(USA Features) Ron DeSantis took a potshot at Joe Biden on Friday after the president attempted to diminish and dismiss the Florida governor as he and the administration traded barbs over school masking mandates.
Earlier, Biden attempted to troll DeSantis after he vowed to “stand in the way” of pandemic lockdowns, federal vaccine mandates and vaccine passports by asking “Governor who?” during a press conference.
That response led to another from DeSantis.
“I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me,” DeSantis said jokingly at a news conference. “I guess the question is, what else has he forgotten?”
But then, DeSantis got more serious about what the president has “forgotten.”
“Biden has forgotten about the crisis at our southern border, I can tell you that,” DeSantis noted.
“Biden has forgotten about the inflation that’s biting the budgets of families all throughout our country,” he continued.
“Biden has forgotten about the demonstrators who are fighting for freedom down in Cuba. Biden’s even forgotten about the Constitution itself — as we saw with what he did with this moratorium,” he added.
DeSantis was referring to an action earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ordering the continuance of an eviction moratorium that had expired July 31 after Congress failed to pass an extension. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the CDC’s initial moratorium was unconstitutional but allowed the current one to remain in effect until it expired.
Biden would later tell a news conference that most constitutional scholars believed the initial moratorium was illegal.
DeSantis then proceeded to tell Biden who he is.
“I’m the governor who protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids’ education,” he said.
“I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down,” DeSantis added.
“I’m the governor who answers to the people in Florida, not to bureaucrats in Washington.”
The back-and-forth between the president and the governor began earlier in the week when Biden criticized him and Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott as COVID infections rose in the two biggest red states, pushing them to “get out of the way” of the federal government’s alleged containment efforts.
DeSantis clapped back, telling Biden, “Do your job,” especially on the U.S.-Mexico border, where federal and local officials have said that thousands of migrants who have crossed into the U.S. illegally are infected with COVID-19.
“If you’re coming after the rights of parents in Florida, I’m standing in your way,” DeSantis noted earlier in the week, leading Biden to response “governor who” in his dismissal of the Florida leader.
“If you’re trying to deny kids a proper in-person education, I’m gonna stand in your way and stand up for the kids in Florida,” the governor noted further.
“If you’re trying to restrict people and impose mandates and ruin their jobs and livelihood, if you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way. I am standing for the people of Florida.”