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Anti-Mask Merch Salesman Ron DeSantis Wonders How Masks Became Political


Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who sells anti-mask merchandise on his campaign website, now wonders why masks have become so political.

Despite the spiking COVID-19 death toll in his state, which has been hardest hit by the Delta variant, DeSantis issued an executive order this summer blocking local schools from implementing mask mandates to combat the virus spread.

A Florida judge on Wednesday, however, ruled against DeSantis and allowed schools to mandate masks without a parent opt-out while the governor appeals to a higher court. The same judge initially ruled last month that DeSantis did not have the authority to ban the mandates.

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