At a press conference in Florida Monday, a group of Californians who claim to feel “trapped” in their homes state by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictive coronavirus policies is expected to join Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to criticize the Democratic governor.
The group, whose members are expected to include prominent conservative activists, is set to arrive Monday in Florida’s capital to speak in support of the Republican governor and criticize Newsom. The California “refugees,” as they call themselves, will join DeSantis at a press conference and then appear on Fox News’ “Hannity” with DeSantis in the evening.
The press conference is intended to contrast the “open” policies in Florida, which has allowed businesses to operate with limited restrictions, with the strict rules Newsom has imposed in California. The “refugees” will likely blast Newsom for his lockdown orders while praising DeSantis for his management of the coronavirus in the Sunshine State.
While the event could not come at a better time for the Republican governor, it will likely also be divisive in California, with some likely to argue that the refugee’s criticism of Newsom is unnecessary.