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Florida announced the creation of new state license plates this weekend, that includes the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which seems fitting, given the state’s newfound status as a destination for personal freedom.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has been a champion of freedom since the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, opening Florida for business much earlier than most other states.

Florida doubled down on its identity as a freedom-loving state recently, by making these license plates to further honor these sentiments.

DeSantis tweeted about the news, further highlighting the importance of messaging.

“The free state of Florida has a new license plate for pre-order that benefits the Florida Veterans Foundation and sends a clear message to out-of-state cars, ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ or Florida,” he posted.  “Visit your local tax collector to purchase your presale voucher.”

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As Governor of Florida, DeSantis has supported a variety of bills championing the spirit of “Don’t Tread On Me.” These include the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which drew backlash and was actually named, “The Parental Rights In Education” bill, which seeks to protect young children from “classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through 3rd grade.”

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In the last legislative session, Florida also passed bills on major conservative issues such as abortion restrictions, fatherhood, and hospital patient rights.

Earlier this month, when Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) started running attack ads in Florida promoting California as the real “free state,” — DeSantis said it was actually California citizens leading the exodus to the south.

“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,” he said. “I can tell you, if you go to California, you ain’t seeing very many Florida license plates.”

These plates will serve as a clear reminder to all Floridians, and freedom-loving Americans, that Florida is a state standing for liberty, during a time of oppression.


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