California Gov. Gavin Newsom paid a visit to Florida’s New College as part of a national tour to complain about conservative policies he disagrees with.
New College is considered by some to be the epicenter of a cultural battle in the state, as the left-leaning university is being forced to change course under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is in Sarasota this morning meeting with New College of Florida students and faculty. The college has become the epicenter of the culture wars after FL Gov Ron DeSantis initiated a conservative transformation. pic.twitter.com/rbZ7rOhclh
— Zac Anderson (@zacjanderson) April 5, 2023
“I’m crawling out of my skin for you,” Newsom told students. “I want you to know you’re not alone. You matter.”
And the interloping Newsom didn’t miss the chance to take a few shots at his conservative rival.
“[DeSantis] has one thing that is common with everything he’s doing – bullying and intimidating vulnerable communities,” Newsom pontificated.
Though neither has made any official announcements, both Newsom and DeSantis are thought to be potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election.
Last month, DeSantis visited California where he blamed the state’s problems on Newsom’s progressive policies.
“We’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states governed by leftist politicians imposing leftist ideology and delivering poor results,” DeSantis said. “And you’ve seen massive gains in states like Florida, who are governing according to the tried and true principles that President Reagan held dear.”
Ronald Reagan is distinct for being the only California governor to become president.
Some of DeSantis’ higher education reforms include eliminating gender studies majors and minors, race-based hiring and DEI programs.