Randi Weingarten's Unhinged Rant Against DeSantis Shows the Crazy Hyperbole of the Left

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There’s no doubt that if Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis just breathed funny, the Democratic media would find some way to attack it. He’s their secondary hate object after President Donald Trump.

They’re most upset about him standing up for individual freedoms over the past year during the pandemic. Last month, DeSantis told a Florida crowd that the state “chose freedom over ‘Fauci-ism’” with a “message for other states and other countries [to] open your states, open your schools, let people live their lives, don’t make them wear masks.”

But they really hyperventilated when they found out what DeSantis re-election team was doing in regard to Dr. Anthony Fauci, of whom he has been deeply critical. In addition to the normal pro-DeSantis they were selling in their store, they also had some “Don’t Fauci my Florida” and “Keep Florida free” merchandise.

As we noted that set off some in the media and on the left, like Joy Reid and the Washington Post

But perhaps the worst response was from American Federation of Teachers head Randi Weingarten.

“Disgusting. Millions of Floridians are going to die for Ron DeSantis’ ignorance and he’s choosing to profit from it,” Weingarten claimed. “He doesn’t care about Floridians; he cares about furthering his own cruel agenda.”

Millions of Floridians are going to die? There aren’t even a million dead across the entire country from the virus, much less in Florida. Talk about hyperbole and this is it. This is the head of the teacher’s union and she seems to have a continuing problem with math and numbers. Is there any wonder that with leadership like this that there are so many questions today about public schools? On top of all that is how harmful Weingarten’s actions in regard to schools not opening have harmed kids.

There’s a greater point in her hyperbolic reaction that’s unhinged from reality. That’s how many on the left have reacted right down the line with the pandemic, making it more about the politics than the reality or the ‘science.’ When it comes to attacking folks like DeSantis, there didn’t have to be a reality to it. The left termed him “DeathSantis” without any basis in fact, when in fact DeSantis was handling the pandemic well, with a lower death rate in his state than many other states, particularly noteworthy given the high concentration of seniors in the state. Meanwhile the left ignored the horrible actions of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, turning him into a hero. They also turned Fauci into a hero who was not to be questioned.

DeSantis’ press secretary, Christina Pushaw, laid a few facts on Weingarten and others also brought her up short.

Weingarten later backed off the numbers.