Florida's embattled Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, has been widely criticized for his response to the virus, which saw stratospheric spikes in the state after DeSantis began lifting stay at home measures in May.
Despite over 500 thousand confirmed cases so far, DeSantis is determined to begin reopening Florida's schools.
With Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, DeSantis issued an executive order in July requiring Florida's schools to offer in-person learning five days a week once the term reopens. The Florida Education Association (FEA) announced a lawsuit against the measure, which DeSantis's administration is hoping gets dismissed.
In a recent address defending the effort to reopen Florida's schools, DeSantis made a questionable comparison.
Asserting that the effort to reopen schools was "akin to a Navy SEAL operation," DeSantis said:
"Just as the SEALs surmounted obstacles to bring Osama bin Laden to justice, so too will the Martin County school system find a way to provide parents with the meaningful choice of in-person instruction or continued distance learning."
Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda and the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks, was killed by Navy SEALs during the Obama era nearly a decade after the attacks.
People were stunned to hear DeSantis compare the mission to his effort at reopening schools against the advice of experts and evidence.
The governor's handling of the virus has led some to deem him "Deathsantis."