On Sunday, while visiting California for a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis blasted California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.
According to the Sacramento Bee, high-profile attendees for the address included former Governor Pete Wilson and actor Gary Sinise. According to Fox News, around 1,300 individuals attended the ceremony.
“Your Governor’s very concerned about what we’re doing in Florida so I figured I had to come by,” DeSantis said.
The 45-minute speech touched on a number of major issues on the Governor’s agenda: his opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns and immunizations, his stance against school curriculum that include race, gender, and sexual orientation, and forceful actions to combat illegal immigration.
“We’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states run by leftist politicians, and we’ve seen massive gains in states like Florida who are governing in accordance to the tried and true principles that President Reagan held dear,” DeSantis continued.
“I think these liberal states have gotten it wrong and why are they getting it wrong? I think it all goes back to ideology. And it goes back to this woke mind virus that’s infected the left and all these other institutions. I mean, think about the way they have governed their states.” he added.
DeSantis also criticized Newsom for how California handled the coronavirus epidemic.
According to Politico, given the state of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination battle, California will likely play a crucial role in choosing who becomes the party’s nominee.