August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Gavin Newsom’s advert focusing on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will air from Monday
  • Newsom urged Floridians to battle again in opposition to Republican-backed insurance policies 
  • Newsom is rumored to be a presidential candidate in 2024

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has gone on air to criticize his Florida counterpart, Ron DeSantis, and the state’s Republican leaders in a July 4-themed advert, whereas urging folks to not allow them to “take your freedom.”

Fox Community will run the 30-second video within the Sunshine State beginning Monday. Newsom condoned Florida’s abortion insurance policies, “Do not Say Homosexual” regulation and the ban on youngsters’s books within the 30-second advert.

Newsom begins the video by saying, “It is Independence Day — so let’s discuss what is going on on in America. Freedom is underneath assault in your state.”

Visuals of DeSantis shaking arms with Donald Trump and captions highlighting Florida’s ban on books, Rick Scott’s Voter Act and restricted abortion entry after 15 weeks then performs out on display screen, together with Newsom’s voiceover urging Floridians to battle these GOP-backed insurance policies. 

“Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” said Newsom.

“I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight or join us in California where we still believe in freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate, and freedom to love,” Newsom continues, before concluding, “Don’t let them take your freedom.”

Newsom shared the ad with his 2 million followers on Twitter. The ad has strengthened speculations surrounding his participation in Presidential Elections 2024.

While his supporters lauded the video, it has also stirred up a strong response from GOP adherents.

“Newsom is branding us ‘the real Freedom state of CA.’ Keep in mind this is a state that bans plastic straws,” California legislator Kevin Kiley tweeted.

Conservative journalist John Zeigler wrote, “King Gavin Newsom running an ad promoting ‘freedom’ to people in Florida is like Louis Farrakhan running a pro-Judaism ad in Israel… We have reached PEAK insanity! BTW, if Newsom thinks he could defeat Ron DeSantis in a national race he is medically delusional.”

“Dear Floridians! The overly gracious Governor of California @GavinNewsom would like to offer his “california freedom” to YOUR state! (Door slam!) How about just the needle exchange? But unlike Florida, California doesn’t have plastic straws!” wrote actor Rob Schneider, who switched to the GOP in 2013. 

This ad is being viewed as Newsom’s response to DeSantis calling San Francisco a “dumpster fireplace” at an occasion in April, whereas including Democrats from California and different states had been shifting to Florida. He had additionally talked about their voting patterns may very well be a “explanation for concern.” 

California Governor Gavin Newsom delivers remarks as he excursions the U.S. Forest Service’s Del Rosa Fireplace Station with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, in San Bernardino, California, U.S., January 21, 2022. Photograph: Reuters / Mike Blake

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