During a Thursday night debate, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis brutally slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom for his policies, which have caused a mass exodus from his state.
When questioned by Fox News presenter Sean Hannity, Newsom was unable to provide an explanation for the large number of individuals who were leaving his state. In response, he opted to criticize DeSantis.
“California has more natural advantages than any state in the country. You almost have to try to mess California up. And yet that’s what Gavin Newsom has done since he’s been governor. He’s the first governor to ever lose population. They actually at one point, ran out of U-Hauls in the state of California because so many people were leaving.” DeSantis said.
Ron DeSantis shreds Gavin Newsom's policies that have led to a mass exodus in California. Newsom has no response. pic.twitter.com/mwZrqKNPWp
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) December 1, 2023
“He’s very good at spinning these tales. He’s good at being slick and slippery hills, he’ll tell a blizzard of lies to be able to try to mask the failures. But the reality is they have failed because of his leftist ideology. And the choice for America’s this what Biden and Harris and Newsom want to do is take the California model and do that nationally. In Florida, we show that conservative principles work. This country must choose freedom over failure.” he continued.
DeSantis observed that Newsom’s stringent COVID-19 measures, which included preventing children from attending public schools while his own children attended a private institution, had influenced some residents to abandon the state.
Although the purpose of the debate was not to defend President Joe Biden, Newsom stated that he was present to do so.
Newsom avoided responding to the query on multiple occasions, as both DeSantis and Hannity noted.