During a heated debate between California Governor Gavin Newsom and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, DeSantis displayed a map of San Francisco showing areas where human waste has been found, which was a daring move. The discussion, which took place during Thursday night’s Fox News debate, illuminated the policy issues and differing approaches to government in the two states.
DeSantis started by responding to Newsom’s assertion that California is the “freedom state,” highlighting the hypocrisy of making such a claim in the midst of lockdowns and restrictive policies. But he did concede that California does, in fact, have some distinctive “freedoms” that make it different from other states.
The right to defecate in public places is guaranteed in the Golden State. On Sunset Boulevard, you are welcome to set up camp. “You have the freedom to create a homeless encampment under a freeway and even light it on fire,” DeSantis stated, capturing the unusual issues that the state is facing.
“You are free to indulge in drug use and have an open-air market for drugs,” he went on to say. As an illegal foreigner, you are free to take use of all these government programs. We can call those freedoms. They aren’t the liberties our forefathers envisioned, but they’ve helped lower living standards in California, and the state’s current state of affairs is a direct outcome of this.
Then, Governor Newsom attacked DeSantis’s views in Florida, saying they were a “rant on freedom” and that DeSantis had criminalized several occupations and limited access to contraception.
Governor DeSantis made headlines when he displayed a map of San Francisco showing the sites of human waste discoveries. The public health issues in some parts of the city were highlighted graphically by the map, which was almost totally brown in tone.
The importance of resolving these concerns was emphasized by DeSantis, who pointed out that San Francisco’s cleanliness efforts were noticeably stepped up during the visit of Chinese communist dictator Xi Jinping. He stressed how the city’s treatment of an international leader stood in sharp contrast to its treatment of its own residents.
“In one of the previous greatest cities this country’s ever had, human feces is now a fact of life, except when a communist dictator comes to town,” said DeSantis. Afterwards, the streets were swept. Chinese flags were spread out around the streets. It was not American flags that were placed there. Everything was swept and mopped. That means they’d sacrifice everything for a communist dictator, but not for their own citizens.
Further discussions on California’s quality of life and governance can be sparked by the argument between DeSantis and Newsom, which shed light on the state’s severe policy divides as well as its urgent public health and homelessness crises.