'This is ridiculous': Video shows Florida Gov. DeSantis yelling at Tampa teenagers for wearing masks at his press conference

"We've gotta stop with this Covid theater. So if you wanna wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous."

Like an old man stumbling into a Hot Topic, today Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to yell at a group of teens for wearing something he doesn't like.

According to WFLA, DeSantis was at the University of South Florida this morning to announce funding for a $20 million cyber security program, when he noticed some of the students that would be standing behind him were wearing protective face coverings.

In a candid video captured by the the local station, a frustrated DeSantis can be seen barking at the students, who WFLA reporter Evan Donovan says were actually students from Tampa's Middleton High School.

"You do not have to wear those masks," said DeSantis. "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."

In the video, some of the students then removed their face masks, while a few kept them on through the press conference.

Interestingly, the same scene showing DeSantis yelling at kids was muted in the official video for the conference posted on DeSantis' Twitter account. .  Today's actions comes as no surprise, especially from a governor who has done nothing but display COVID-19 theater from the beginning of the pandemic, like when he was unable to figure out how to put a mask on his face


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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Chava Communications.
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