During a speech at the University of South Florida Governor Ron DeSantis turned to students who were stood directly behind him and asked them to take off their face masks, calling it ‘ridiculous theater’.
DeSantis approached the lectern to announce funding for cybersecurity education, but took umbrage with the masked students that had been positioned there for the cameras.
“You do not have to wear those masks,” DeSantis said.
“I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything and we’ve gotta stop with this Covid theater,” the Governor urged.
“If you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous,” he asserted.
In a twist to the story, one student who apparently gleefully removed the mask was later scolded by his mother, who also slammed DeSantis for telling the students to take off the masks.