- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is ridiculed on Twitter for comments he made on Home Depot, Walmart, and school openings.
- “I am confident that if you can do Home Depot, if you can do Walmart, if you can do these things, we can absolutely do the schools,” said DeSantis.
- He cited his desire to “minimize this educational gap that I believe has developed due to the corona virus”.
- Twitter users quickly pointed out that the experience of sitting in a classroom eight hours a day is different from that of a home depot.
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was roasted because he compared the reopening of K-1
DeSantis spoke at a press conference in Jacksonville, Florida, where he appeared with U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. In his remarks, the governor urged the reopening of public schools.
“Different parents have different calculations,” said DeSantis. “If a parent wants to opt for virtual education, they should definitely be able to. We shouldn’t force them to make any decisions.”
– Steve Contorno (@scontorno), July 9, 2020
—The recount (@therecount) July 9, 2020
DeSantis compared the reopening of schools to the fact that consumers can continue to shop from major retailers.
“But I’m confident if you can do Home Depot, if you can do Walmart, if you can do these things, we can absolutely do the schools,” he said. “I want our children to be able to minimize this educational gap that I think has developed.”
DeSantis also argued that the risk from COVID-19 for children is much lower than for the elderly. But Twitter viewers immediately jumped in to argue that the parallel of the republican governor had no logic.
– South Paw (@nycsouthpaw) July 9, 2020
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– Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub), July 9, 2020
– Matt Glassman (@ MattGlassman312), July 9, 2020
– Commissioner Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy), 9 July 2020
– Ted Lieu (@tedlieu), July 9, 2020
—Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 9, 2020
– Answer. Anna V. Eskamani @ (@AnnaForFlorida) July 9, 2020
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
DeSantis has worked hard to reopen public schools in August.
In a PowerPoint slide with 143 slides in favor of reopening schools, the governor’s government said, “Florida can only make its economic move if the schools are open.”
The governor – an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump – had previously come under fire for dealing with his country’s coronavirus pandemic. In March, he waited to close the beaches crowded with night owls, and then refused to close the state until April 1st. Florida’s nationwide order to stay at home was lifted in late April. Since then, DeSantis has often expressed its willingness to reopen Florida’s economy, even though COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in its state in the summer.