Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was eviscerated on Twitter after sharing a seemingly harmless post showing him supporting businesses ahead of Mother’s Day – only he and the two women seen inside weren’t wearing masks.
The Republican governor shared the photo in a post, which pictured him at the Rusted Arrow in Pensacola.
‘With Mother’s Day around the corner I stopped by Rusted Arrow in Pensacola to pick up some gifts,’ DeSantis said in the post. ‘Great store in a beautiful downtown area!’
Co-owners Samantha Breedlove and Ruth Cornelius are seen in the picture with DeSantis, and none of the three are wearing gloves or masks.
The owners took to Instagram to share the governor’s visit and it appears they had an additional employee actually handle the items DeSantis purchased. While she was also not wearing a mask, she did have on gloves.
‘Thanks for shopping small with us today @rondesantisfl! Such a special visit and it was a pleasure to meet you and your staff,’ they said in the post. ‘Thank you for your continued efforts and support to reopen small businesses in Florida.’
While the Rusted Arrow arrows hash-tagged the photo ‘#socialdistancing,’ no one in the photos actually appeared to be staying 6ft apart.
Folks on Twitter slammed DeSantis for a number of points, especially for not reopening the economy.
But a bulk of those slamming the governor were disgusted that he hadn’t taken measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
Gov. DeSantis has only advised all Floridians to wear masks in public, but counties like Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade have mandated all residents cover faces in supermarkets and businesses.
Other cities such as Hollywood, Cooper City, Miramar, Miami, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach already have mask orders in place.
‘What is with the GOP,’ asked one user, who added DeSantis in a group along with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Governor Parsons.
Another wondered: ‘Where the hell is your mask, jacka*s.’
One person pointed out that one of the women in the store classified as ‘high-risk’, seemingly because she is older, calling DeSantis a ‘clown.’
‘Wow photographic evidence they do not care about their customers and you do not care for health or safety of others,’ one critic declared. ‘Lovely.’