by Hannah Bleau, Breitbart:
Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) administration is hitting back after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters it is “greatly concerning” that the Florida governor refuses to force children to wear masks in schools, asserting that those who are advocating to do so are simply “not following the science.”
On Thursday, Psaki told reporters she would be very concerned if she were a parent of a child in Florida, given DeSantis’s unyielding position to prioritize individual liberty and personal choice in regards to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and, specifically, in relation to masking children in school. On Thursday, DeSantis affirmed his refusal to implement coercive government mandates on children and parents ahead of the school year. Psaki said:
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If I were a parent in Florida, that would be greatly concerning to me because kids under the age of 12 are not vaccinated. They’re not eligible yet. As the president said last night, obviously it’s going to be led by the FDA, but certainly, we hope that will be soon.
Psaki claimed maskless schools will “put kids at risk” and bragged that her children are now “quite adjusted” to covering their faces in public.
“We know masks are not the most comfortable thing. I will say my kids are quite adjusted to them as I know many kids are, so certainly we would have concern about any step that doesn’t abide by public health guidelines and we think it puts people at greater risk,” she added.
DeSantis’s team told Breitbart News that those exercising Psaki’s line of thinking are simply not following the science.
“There is no scientific justification for masking children. On the contrary, studies have shown that children are at very low risk of COVID, masks can actually make them sick (because of bacteria that grows on the masks), and for young children, masks can interfere with speech and language learning,” Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. DeSantis, told Breitbart News exclusively. She noted that the negative impacts of masks on children — from a social and mental health standpoint, particularly — remain unknown.
“The negative impact of masks on children’s socialization and mental health is still unknown, but many parents are concerned about this, and their concerns are valid,” she said.
“Parents like Psaki who feel more comfortable muzzling their children are not following the science. With that said, parents are allowed to make their own choices in Florida. Masks just won’t be mandated in schools,” Pushaw added.