During a Fox News interview on Monday night, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took aim at California Governor Gavin Newsom after Newsom referred to California as the “real freedom state.” DeSantis and Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed how California is losing approximately 1,000 residents per day while Florida is gaining nearly 1,000 per day, both due in large part to the stark differences in how the two states govern.

DeSantis attributed Florida’s success in attracting new residents to the state’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and refusing to recognize so-called “lawless identifications” issued by California. He also criticized California for being a sanctuary state that refuses to enforce federal immigration laws and allows Soros prosecutors to pick and choose which laws to enforce.

“When I became governor, we were able to ban sanctuary cities. The rule of law is important. And so, of course, we’re not going to recognize lawless identifications that are done by California,” said DeSantis.

“California, they have abandoned the rule of law,” he continued. “They are a sanctuary state. They don’t follow federal immigration laws. And, of course, the Soros prosecutors, they pick and choose which laws to enforce. There will be people in Los Angeles who will get mugged, Sean, on the street and the prosecutor won’t bring charges against these guys, and they end up going out and they victimize other people.”

DeSantis argued that Florida’s adherence to the rule of law and commitment to public safety were key factors in the state’s success in attracting new residents. He suggested that California’s failure to prioritize public safety and enforce the law was driving people away from the state.

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