MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocks Governor DeSantis and followers as 'slack-jawed yokels'

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough opened a “Morning Joe” segment on Thursday with an attack on both Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his supporters.

The MSNBC host focused on the recent press conference held by DeSantis on Wednesday where he responded to President Joe Biden’s attacks on his management of COVID-19 in his state. During the conference, DeSantis also called out Biden’s lack of response to the ongoing crisis along the southern border.

“Joe Biden has taken to himself to try to single out Florida over COVID. What is his big solution? What is he so upset about Florida?” DeSantis said. “His solution is he wants to have the government force kindergarteners to wear masks in school. He thinks that should be a decision for the government. Well I can tell you that in Florida, the parents are going to be the ones in charge of that decision. So why don’t you do your job, why don’t you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you.”

Scarborough, who served as a Florida congressman from 1995 to 2001, immediately mocked this response, claiming DeSantis was attempting to fool his unintelligent followers.

“I mean, who, who was he talking to? Cletus the slack-jawed yokel? Like who, who was really fooled by that?” Scarborough fired back.

While DeSantis is an opponent of mask mandates, he does not bar people from masking themselves or their children of their own choice.

“We pride ourselves on people being free to choose on how they want to govern their affairs,” DeSantis said. “We’re basically empowering the parents to be able to recognize what’s best for their kids.”

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