Democrats praise Newsom’s announcement urging Americans to leave DeSantis’ Florida

Social media users applauded California Governor Gavin Newsom for his July 4 ad targeting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, urging other top Democrats to pull a page from Newsom’s book and go on the offensive against the GOP .

Newsom bought airtime in Florida over the long weekend, urging Americans to move from DeSantis’ Florida to California, “where we still believe in freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of to choose, the freedom from hatred and the freedom to love”.

“Why aren’t more Democrats doing stuff like this? Newsom is on a roll right now…” MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan wrote about the announcement.

“We need more Democrats to go on the offensive like this,” tweeted progressive political podcast host Brian Tyler Cohen.

In the 30-second commercial, which will begin airing on Fox News on Monday, Newsom tells Floridians, “It’s Independence Day. Let’s talk about what’s going on in America.”

“Freedom,” continued the Governor of California. “It’s under attack in your state by your Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors.”

The attack on Florida Republicans was well received on Twitter, where users praised Newsom’s re-election campaign for buying the $105,000 spot.

“Gavin Newsom running ads in Florida is the first time a Democrat anywhere has proactively fought against a Republican anywhere,” tweeted former congressional candidate Pam Keith. “And it’s so refreshing I could cry.”

“I have to say Newsom’s PR and social media teams over the past few weeks have done an A-plus job and trolled the downsides :-),” Hasan said.

“As a Floridian, I would take Gavin Newsom over Ron DeSantis any day,” added Democratic strategist Jack Cocchiarella.

“I urge you all to live in Florida to join the fight,” Newsom said in the announcement. “Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom, freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate, and freedom to love. Don’t let them take your freedom.”

Social media users praised California Governor Gavin Newsom for Florida’s new ad on Monday. Newsom speaks during a press conference with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on May 27, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
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Keith, a Democrat, pointed out that the ad wouldn’t do much to convince anyone to leave Florida, but called it “brilliant and unexpected” that Newsom was “calling DeSantis and helping Democratic candidates in the state.” “.

Twitter users also called on other top Democrats to follow suit.

“High level and brilliant messaging. I encourage Democrats to do more. Well done, @GavinNewsom!” Democratic strategist Dash Dobrofsky wrote.

“Democrat Gavin Newsom continues to win,” Dorbrofsky added. “First he drenched the Republicans on Truth Social. And now Ron DeSantis is getting a taste of his own medicine.”

Last month, Newsom announced he was joining former President Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, to expose “Republican lies.”

“It could get…interesting,” the governor said.

Both DeSantis and Newsom were touted as potential presidential candidates for their respective parties, having developed a national profile for their statewide leadership.

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