Randi Weingarten walks back claim DeSantis would cause ‘millions’ in Florida to die

Randi Weingarten walks back claim DeSantis would cause ‘millions’ in Florida to die


The head of a leading teachers labor union gave a mea culpa on Thursday, one day after she took heat for saying Florida’s governor’s “ignorance” would cause millions to die.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called out Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign for selling merchandise that said “Don’t Fauci my Florida.”

“You are all probably right… I shouldn’t have said millions,” Weingarten said in a tweet on Thursday, after the backlash.

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“I should have just said DeSantis was wrong to do this,” she added. “Fauci is an amazing public servant. He shouldn’t be mocked. But I shouldn’t engage in that kind of hyperbole. My bad.”

Weingarten’s original statement came in a Wednesday tweet where she shared a Washington Post article titled “DeSantis sells ‘Don’t Fauci My Florida’ merch as new coronavirus cases near highest in nation.”

DeSantis, a Republican who’s up for re-election next year, is considered to be in the mix for his party’s 2024

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