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“I worry about Ron DeSantis”

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) said he was worried about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), saying the Sunshine State leader was a ‘bully’.

Newsom traveled to Texas – notably one of the states matter at California’s ban on ‘state-funded and sponsored travel’ – over the weekend, speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, where he further expressed his newfound obsession with not liking DeSantis .

“I worry about Trump. [I] worry about Trumpism. I’m more worried about Tucker Carlson. I’m worried about Ron DeSantis. He’s a bully,” Newsom said, attempting to provide an example of such abominable behavior.

“He is threatening these Special Olympics with $27 million in fines. Who do this ? he said, without explaining that the DeSantis administration had done so to oppose the vaccination mandate requirement, which would have prevented many athletes from participating. Additionally, some athletes have attempted to comply with the mandate in order to participate, with disastrous results.

“This June with the Special Olympics, they imposed a COVID vaccination mandate on athletes. … If you did not submit and did not receive the COVID vaccine, you would be denied the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics, “said DeSantis during a press conference in June, explaining that some received the vaccine “even against their judgement”:

So, for example, there was a family from Kansas. They went to six different doctors asking for a medical exemption for their son who had Down syndrome, wanted the vax exemption, wanted to be able to compete. They were told to only receive the first dose and if he experienced any side effects then the medical waiver would be offered to him. Well, the son with Down syndrome did this under pressure, had a seizure, was rushed to the hospital after his first dose. And so he got the exemption after having to go through that, which was so unnecessary, and it was just something totally ridiculous. And so you see this over and over again where these people are going to have to make these decisions and it’s not necessarily a personal choice, which is fine with me, but you’ve actually advised against it. And a lot of those Special Olympians have had COVID now too because I mean, most people have had it before. And so imposing this mandate now in June 2022, you know, didn’t make any sense.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in Rockledge, Florida. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“But to me, doing it to these Special Olympians was just plain wrong, so we’re moving forward,” DeSantis said at the time. “We think it will be a fun event.”

Special Olympics has, in effect, dropped the vaccine requirement:

Despite this, Newsom continued his tirade of disgust, suggesting Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) is ‘light years ahead in politics of DeSantis’.

“But DeSantis weaponized it to the next level,” Newsom said, adding that he was worried about Trump “because Trump has proven that democracy is now partisan.”

It’s far from the first time Newsom has targeted DeSantis, pleading with Floridians in July to flock to the Golden State, saying it’s the true bastion of freedom. Ironically, Newsom’s in-laws moved to Florida during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, and an in-laws-related trust donated to Governor DeSantis’ PAC in Florida.

Nonetheless, Newsom continued to openly mock “freedom-loving” governors and also pledged $100,000 to Rep. Charlie Crist’s (D-FL) gubernatorial campaign.

Meanwhile, gas prices are skyrocketing in Newsom State, but the governor has been concerned, recently signing legislation to extend state identification to illegal aliens.


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