Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) press secretary Christina Pushaw sharply responded Thursday after the state’s Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), a frequent DeSantis critic whom he deemed a “lockdown lobbyist,” appeared on CNN, spreading disinformation on masking in school.
During the appearance, Fried, a potential DeSantis challenger, spoke of her survey of coronavirus data which she said purportedly shows that school districts starting the year with mask requirements saw infection rates three times lower than those without requirements. Fried also accused the DeSantis administration of lying and manipulating data throughout the pandemic:
Make sure every parent, teacher, and Floridian watches this ahead of today’s Florida Board of Education meeting to defund schools for literally, indisputably saving lives and livelihoods. pic.twitter.com/cv4GUtSfyE