Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is calling Florida "a law-and-order state." Amidst ongoing criticism from Democrats in the state and across the country, Governor DeSantis affirmed that what distinguishes Florida from the rest of the country is that Florida's 'a law-and-order state."
Though Governor DeSantis is facing challengers in both Florida Agriculture Nikki Fried (D) and Florida Rep. Charlie Crist (D), The Governor has directed criticism to President Joe Biden (D).
While speaking at an event earlier this year, DeSantis said that “If you could give me a time machine to go back to January 20, 2021, we would just do the opposite of what Biden has done, and we’d be in a better spot,” adding that lawmakers need to "start putting the people first over the ideology of the ruling class and the governing elites." This has fueled speculation that he's preparing to launch a 2024 bid.
In a message directed to supporters this week, Governor DeSantis continued to direct verbal jabs Biden and Democrats across the country, including California Governor Gavin Newsom (D).
"The crime in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles are out of control," DeSantis said, commenting that "police are unable to do their jobs, businesses are closing up shop, and violent criminals are walking free all because of the dereliction of duty by prosecutors who are funded by ideological activists." In response to this, DeSantis said that Florida is "not going to sit idly by and watch our state spiral into chaos. We’re going to respect our law enforcement officers, we’re going to protect our citizens, and we’re going to enforce the law."
Earlier this year, the California Governor released advertisements in Florida, calling on residents to move to California to experience more freedoms. This call extended to "red states," and the advertisement was met with widespread criticism from GOP members.