Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned rioters to stay out of his state during a press conference last week announcing support for law enforcement.
DeSantis last month signed an anti-riot bill into law that cracks down on violent rioting, such as the destructive anti-police riots the nation weathered last summer. The governor also boosted financial support for first responders in the state, doling out $1,000 bonuses.
Speaking about the lack of respect for law enforcement and the refusal of some leaders to crackdown on rioters, DeSantis warned left-wing activists in Portland to stay out of his state.
“Hey, if you’re in Portland, you think you can come down to Florida and do this?” DeSantis posed during the presser. “Stay out of our state, we don’t want you coming down here causing problems.”
“And if anyone does cause these problems, if you try to burn something down, if you try to harm anybody — but particularly a police officer — during one of these violent assemblies, there will be consequences,” DeSantis warned. “They will be swift, they will be severe, and they will be such that people that see that happen will know that that’s not something we want to do going forward.”
Earlier in the presser, DeSantis talked about the riots that swept the nation last summer, as well as the unwillingness of many liberal politicians to control the violence and destruction. “I think if you look around the country, what happens is, like in Portland,Floridathese these people riot every night, they go get their mug shot and then they get put right back on the street to do it again,” he said.
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