Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) drew criticism after he showed scant regard for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus safety guidelines at President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Sanford on Monday.
Video going viral shows a maskless DeSantis high-fiving several supporters of the president before rubbing his nose with his hand.
DeSantis was later photographed in the audience laughing with Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump campaign official and girlfriend of the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. Neither were wearing masks.
Trump himself also went maskless for the rally, as did many of his supporters who stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the crowd.
The event was the president’s first since being hospitalized for three days earlier this month after testing positive for COVID-19. “I feel so powerful,” Trump said just hours after White House physician Sean Conley had claimed the president was no longer infectious to others.
The CDC advises on its website that people avoid close contact with others, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and cover their mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
DeSantis, a staunch advocate for the president, has already been criticized for initially delaying the introduction of a statewide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus and then his move in September to lift restrictions and his promise not to reinstate them in the future as cases continued to increase.
His conduct at Monday’s rally only heightened people’s disapproval:
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