To Florida Governor Ron DeSantis,
We, the undersigned, are writing today to demand your immediate resignation from the governorship. Your tenure has been marked by corruption, incompetence, hostility to civil liberties, and a dangerous commitment to your national political aspirations at the expense of public health.
Your completely failed leadership in responding to COVID-19 is alone sufficient grounds to call for your immediate removal from office. Against the wishes of doctors and even the majority opinion of Florida residents, you have taken aggressive action AGAINST mask mandates, even going so far as to threaten education officials who are engaged in a life or death struggle to protect students from this deadly disease. You have made your strident opposition to commonsense COVID precautions the centerpiece of your strategy; the state's most vulnerable have been made to pay the price with sickness and death.
Despite record hospitilizations, despite surging quarantine numbers among children forced to attend in person school without proper mask mandates, despite failure after failure, you refuse to turn back on your anti-scientific crusade to put yourself before the health of Floridians.
In addition to the catrastrophic failures on COVID, your stint as Governor has been marked by corruption, cronyism and an all out attack on civil liberties and voting rights. Upon taking office, one of your first actions was to oppose the will of Florida voters who sought to re-instate voting rights for formerly incarcerated individuals. And while you did not bother to call an emergency session to address COVID at the beginning of the pandemic, you made passage of the dangerous and antidemocratic HB-1 a top priority, ushering in legislation that criminializes protests and provides liability shields for violent counterprotestors who run over individuals with their cars.
You've gotten yourself booked on Fox News on the basis of your unwavering commitment to xenophobia and illiberalism, and jetted around the country to attend high profile fundraisers while day after day, Floridians suffer from your cruelty and indifference.
Florida cannot afford another month, another week, another day of your failed governorship. It's time for you to go. Now.
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