by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Ron DeSantis on Friday mocked Joe Biden for saying ‘governor who?’ when asked about Florida’s no-mask policy and said he ‘wasn’t surprised’ the president ‘doesn’t remember me’.
‘Well I guess I’m not surprised that Biden doesn’t remember me. I guess the question is what else has he forgotten?’ DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa.
The Florida Republican and the White House have been in war of words since he announced he was banning mask mandates in schools.
It also came just hours after Biden said 350 million Americans had been vaccinated – more than the entire population.
DeSantis then listed what Biden had ‘forgotten’ in including the southern border, the Cuba crisis and the ‘constitution itself’.
‘I’m the governor who protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kid’s education,’ he said, referring to his executive order banning mask mandates in schools, which has sparked backlash in Washington.
‘I’m the governor who protects the jobs and education and businesses in Florida by not letting the federal government lock us down.
‘I’m the governor who answers to the people of Florida, not to bureaucrats in Washington.’
DeSantis’ comments on Friday came just hours after Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki took aim his policies again in the ongoing tit-for-tat.
Psaki took a dig at DeSantis’ executive order by saying politicians should not be deciding mask policy and insisted the ‘vast majority’ of Republican governors were doing a ‘good job’ when it came to COVID.
She highlighted Arkansas’s Asa Hutchinson and Maryland’s Larry Hogan for praise as she continued her attacks on DeSantis.
Hutchinson said recently he regretted signing a law banning local mask mandates. Maryland has a 78% vaccination rate and Hogan was one of the first governors in America to require face masking.