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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) made noise on Friday when he blasted his Democratic counterpart out west, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA), for constantly critiquing Flordia’s supposed lack of freedom while governing his own state in an authoritarian and hypocritical manner.

DeSantis is specifically referring to a controversial ad where Newsom calls upon Floridians to resist DeSantis’s ‘anti-freedom’ political moves.

“Well, look, I am just like this [visible shrug],” DeSantis said. “Everyone wants to talk about me and Florida. I mean, like I’m just sitting here, little old me, doing my job.”

Newsom, a progressive Democrat, also advised any disgruntled citizens to move to the high-tax state of California where governing authorities still cherish freedom — at least from Newsom’s strange clown car point of view.

“I can just tell you this,” DeSantis continued. “I was born and raised in this state, and until the last few years, I rarely if ever, saw a California license plate in the State of Florida. You now see a lot of them.”

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He added, “I can tell you, if you go to California, you ain’t seeing very many Flordia license plates.”

California has reportedly been losing citizens in droves as of late. On the flip side of the coin, Florida is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation and has no state income tax.

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DeSantis also referenced a controversy surrounding Newsom’s attendance at the uppity French Laundry during the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

The potential GOP presidential nominee for 2024 did not hold back:

“And so, you know, as he [Newsom] was locking down his citizens, he would then go and have these extravagant dinners at the ‘French Laundry’ to basically rub his citizens’ noses in the fact that he was treating them like peasants,” he said. “You know, in Florida, we weren’t locking them down. We lifted our people up.”

DeSantis is correct. States like Florida still care about the freedoms of their citizens. They know that a state without freedom is not worth living in.

More importantly, they know the people agree with them — America still values its independence. California would do well to follow in Florida’s footsteps.

Freedom is worth pondering over, and it is worth fighting for. In 2022, it’s about time we fight to retain our freedoms at the ballot box. The soul of our nation may very well depend on it.