People moving to Florida from other states are “overwhelmingly” registering as Republicans, according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said they include Democrats fleeing their states due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
“The media, at the beginning of this, said Florida’s bad, and I think it’s because they want to damage [former President Donald] Trump in Florida, they want to damage me. So, they just kept saying it was bad,” DeSantis told Fox News on May 26. “And even though the facts didn’t say it, like literally last April, they’re saying Florida is doing worse than New York.”
“I think what it did is the people that buy those phony narratives from these media, they probably aren’t coming to Florida. But most people see through it. But the people that see through it, they think like us. And so, I think a lot of these people are coming. I think they are registering as Republicans overwhelmingly,” he said.
The Republican governor continued: “And I also have come across a lot of people who, quite frankly, were Democrats. The lockdowns turned them into Republicans.”
Some Democrats and corporate media sites have criticized DeSantis for refusing to enforce Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus or COVID-19 lockdowns. In recent months, the governor has issued executive orders or signed bills ending statewide mask mandates, municipal emergency measures requiring lockdowns, and stopping the implementation of so-called “vaccine passport” systems, all of which have received widespread applause from conservatives.
During a Fox News town hall event hosted by Sean Hannity, DeSantis also suggested that voters are shifting their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican after fleeing blue states.
According to DeSantis, CCP-related lockdowns have turned many Democrats into Republicans and increased the state’s population in the last year of the pandemic.
Governors from Arizona, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Tennessee, who were also in attendance at the event, said they see political migration on the rise.
“Florida is seeing a huge impact of migration out of the—out of these blue states,” Hannity said. “Now, my only fear for all of you—and I’ll let you start first, Gov. DeSantis—is that they may bring their liberal policies with them.”
Because of school lockdowns caused by teachers’ union decisions, the governor claimed he has come across many people who used to be Democrats but are now Republicans.
“People say, ‘I was a Democrat because of education, and I’m in California, and they’re locking my kids out of school. I come to Florida, they’re in school.’ People are free. People are happy,” he said.
“If you have a political party that puts the interest of teachers’ unions over the interest 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 has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2024 if Trump does not run. Last week, DeSantis gave some hints about his political future.