Joy Behar blasts Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ‘a negligent, homicidal sociopath’

The View’s Joy Behar has vocally criticised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his stance against mask mandates.

Behar discussed the topic on Tuesday’s episode of The Viewdays after DeSantis passed an executive order preventing the state’s schools from requiring children to wear masks. The order states that schools imposing mask mandates will risk losing their funding.

DeSantis stuck to his position on Tuesday even as Florida broke its own record for Covid-19 hospitalisations.

Right. Well they’re not eligible for the vaccination… So you’re blaming the kids saying they weren’t wearing masks and so they’re in the ICU. With all due respect, I find that deplorable, to blame a victim who ends up being hospitalized. You don’t know their story; you don’t know what happened with that. And this has been a really negative thing throughout this whole thing, with some of these “experts” and some in the media. Somebody contracts a highly transmissible airborne virus and they’re viewed as having done something wrong.

That’s just not the way you do it. When people come in you treat them. We obviously have some people that are not vaccinatd who’ve been admitted to hospitals. Are you going to sit there and criticize or are we going to try and treat and try to help the folks.

You know, I’m just sick of the judgemental stuff on some of this. Nobody is trying to get ill here. There’s people that were hermits for a year and a half that wore six masks and did that and still contracted it ok? So let’s just be real here and let’s not indulge these things that somehow it’s their fault for not doing it.

“What am I missing here, Joy?” The View co-host Whoopi Golberg asked Behar.

“Nothing,” Behar replied. “You’re just short of calling him a negligent, homicidal sociopath, because that’s what he is.” She added: “What is he doing? He’s risking the lives of children, children’s parents, their grandparents, anyone they may come into contact with, so he can appeal to his white supremacist base, so he can continue in his career and get reelected.”

Lawyer and co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in: “I think it’s really difficult to hold public officials accountable for things like that, because a lot of times you have qualified immunity in many instances. But I do have to agree that Governor DeSantis is somewhat of a menace when it comes to public health.”

The Independent has contacted DeSantis’s office for comment.

Health officials in the US have recommended that children wear masks when heading back to school this autumn. Children under 12 currently cannot get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the US, and the Pfizer shot is the only one authorised for children 12 years and up.

Hospitals in Florida report putting emergency room patients in beds in hallways and are documenting a noticeable drop in the age of Covid patients, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Some hospitals are again banning visitors or postponing elective surgeries.

DeSantis is running for re-election next year while eyeing a 2024 presidential bid. A central tenant of his national image among conservatives is his refusal to impose mask mandates at schools and in public or to impose restrictions on businesses.