FL Surgeon General Seemed To Put His Cruelty On Display, Reportedly Refused To Wear A Mask Around Senator Who Has Cancer

There is NO excuse for this.

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It’s been rumored that Florida’s top health official, State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, was hired with the sole purpose of validating the southern, GOP state’s MAGA-loving Governor Ron DeSantis and his anti-vaccine, COVID misinformation rhetoric.

That is beginning to seem a whole lot less like a rumor and a whole lot more like cold, hard facts when Ladapo put his apparent cruelty and deep devotion to DeSantis’ ideas on display by downright refusing to wear a face mask in the office of a state Senator who’s sick with cancer and literally begins radiation therapy next week.

To make matters that much worse, Ladapo was in her office with the purpose of seeking her confirmation vote.


FloridaPolitics.com reports:

Sen. Tina Polsky, who was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in August, asked state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and his two legislative aides to leave her office after Ladapo refused to comply with her request to put on a mask.

‘I told him I had a serious medical condition,’ said Polsky, who will begin radiation therapy treatment for cancer next week.

[…] Polsky said he offered to go outside when she asked him to put the mask on, but she declined.

‘I don’t want to go outside,’ Polsky said she told Ladapo after he made the offer. ‘I want you to sit in my office and talk to you.'”

Polsky reportedly asked the FL Surgeon General if there was a particular reason why he could not mask up as she asked.

‘He just smiles and doesn’t answer. He’s very smug,’ Polsky recalled. ‘And I told him several times, ‘I have this very serious medical condition.’ And he said, ‘That’s OK,’ like it basically has nothing to do with what we are talking about.’

Eventually, Polsky said she asked Ladapo to leave her office, which he agreed to do, she said. But the Senator said before going, Ladapo remarked, ‘Sometimes I try to reason with unreasonable people for fun.'”

Look, good for her. Because I would’ve chosen violence.

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