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.

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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?

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.

Hernández-Mats also openly advocated for schools to remain shut down.

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.

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.

Crist also supported extended lockdowns over COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.

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