Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and team continue to pummel woke media and government leaders who disparage his conservative policies. The latest victim was New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D).
Adams, who oversees a city where crime is up 21% over last year, almost 70,000 were sleeping on the streets in December and more than 400,000 have moved since pandemic shutdowns went into effect, denigrated DeSantis’ policies and offered to teach him about New York City “values.”
Adams lashed out at DeSantis as the governor launched his pro-conservative policy tour through “devastated” Democrat-run cities — his first stop New York City.
Adams wrote on Monday: “Welcome to NYC, [DeSantis], a place where we don’t ban books, discriminate against our LGBTQ+ neighbors, use asylum seekers as props, or let the government stand between a woman and health care.”
Adams boldly added: “We’re happy to teach you something about values while you’re here,” the New York City mayor continued.
DeSantis’ team fired back mere minutes later. Sharp and witty campaign spokesperson Christina Pushaw questioned why, if New York City and Mayor Adams’ leadership were so great, has the city seen a mass exodus of residents and businesses in 2022.
“Nice rhetoric – but here’s reality: More Americans fled NYC than any other metro area last year,” Pushaw wrote. “More Americans moved to Florida than any other state.”
Pushaw pushed her point: “You know this, Mayor Adams, and you’ve talked (accurately) about crime pushing people out of NYC. Florida’s crime rate meanwhile is at a 50-year low.”
The DeSantis spokesperson added: “Maybe it’s you who can learn from [DeSantis]?”
DeSantis will speak with police officers and law enforcement union officials at a diner in Staten Island on Monday evening. The governor will then travel to Fort Washington (a suburb of Philadelphia) and Elmhurst, Illinois.
His multistate tour has prompted many to believe he is testing the waters for a 2024 run for the presidency.
The governor will likely profile the effectiveness of Florida’s law enforcement policies, which have reduced crime in his state. His initiatives have included strengthening bail laws, funding police agencies and increasing penalties for criminals.
In addition, DeSantis implemented the most extensive recruitment package for law enforcement officers in Florida history — awarding $5,000 signing bonuses to officers willing to relocate to Florida from blue states.
DeSantis’ announcement that he would soon travel to Chicago prompted Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) to condemn the governor as “homophobic.”
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