Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just unleashed a bombshell revelation that has fellow Republicans celebrating.
According to Breitbart, DeSantis said during an appearance alongside Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday that an “overwhelming” number of people who have moved to Florida in recent months have registered as Republicans.
It’s a good sign for the GOP as the party seeks to take back both the House and Senate in the November 2022 midterms.
From lockdowns to the GOP
Speaking with Hannity at a town hall event, DeSantis said while many in the media have suggested that his state is faltering, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers simply don’t back up that narrative.
“The media at the beginning of this said, ‘Florida is bad,’ and I think it’s because they wanted to damage [former President Donald] Trump in Florida, wanted to damage me, so they just kept saying it was bad, even though the facts didn’t say it,” DeSantis said, according to Breitbart. “Literally last April, they’re saying Florida’s doing worse than New York. New York was like, 10 times worse.”
The governor went on: “And so I think what it did is, the people that buy those phony narratives for these media, they probably aren’t coming to Florida. But most people see through it.”
And those who do “see through it,” DeSantis said, “they think like us. And so I think a lot of these people are coming [to Florida]. I think they’re registering as Republicans overwhelming,” he said.
DeSantis also told Hannity that he’s “come across a lot of people who quite frankly were Democrats,” but left the party. “The lockdowns turned them into Republicans because they say, ‘I cannot fathom,’ people say, ‘I was a Democrat because of education, and I’m in California and they’re locking my kids out of school,'” the Republican governor remarked. “‘I come to Florida, they’re in school, people are free, people are happy.’
“And if you have a political party that puts the interests of teachers unions over the interests of kids being able to just access an education at all, that tells you all you need to know about the modern Democrat Party,” DeSantis concluded.
The governor is right about at least one thing: people are moving to Florida. The most recent report from the Census Bureau indicates Americans are flocking from blue states to red ones like Florida, which recently gained both seats in Congress and votes in the Electoral College as a result of its population boom.
Some may be concerned that those moving out of Democrat-dominated states will seek to turn their new homes blue. But if DeSantis’ remarks have any merit, it seems the Sunshine State is safe from a blue wave.
We can only hope he’s right about this one.