Stephen Colbert Gives Florida A Damning New State Motto For Coronavirus
Stephen Colbert offers Florida a new tagline in the face of the runaway coronavirus outbreak.
In his monologue on Thursday evening, Colbert commented on a report that the state's health officials blamed "undiminished tourism and a failure to observe basic health precautions" for the rise in infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
"Coincidentally, that is also Florida's state motto," cracked the "Late Show" presenter. "Sounds better in Latin."
He suggested that a CDC recommendation to avoid infection could be, "Don't go to Florida."
Despite the dire situation, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has actively opposed measures to contain the spread of the virus. He has tried to prevent cruise lines from demanding vaccinations for travelers, threatened schools attempting mask requirements, and defied any vaccine verification system.
Colbert discovered a picture from Florida of shoppers walking into a store whose entrance was the open mouth of a giant, false shark.
"If only there was some kind of metaphor for voluntarily walking down the jaws of doom," he said.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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