Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly kicked off a nationwide pro-police tour in Staten Island on Monday, prompting a jab from New York City Mayor Eric Adams and a heated defense of the Florida Republican on social media.
Adams, who takes office on January 1, 2022 and reputedly has presidential ambitions for 2024, tweeted sarcastically at DeSantis, whose conservative policies and popularity in Florida have made him a potentially competitive White House contender.
The condescending greeting from Adams, whose city witnessed serious crime climb by 22% in 2022 compared to 2021, sparked a significant pushback on Twitter.
Several readers highlighted that the migration from New York frequently ends in Florida.
Nice rhetoric — but here’s reality: More Americans fled NYC than any other metro area last year.
More Americans moved to Florida than any other state.
You know this, Mayor Adams, and you’ve talked (accurately) about crime pushing people out of NYC. Florida’s crime rate… https://t.co/gHru8I12PS
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) February 20, 2023
“Welcome to NYC, @GovRonDeSantis , a place where we don’t ban books, discriminate against our LGBTQ+ neighbors, use asylum seekers as props, or let the government stand between a woman and health care. We’re happy to teach you something about values while you’re here.” Adams said in his tweet.
The attack from Adams comes as DeSantis’s national profile continues to rise amid widespread speculation that
Salary increases for a range of law enforcement professionals are included in DeSantis’ “Framework for Freedom Budget.”
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