Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) sent a digital postcard to Democrat governors like California's Gavin Newsom to tout "Florida's freedom" during COVID-19 lockdowns and since.
"Dear Democrat Governors, now that your boss in the White House has finally admitted COVID is over, we wanted to send an update on the new Florida residents who fled your disastrous policies since the pandemic began," the narrator said in a video promoting the postcards. "Without your lockdowns, vaccine mandates and devastating school closures, our new residents have been greatly enjoying the restored freedoms."
DeSantis was referring to the many people who moved to Florida to escape Democrat-run states like California and New York, bolstered by widespread remote work. Many people also vacationed in Florida because of its relative freedoms during COVID-19.
"We know you also enjoyed a taste of Florida's freedom on your own lockdown getaway here," the narrator said in a direct jab at Newsom, who made a visit to the state last week.
DeSantis press secretary Jeremy Redfern posted back at Newsom with a "San Francisco poop map," showing where homeless people have defecated on the streets there because of lax policies.
For his part, Newsom claimed that Florida's New College was banning books and bullying students, rather than promoting freedom.