Gov. DeSantis brings a dose of happy mask reality to some students

Whether Ron DeSantis runs for president in 2024 or 2028, he's going to get a lot of support from ordinary Americans.  He's an effective administrator with a lot of common sense and a deep respect for individual liberty.  These last two traits came through loud and clear when he attended an event at the University of South Florida (USF) and gave the masked high school students arrayed behind the podium some good news about masks: they don't work, and you don't need them.  Leftists instantly accused him of yelling at the students.  The beaming smile of the students who took DeSantis's advice put the lie to that claim.

The video, which has been viewed 11 million times as of this writing, is simple.  DeSantis is heading to the podium at USF when he sees a group of high school students lined up against the back wall, behind where he'll stand.  He swerves away from the podium and gives them some advice:

You do not have to wear those masks. (Laughter from the students.) Please, take them off. Honestly, it's not doing anything. We've gotta stop with this COVID theater. So, if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.

Upon hearing those words, some of the students instantly strip off their masks, smiling as they do so:

The usual culprits on the left were instantly offended on the students' behalf.  How dare the governor repeat to those students the CDC's own admission that the masks are useless?  How dare he let them know that they have free will and can wear the masks or not, as they, not the government, prefer?

There was the following tweet from a Democrat group.  I was going to point out the problems with that chart, but Scott McClellan got there before me.  I'll add only that Florida has one of the oldest populations in America and that age is one of the primary indicators of a mortality risk associated with COVID.  Also, COVID is not the only thing that kills people.  So do suicide, untreated illnesses, substance abuse, and sheer despair:

R.A. Salvatore (tweet below) spoke for many when he said it was "bullying/berating" for DeSantis to repeat the CDC's own guidance and give the students a choice — and then Salvatore went on to say, as if he were coming up with an original idea, that people should have a choice, which is exactly what DeSantis said.  And if that preceding sentence confuses you, it should.  The point with the left, always, is to reject anything a Republican says, especially if that Republican is DeSantis, even if the leftists actually agree with him:

Julie Kelly, as always, gets it right:

And then there was this bit of ignorance from a member of the public who seems unaware that viruses are about 1,000 times smaller than bacteria.  The point of masks has been to keep wounds from getting infected from the larger bacteria that the masks actually block.  Almost all masks are useless against viruses.

DeSantis is a leader.  Compared to him, most Republicans are either RINOs or cowards, and most leftists, pardon me for saying so, are morons.

Image: Ron DeSantis speaking the truth about masks.  Twitter screen grab.

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