DeSantis Rips Newsom For Debate Lies – ‘We Need Truth in This Country’

At a campaign event, Gov. Ron DeSantis went after Gov. Gavin Newsom, accusing the California Democrat of trying to ‘gaslight’ Americans into thinking that his left-wing agenda is working.

DeSantis offered his comments to his supporters at a rally in Sioux City, Iowa. In response to Newsom’s claims during their debate on Thursday, DeSantis said that the numbers spoke for themselves, citing California’s sky-high tax rates and massive out-migration since the start of the COVID lockdowns. He described California as a “petri dish” of what Democrats want to achieve nationally.

“And one of the things I think, it’s like what the left is trying to do to this country, what people in the media are helping them do, is they are just trying to lie to the public about almost everything that’s going on,” DeSantis told the crowd. “When that White House press secretary goes to that podium and tells you that the border is secure, they think you’re stupid. They’re willing to say anything.”

“When [Gavin Newsom] was on the stage with me saying Biden is a great president and he’s clicking on all cylinders, that was a lie, we know that was a lie. When he says that California has lower taxes than Florida, I mean, not only is that a lie, even the people that like what’s going on in California acknowledge that one of the prices you pay of living there is you pay higher taxes than elsewhere.”

“We are not going to be gaslit by people who think we’re dumb. We’re not going to be lied to and just take it. We’re going to stand for the truth. And ultimately we need truth in this country,” he continued.

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According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Newsom’s claims during the Thursday debate were “fuzzy” at best.

California currently imposes a tax of 77.9 cents per gallon of gas, compared to 35.2 cents in Florida. California has a sales tax rate of nearly 9 percent, compared to just over 7 percent in Florida. And individuals earning more than $37,789 are taxed at 6 percent, while those making more than $66,296 are hit at 9.3 percent; Florida has no income tax.

“It’s the policies. It’s the policies that are driving people out. This is ultimately the choice for the country: Are we going to embrace freedom like Florida has, or are we going to embrace failure?” DeSantis asked his supporters. “The same policies that have failed in Illinois and California and New York aren’t all of a sudden going to work well nationally,”

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Governor DeSantis is currently running for President in the 2024 election. During his remarks Saturday, he suggested that his California rival may also be gearing up for a run of his own.

“What they’ve done in California is the petri dish for what I think the Democrats would want to do nationally,” DeSantis said before offering his thoughts on Newsom’s ambitions.

“Maybe that’s a Biden second term. Maybe that’s Harris, Maybe it’s Newsom. He’s obviously preparing to potentially go in. I think America saw, though, that what he’s selling is not something that is very appetizing.”

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