We know about Gretchen and Gavin, Nancy and Muriel, London and Lori.
Now we can add Don, as in Lemon, to the list of liberal hypocrites on COVID-19.
The often bitter CNN sourpuss has been one of the harshest critics of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and his handling of the coronavirus.
Back in August, for example, an acerbic Lemon ranted on air about DeSantis’ opposition to mask mandates for students, calling it “bulls–t.”
“How is it freedom to force children who are too young to be vaccinated into schools where they could be exposed to a deadly virus surrounded by people not wearing masks? Putting politics ahead of lifesaving science?” Lemon raged. “It is just depraved. People are dying all across this country, people with loved ones who are grieving tonight. These are people who didn’t have to die. Their loss is a very preventable tragedy.”
You can probably guess how this ends.
On Monday, the conservative Twitter account Libs of Tik Tok posted a video of a maskless Lemon and his maskless partner lounging poolside in Palm Beach. The video was reportedly taken on Sunday.
In the video, a woman mocks Lemon to the point where he and his male companion gather their belongings and leave.
“I wanna thank you. Thank you so much. And you’re in the great state of Florida,” she said. “I hope you guys enjoy it. You can enjoy it. Thank you for exposing everything. Cause we love you in Florida.”
That would be the same Florida that now boasts the lowest COVID infection rate in the nation.
Lemon did not respond to the woman as he sulked away from the pool.
CNN, in a snippy statement to the Washington Examiner, defended its host’s public display of hypocrisy.
“Don was in Florida for less than 24 hours (does not equate to a vacation),” a network spokesperson said. “He is fully vaccinated and has received his booster shot. Don’s activities were outside and were not in violation of CDC mask requirements.”
Yet Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ spokeswoman, offered a sweet rebuttal.
“Welcome to Florida @donlemon,” she tweeted. “Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis you can enjoy the Sunshine State’s beautiful weather mask-free!”
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