(USA Features) Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out at states that kept kids out of school for prolonged periods during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the decision to do so will negatively impact their futures.
Calling it the “biggest mistake” during the pandemic, DeSantis said during a Fox News town hall on Thursday that governors “who kept kids out of schools” were “not following science.”
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“This is politics and ideology and quite frankly it’s a disgrace. I was in Baker County, Florida. They celebrated the 180th day of being open, the full school year,” he said. “They did the full school year, finished it today from the very beginning and every single parent from the beginning had the right to send their kids to school in person.”
“I can tell you locking kids out of school for over a year, that’s going to have ramifications for our country and those states. It’s not going to be days, weeks, months,” he said. “It’s going to be years. And some of these kids are not going to have a future as a result of those bad policies.”
During the event, which featured five governors from other red states including South Dakota, Arizona, and Tennessee, DeSantis also said most people moving to Florida from Democrat-run states are registering as Republicans.
“The people that buy those phony narratives for these media, they probably aren’t coming to Florida. But most people see through it. But the people that see through it, they think like us. And so, I think a lot of these people are coming. I think they are registering as Republicans overwhelmingly,” the governor said.
“And I also have come across a lot of people who, quite frankly, were Democrats. The lockdowns turned them into Republicans,” he continued.
“People say, ‘I was a Democrat because of education, and I’m in California, and they’re locking my kids out of school. I come to Florida, they’re in school.’ People are free. People are happy,” he said.