California Gov. Gavin Newson may come to rue the day he placed himself on the radar of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The popular Republican governor savagely trolled his Democratic West Coast colleague this week during a campaign stop at the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, where he was endorsed by the Florida Farm Bureau Federation FarmPAC, responding to California’s struggles to keep its power grid functional during a reported “heat wave.”
“I hear a lot of people chirping about Florida from California. They’re so worried about Florida,” Gov. DeSantis said. “They can’t even keep the power on in California. I mean, are you kidding me?”
“Someone told me that they will be able, once all the people that want to move to Florida move out of there, then maybe they’ll have adequate power,” he continued. “But I mean it’s just ridiculous. And so, you know, we’ve been able to do that. Part of it, though, is just, you know, we stood for people’s rights, we stood for people’s freedoms and obviously, the state has done very well. We have more people employed in Florida than we did prior to COVID.”
“People chirping about Fla. from Calif. — They’re so worried about Fla., they can’t even keep the power on in Calif.! … Once all the people that want to move to Florida move out of there, then maybe they’ll have adequate power” pic.twitter.com/83PklxaREQ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 8, 2022
Newsom targeted the free state of Florida in a recent ad, speaking directly to the Sunshine State’s residents to tell them that “freedom” was “under attack.”
“Freedom is under attack in your state,” Newsom said. “Your Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors.”
“I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight or join us in California. Where we still believe in freedom. Freedom of speech. Freedom to choose. Freedom from hate. And the freedom to love. Don’t let them take your freedom,” he continued.
Of course, Floridians who buy what Newson is selling may end up joining Californians sweating it out in the dark when that state’s power grid fails — the irony here being that California is billed in the media as being on the forefront of America’s transition to green energy.
Adding to the irony, Newsom’s in-laws not only contributed to the Friends of Ron DeSantis PAC, but they also bought a home in Florida in March 2020 and registered to vote in the state.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Brilliant. True. DeSantis rocks while Nancy’s nephew whines.
— Back4theRinging (@karaggmartin) September 8, 2022
Greasy Gavin’s own IN-LAWS moved to Florida during his draconian lockdowns. That story speaks volumes, lmao
— John (bruh/breh) (@urfluidopinions) September 8, 2022
Agree, common sense will be so welcomed!!! And standing up for himself and a LOT of America.
— Art (@Houseofdynamite) September 8, 2022
— Bill Smith (@BillSmith445) September 8, 2022
No, make the Californians stay in their state. They already ruined one state, don’t let them ruin any more https://t.co/HQM6zR5AWY
— Punished Hatchling (@PunishedHatchl1) September 8, 2022
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