Ron DeSantis Responds To Gavin Newsom’s Debate Challenge
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded Monday to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) debate challenge last week, saying that he’s not interested because he doesn’t know if California would even be able to keep the lights on for a debate.

“I don’t know if they can reliably keep the power on so you go all the way up there and have a debate and then what ends up happening if they can’t keep the lights on?” DeSantis said during an interview with host Sean Hannity. “So, you know, we’re happy with what we’re doing. You know what I do though, Sean, my actions speak louder than my words. There’s certain people that will preen and do that, I understand, we get things done in Florida.”

Newsom, who has repeatedly sought to elevate himself on the national political stage by attacking DeSantis, wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland last week in which he made the dubious claim that DeSantis — who is a lawyer — potentially engaged in “kidnapping” by having the illegal immigrants transported out of Florida.

Newsom claimed without evidence that the migrants were sent with “the intent” to be “humiliate[d] and dehumanize[d].” In fact, MSNBC reported Friday afternoon that the illegal immigrants were “not angry with Ron DeSantis” and that they are “actually thanking him for having brought them to Martha’s Vineyard.”

DeSantis responded to the remarks during a press event Friday afternoon, saying that the over-the-top amount of hair gel that Newsom uses was “interfering with his brain function.”

Newsom bizarrely went and found a tweet from a month ago from disgraced journalist Dan Rather in which Rather suggested that CNN’s new CEO Chris Licht host a debate between Newsom and DeSantis.

“Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you’re struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people’s lives,” Newsom claimed. “Since you have only one overriding need — attention — let’s take this up & debate. I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time before Election Day.”

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