DeSantis blows off criticism over no mask at Super Bowl, asks how he’s expected to ‘drink a beer with a mask on?’

On Sunday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) was in attendance at The National Football League’s Super Bowl championship game and related festivities in his home state.

Following the event, the governor maintained a nonchalant attitude to those who criticized him for not wearing a face mask, The Daily Caller reported.

“Drink a beer with a mask on?”

According to Politico reporter Marc Caputo, DeSantis responded during a press conference Monday to a photo on social media that showed him talking with someone in a nearby seat, with neither individual wearing a mask.

DeSantis said, “Someone said, ‘hey, you were at the Super Bowl without a mask’ … but how the hell am I going to be able to drink a beer with a mask on? Come on. I had to watch the Bucs win.”

Mayor displeased

In addition to the photo of DeSantis, there was also plenty of photos and video of other people at the Super Bowl or celebratory gatherings afterward who were not wearing face masks or adhering to social distancing recommendations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press reported.

That led to quite a bit of consternation from Tampa Mayor Jane Castor (D), who prior to the game had imposed a largely symbolic and unenforceable mask mandate on the city as a precaution against fears of a “superspreader” event that would result in a spike of new cases.

“It is a little frustrating because we have worked so hard,” Castor said during a press conference Monday. “At this point in dealing with COVID-19, there is a level of frustration when you see that.”

However, her tune shifted slightly later in the day during a separate press conference during which she acknowledged that a “majority” of those who attended the game or celebrations afterward had complied with her order for everyone to wear masks.

“I’m opposed to mandates”

The hard reality for folks like Mayor Castor is that, regardless of how frustrated she might be by those who ignored her mask mandate, the fact is that local mandate are overridden and unenforceable thanks to an earlier executive order from DeSantis that explicitly prohibits fines and penalties for non-compliance with mask mandates, according to the AP.

The Palm Beach Post reported in November that DeSantis had been adamant that Florida would not be imposing any mask mandates, business or school closures, or stay-at-home lockdown orders, as has been the case in many other states.

“I’m opposed to mandates, period. I don’t think they work,” the governor said at that time. “People in Florida wear (masks) when they go out. They don’t have to be strung up by a bayonet to do it.”

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    1. Love Governor DeSantis. He gets it! I wish he was the Governor in Washington State. Outs is an idiot. DeSantis is dealing with common sense. Lord Dimsley of Washington is clueless.

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  2. When people realize the mask mandate and the 6′ rule is just to see how many sheep the left has they will stop both. I have never worn the “mask” and will not and when I go into stores no one says anything. So people stop following the dark side that want to control you.

    1. I also do not wear one as I cannot breath and when stopped in Sam’s and I told the woman that as she worked there, no one has ever said anything to me at the store. And I also will not get the vaccine.

      1. Bad Man, I totally agree with you. People who have pre-existing conditions as in heart or cancer problems are dying of that disease. It is hard on the system when you have a terminal disease and then get pneumonia and you most likely will die. I will not even be tested because I have read they may be putting the bug in you. I know, people are going to say not true, I have seen where several doctors and scientist have discovered that. We are, some anyway, lab rats. They do not as a rule do autopsies on people lately that have pre-existing terminal illnesses if they have symptoms of pneumonia/covid. But why would they put on a 19 year old healthy young man was killed in a motorcycle accident that he died of covid? some folks say the numbers like lottery scores with glee that we have that many. NY Governor said on TV he was sending all the old folks to the nursing homes because they were old and gonna die soon anyway. I am 77 years young and took offense at what he said. Thank God I live in Florida with a sensible governor.

    1. Martin Are you that Stupid? Florida is doing Great because of Governor DeSantis. I I am a registered Democrat and have been my whole voting life. But I will never ever vote Democrat again. They are not Democrats anymore. All filled with HATE & GREED! You are nothing but a useful idiot for them. I pray you are not from NEW YORK & trying to change our FLORIDA?

      1. BTW Martha the not so smart pseudo president of the USA is talking about stopping people traveling to and from Florida.

  3. I read earlier that the Mayor of Tampa told Police to hunt down people who were not wearing masks at the game so that they could be fined.

  4. And to all you idiots that move down here that are Democrat and if you bring your politics down here it’s going to be just like New York you need to check them at the door or the border. And for those that don’t like Donald Trump that is your prerogative but Joe Biden’s is destroying this country and Kamala Harris is inciting violence by bowing down to antifa Donald Trump stood up to them at least he would’ve taken them down if he got elected again so if you don’t like Donald Trump that’s on you we love him the greatest president this country has ever had

  5. And to all you idiots that move down here that are Democrat and if you bring your politics down here it’s going to be just like New York you need to check them at the door or the border. And for those that don’t like Donald Trump that is your prerogative but Joe Biden’s is destroying this country and Kamala Harris is inciting violence by bowing down to antifa Donald Trump stood up to them at least he would’ve taken them down if he got elected again so if you don’t like Donald Trump that’s on you we love him the greatest president this country has ever had

  6. And now Fauci and the CDC say we must wear two masks, then maybe ten? And, next, you won’t be able to leave your home or get food…complete lockdown.. When will this insanity end? It should be obvious this is the destruction of America, our way of life and our freedom. But, there are too many sheep who have been effectively brainwashed by the likes of the mainstream media. Everything is backwards.. Conspiracy is truth and truth is conspiracy..

    1. I agree. We do not need someone coming here to make us “like back home”. Fauci has no idea what is going on. He changes every day and when they figure covid is a bacteria as the Italians have discovered then it can be taken care of.

  7. It is a Pain-Demic which is a HOAX. If it was planned then it is not real. Fauci announced in 2017 that there will be a pandemic in this presidency. How did he know that? Unless he is control of the virus which he can release it when the right time comes.
    My husband and I refuse to wear mask. Sometimes we’re asked why we don’t wear mask we just told them that we are not sick and it is our rights and our choice and they too have the same rights and choice but they chose to wear mask that is their decision.

  8. Governor DeSantis!!! Thank You for standing up for the people of Florida!!! We are so fortunate to have a Governor who speaks the truth and sees through the lies! We are Blessed to have you!!! Stand firm!…we are with you🇺🇸 Do not let the demonic left restrict our freedom🇺🇸 God Bless You🙏

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