Although they were largely met with support, some twisted users took the opportunity to fire politically motivated abuse at the Florida Governor’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Canadian comedian Devan Green tweeted: “I feel sorry for Casey DeSantis, not only to get such a horrible diagnosis but also face the prospect of Ron DeSantis choosing between helping protect his wife’s immune system by wearing a mask; and pandering to anti-maskers for his voracious political ambitions.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “I hope she is smart enough not to allow her husband treat her breast cancer with Ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine,” – referring to the claims once made by Donald Trump.
A third added: “Gonna be really hard to offer thoughts and prayers to Casey DeSantis, wife of a man who botched a pandemic that led to the deaths of 55,000+ Floridians.
Other unfounded abusive comments even accused the Florida Governor of making the devastating news up, with one user claiming it was “a gimmick for pity votes.”
Another added: “Can someone check if this is true.. cause maybe he’s just looking for some sympathy and extra attention for his presidential run.
“When it comes to scum like Ron, I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Gov. DeSantis released the following statement regarding his wife’s diagnosis.
“I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady. As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state. Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up,” the governor said.
The first lady is receiving treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.
Dr. Brian Czerniecki has spent a lifetime treating breast cancer patients. As the chair of the department of breast oncology at Moffitt, he is incredibly passionate about saving lives and knows firsthand what it’s like to tell young mothers they have breast cancer.
It is a diagnosis, he says, that changes everything.
“It’s very traumatic for young mothers that are diagnosed with it. Fortunately, people should be assured they’re going to live a long time,” he told 8 On Your Side. “You begin to realize that life is fragile and it resets your priorities.”
For young mothers, in particular, their first concern is their children, says Dr. Czerniecki.
The longtime oncologist understands how life-altering it is when breast cancer is detected and diagnosed.
“Usually the first thing young mothers are concerned about is, am I going to live to see my children graduate high school or go to their first dance, or drive their car. It’s very traumatic for young mothers,” he explained.
Moore released a 34-page decision on Sept. 15 that denied a request for a preliminary injunction against DeSantis’ executive order. He rejected a request last week to reconsider his decision.
The DeSantis executive order led to the Florida Department of Health issuing rules that required districts to allow parents to opt out of student mask mandates. In his decision, Moore wrote that the plaintiffs should have pursued administrative claims before filing the lawsuit and that the plaintiffs have different circumstances, requiring “unique solutions.”
“The court finds all plaintiffs would be substantially benefited by pursuing administrative remedies that can provide tailored solutions to each child’s individual needs,” Moore wrote.
The federal lawsuit is part of a series of legal fights stemming from DeSantis’ executive order and the Department of Health rules. In a state-court case, Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Sept. 2 sided with a group of parents and ruled that DeSantis overstepped his constitutional authority in the executive order.
The DeSantis administration appealed Cooper’s ruling to the 1st District Court of Appeal, which has put the ruling on hold. Attorneys for DeSantis filed a 67-page brief Saturday arguing that the Tallahassee-based appeals court should overturn Cooper’s ruling and dismiss the case.
The brief makes a series of arguments, including that Cooper’s ruling violated the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches of government and that he improperly decided a “political” question.
“Policy decisions are left to the executive and legislative branches, and any attempt by any court to weigh-in on those decisions would be improper,” the brief said. “The propriety of any of these policies — including whether masks should be mandated in schools — are decisions reserved for the legislative and executive branches. Ultimately, appellees (the parents) did not seek judicial determinations — they sought policy determinations.”