Gov. Ron DeSantis Rips California Gov. Gavin Newsom During Trip to California

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(FOX NEWS) – Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis ripped California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom during a speech Sunday in the Golden State, saying Californians are fleeing the state in droves to live in Florida where he said they can live freely.

“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 joked at the start of his speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

DeSantis said Reagan “understood the vital role that government had to play” and how it could be a “negative force if not applied properly,” and he governed Florida with that same understanding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” he 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.”