Newsom’s Dunk on DeSantis Backfires Badly

( – California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has spent the last several years taking hits at Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, mainly over their polar opposite approaches to managing their respective states during the pandemic. Newsom went so far as to challenge DeSantis to a debate in late November 2023, which DeSantis gladly accepted. The two went tit for tat throughout the debate, moderated by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. One unforgettable moment of the duel was when DeSantis held up a printout of a map from an app that tracks human feces in the streets of San Francisco. Newsom took shots at DeSantis for allegedly banning books and targeting teachers, while both criticized aspects of each other’s state economies.

Newsom is suspected to be gearing up for a future presidential run, although he declined to challenge Biden in the 2024 election. However, rumors that he will replace Biden at the last minute have not subsided. After DeSantis dropped out of the Republican primary on January 21, Newsom wasted no time attempting to dunk on DeSantis. He shared a post on X, formerly Twitter, with the news of DeSantis’s withdrawal. He captioned the post with “Fire sale on all Ron DeSantis merch today!”

Users instantly responded by recounting the debate between the two governors, blasting Newsom for what they believed to be a poor performance. Others accused DeSantis of being too afraid to run against Biden. Some made comparisons between gas prices in Florida and California. Podcast host Megyn Kelly simply wrote, “What a jerk. No class.” Newsom has been widely criticized for his unrelenting focus on partisan politics, almost always receiving backlash for allegedly failing to take care of Californians. Homelessness continues to be a major problem in the state, despite nearly $17.5 billion spent over four years to tackle the problem. Volunteers recently began traversing nearly 4,000 square miles in Los Angeles County to determine how many people are living on the streets.

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