For many Americans, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has become an icon of what NOT to do as a global pandemic threatens the nation.
He held off on ordering Floridians to shelter in place until early April, weeks after states like New York and California took precautions and long after many spring breakers had traveled to Florida's beaches to party in large groups.
Now, he's attempting to take the virus a little more seriously. But his efforts at a daily press briefing were undercut by his choice to wear only a single glove.
He then proceeded to touch his face with his ungloved hand that he'd used to grip a microphone.
Did he learn nothing from Rudy Gobert?
Twitter didn't show DeSantis any mercy for his lack of proper protection.
This is the Governor of Florida. He is wearing one glove. And touching his face with the hand that has no glove. Th… https://t.co/nu9GJzgH6s— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder)1586392189.0
How not to use gloves by @GovRonDeSantis. https://t.co/CjBFLBzzaR— Kevin Cate (@Kevin Cate)1586367470.0
And yes, of course he's touching his face. https://t.co/JZqOBpHvxO— Kevin Cate (@Kevin Cate)1586367919.0
If DeSantis was trying to make a fashion statement, it was not a good one.
@GovRonDeSantis, the One Glove Gov. #COVID19 #Florida https://t.co/CFlUH6bH1m— BrighterSide (@BrighterSide)1586366526.0
Ron DeSantis is only wearing one glove. Half-assing it just like he has with this #coronavirus management— Social Tiffstancing 🏡 (@Social Tiffstancing 🏡)1586366774.0
People online were at a loss—why would anyone make the choice to wear only a single glove?
Everything you need to know about @GovRonDeSantis in one photo.🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/ERLv2VH2os— Fernand R. Amandi (@Fernand R. Amandi)1586368995.0
Can someone please explain why @GovRonDeSantis is wearing one glove 🧤?#coronavirus #Florida #Floridacoronavirus https://t.co/GWWDvjJxP8— SV (@SV)1586379882.0
Many Floridians took notice of their governor failing to live up to expectations.
@GovRonDeSantis @nbc6 What NOT to do when wearing a glove. https://t.co/fPRmjLmUxg— Pinto (@Pinto)1586366874.0
Why is @GovRonDeSantis wearing only one glove? He keeps touching stuff with both and has wiped his face with his ha… https://t.co/8I8Hz0knX2— Jonathan Rosado (@Jonathan Rosado)1586367915.0
Could DeSantis be a Michael Jackson fan?
@NYDailyNews all kids are doing it these days https://t.co/Ggafo4T3aO— Cornwallis (@Cornwallis)1586399064.0
@NYDailyNews The Moon Walkin’ governor.— Blackbeard's Dagger (@Blackbeard's Dagger)1586409844.0
Just noticed on the @news6wkmg breaking news that @GovRonDeSantis had only one glove on yet touched his mouth with… https://t.co/XULQbKWFXC— Allintheballs (@Allintheballs)1586368608.0
While wearing only a single glove is irresponsible, touching your face with the ungloved hand is just downright dumb.
This guy puts the “duh” in #Florida.🤯 @GovRonDeSantis #COVID19 #coronavirus #WashYourHands https://t.co/RpuHfpLGj8— Dr. Dena Grayson (@Dr. Dena Grayson)1586406951.0
Many still hadn't forgiven DeSantis for his delay in taking precautions against the virus.
.@GovRonDeSantis is the same guy who REFUSED to issue statewide stay-at-home orders until last week. That delay -li… https://t.co/BYuZNbmwKW— Rob Wagner 😷😷🍸🍸 (@Rob Wagner 😷😷🍸🍸)1586435488.0
@HuffPost @GovRonDeSantis Not,surprising given he just issued #StayAtHome order on April 3, 2020. That was 6 days a… https://t.co/BmaXmqRJW0— Lisa Pavin (@Lisa Pavin)1586427790.0
@HuffPost Proving he's still doin a half a**ed job protecting Floridians.— Just can't stay silent (@Just can't stay silent)1586424130.0
Remember, everyone: don't be like Governor DeSantis. Be sure to glove BOTH hands and refrain from touching your face whenever possible.
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