Florida Governor Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News on Wednesday night and criticized his California counterpart Gavin Newsom for his handling of the homelessness and drug crisis in San Francisco. DeSantis claimed that he witnessed people using fentanyl on the streets of the city when he visited last year.
DeSantis said that Newsom was “out of touch” with the reality of his state and that he was more concerned about imposing Covid-19 restrictions than addressing the social problems that plague California. He contrasted his own approach to governing Florida, which he said was focused on protecting the rights and freedoms of its citizens.
“I think he’s a guy who doesn’t have a lot of credibility,” DeSantis said of Newsom. “He’s been one of the most draconian governors in terms of locking down his state, destroying businesses, destroying jobs, destroying schools. And yet, what are the results? They have some of the highest Covid rates in the country.”
DeSantis also accused Newsom of ignoring the “human tragedy” that is unfolding in San Francisco, where he said he saw people injecting drugs in broad daylight. He said that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin, was rampant in the city and that it was killing thousands of people every year.
“I was in San Francisco a year ago,” DeSantis said. “I walked down the street and I saw people sticking needles in their arms. I saw people using fentanyl right there on the sidewalk. It was unbelievable. And this is a guy who thinks he knows better than everyone else? He needs to clean up his own house before he starts lecturing other people.”