turn because of your cringe criticism of simple, logical things. Keep up the good work.
— Cori Britt (@CoriBritt1) March 3, 2022
— ColoradoHusker🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@SunsetMogey) March 3, 2022
— WhiskyGinger🍊 (@Pr3s1dentElect) March 3, 2022
A rant? That’s not a rant. It does follow science though.
— Toby (@tobyknowsbest1) March 3, 2022
@ColonelSugna75 we need Karen hair on the Herald logo!
— PodiatristRonaRon (@PodiatristRon) March 3, 2022
— Colonel Sugna 75 (@ColonelSugna75) March 3, 2022
He told them to wear them if they chose to but it’s pointless and they don’t have to. This is the opposite of being a Karen but go on Miami Herald. 🙄
— Helen Wheels (@txtiger1) March 3, 2022
The left is having a hard time deprogramming themselves from mask theater.
— 10% for the Big Guy🚚🚛 (@rumBaKnight) March 2, 2022
What a ludicrous headline.
— Cmcox (@cakmwk) March 3, 2022
A “rant”? Hardly.
— President elect Boe Jiden (@ElectBoe) March 3, 2022
Amazing how a once proud newspaper is now a joke. I used to actually look forward to having the Herald delivered. Journalism is dead and has been replaced by a bunch of fools.
— Bellabelle (@runnerbelle17) March 3, 2022
Lol, you clowns just dont know how to do anything else do you?
— IronSuit (@iron_suit) March 3, 2022
Just look at whatever DeSantis is doing and argue for the opposite. Go find that Grim Reaper guy who was patrolling the beaches and interview him … see what he’s up to now.
‘This is hardly berating’: Chris Hayes’ take on Gov. DeSantis telling students they don’t need to wear masks ignores a couple key points https://t.co/J3E2c2tFc6
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 2, 2022