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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) has dived to new depths, the Washington Post editorial board argued in a critical essay published Tuesday.
The newspaper’s board said the Donald Trump loyalist had fallen to “breathtaking levels of cynicism” by aligning himself with misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, campaigning against mask warrants and announcing fines for local governments that impose vaccine mandates on staff.
DeSantis tries to present himself “as an advocate for personal freedom,” the board said. But it actually only adds “to vaccine reluctance which has become a major obstacle to greater immunity and to the end of the pandemic,” he added.
“Sir. DeSantis has national political ambitions. But what he displays here is crass opportunism and contempt for the greater good,” concluded the board of directors.
“As it stirs the ignorance and misguided impulses of some members of the Republican base, it acts against the very tools needed to save lives and stop the pandemic.”
Read the full editorial here.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.