Ron DeSantis Travels to California and Humiliates Gavin Newsom on His Own Turf

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might have been playing to an out-of-state crowd, but that didn’t stop him from driving his points home.

In an address Sunday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, the prospective presidential contender took aim squarely at the Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom.

And scored a direct hit.

“I knew you guys got a lot of problems out here, but your governor is very concerned about what we’re doing in Florida, so I figured I had to come by,” DeSantis said at the start, referring to Newsom’s periodic attempts to attack Florida from the other side of the country.

He then contrasted how Florida — growing in population, attracting retirees and working families — stacked up against California, a state crumbling under its sclerotic “leadership” in Sacramento, where Newsom and his fellow Democrats hold sway.

“And I think if you look over the last four or five years, and you look at the performances of individual states, and you compare Florida versus California, New York, Illinois, some of those other states, we have had a great experiment, a great test in governing philosophies,” the governor said. “Because, of course, you know, we approach things much differently in Florida than you guys have out here, much differently in Florida than they’ve done in New York and in Illinois and many of these other states.”

“And if you look over the last four years,” DeSantis said, “we’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states governed by leftist politicians imposing leftist ideology and delivering poor results, and you’ve seen massive gains in states like Florida, who are governing according to the tried and true principles that President Reagan held dear.”

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