Will Charlie Crist beg for ‘Pandemic Amnesty’ When He Loses?
Midterms are looking increasingly grim for Democrats, not least over their handling of COVID-19, which has led to calls from the political left for “pandemic amnesty.”
In the now-infamous article from The Atlantic, the author argues that COVID policies such as shutting down beaches and schools should be forgiven on the basis that “We didn’t know.” Leaving aside the dubious notion that no one was pointing out the folly of these policies, the plea for mercy comes as one of the first admittances of wrongdoing on the subject.
Even Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers organization, tacitly acknowledged the problems with COVID-19 policy. After all, why request amnesty if one is confident in their actions?
— Randi Weingarten 🇺🇦🇺🇸💪🏿👩🎓 (@rweingarten) October 31, 2022
The policies that national figures are now apologizing for are still embraced today by Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist and his running mate Karla Hernández-Mats.
Hernández-Mats and her teacher’s union, United Teachers of Dade, scoffed at objections to mandates and demonized concerned parents.
According to Charlie Crist’s running mate, teacher union boss Karla Hernandez Mats:
If you are against mask mandates in schools, you are not a parent. You are a “soldier of faux rage, false narratives, and political interests” fired up with conspiracy theories.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) August 27, 2022
— Karla Hernández (@KarlaforFlorida) October 22, 2021
Reminder that in 2020, @CharlieCrist’s new expected running mate Karla Hernandez-Mats, the president of the Miami teachers union, set up a protest to keep schools closed. She brought hearses outside of a school board meeting, insinuating kids would die if schools were opened up. pic.twitter.com/W7zqqCGxvM
— Will Witt (@thewillwitt) August 26, 2022
Hernández-Mats also openly advocated for schools to remain shut down.
As president of the United Teachers of Dade, Karla Hernandez-Mats fought HARD to keep schools closed.https://t.co/Wjp4OzFT04https://t.co/z8i9Fxua2ihttps://t.co/Q1h0C7HXszhttps://t.co/jDIiFujRhG pic.twitter.com/HB0UDKFG4Q
— max (@MaxNordau) August 26, 2022
Charlie Crist, on the other hand, never stopped showing support for mandates.
Crist mentioned that he would continue to wear a mask while on planes. When asked if he’d be open to renewing mask mandates, he replied, “I’d be open to doing what scientists advise.” The same scientists that, as The Atlantic article points out, made recommendations that turned out to be harmful and based on insufficient evidence.
Charlie Crist says he’s open to mask and vaccine mandates in Florida because apparently there’s been a slight rise in COVID cases pic.twitter.com/LoDbkw171V
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) November 1, 2022
But Crist is likely not interested in what other scientists, like, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, has to say on the subject of COVID mandates.
Watch my full EXCLUSIVE interview w/ @FLSurgeonGen Dr Joe Ladapo: On Why He’s Not Recommending mRNA COVID Vaccines for Healthy, Young Men—& his remarkable personal journey that made him the right person at the right time to speak truth about the pandemic👇https://t.co/ncDMEhVUKG
— Jan Jekielek (@JanJekielek) October 31, 2022
Crist also supported extended lockdowns over COVID-19.
Charlie Crist has openly advocated for lockdowns, and statewide mask mandates, as recently as summer 2021. If it were up to him, Florida would have been locked down 18 months or more. He also supports covid shot mandates for students to attend K-12 schools. And yet… pic.twitter.com/u3WdIBUnKP
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 31, 2022
Even the infamous man who dressed as the Grim Reaper during COVID to shame and scare people off the beach was a friend of Charlie Crist.
@CharlieCrist is on record saying that he would bring mask mandates back.
He would close our beaches and mandate Covid vaccines for our children too.
Remember Uhlfelder aka "The Grim Reaper"? He is Crist buddy.⬇️
— CeCe ✞🇺🇸 🌴 (@Ohio_buckeye_us) October 31, 2022
Most importantly, Crist supported vaccine passports and vaccine mandates in schools but later attempted to backtrack. DeSantis nailed him on this point during their gubernatorial debate.
Charlie TUNA Crist supports COVID VACCINE PASSPORTS! His own words! https://t.co/nAnY4ttR0T
— DrDonAndSusan (@DrDonAndSusan) October 30, 2022
Governor DeSantis put students first. @CharlieCrist is a puppet for the special interests pulling his strings… like the teacher union bosses. Charlie would have locked kids out of school for 18 months, then forced them to cover their faces & get shots.pic.twitter.com/6mJmZDB5Je
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 25, 2022
A year after he advocated for covid shot mandates for children to attend school, Charlie Crist realized it's unpopular.
Now he is desperate to run away from his record. We won't let him.
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 26, 2022
Despite the calls for “pandemic amnesty,” midterm prospects indicate that Floridians and the rest of the country will not forget Crist’s record so easily.
Oh my, this clip is horrible. Charlie Crist is a true Covidian. Floridians don’t want Covid mandates and don’t want to elect someone who is masking due to a “new variant”. Ron DeSantis will win in a landslide.
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) November 1, 2022
Why would FL want tyranny with Crist who wants to mask your kids, lockdown FL over a so called new Covid variant, push vax mandates and destroy your freedoms? Oh yeah, dont forget sexualizing your little kids..🤬
— MidwestGal (@sugar_melody1) November 3, 2022
Remember your freedoms FL!! If Crist was there during covid you would have been masked for 2 years, forced to get the jab, parental and medical rights stripped from families, & your grandparents would've died because dem govs sent c-19 patients to nursing homes. Don't be a fool.
— Look4Yourself (@Look_4_Yourself) November 3, 2022
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 2, 2022
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