In Staten Island on Monday, Ron DeSantis was warmly received as he criticized New York’s crime tactics in front of a crowd of law-and-order supporters.
Nevertheless, Mayor Eric Adams gave the prospective GOP presidential candidate the finger. After visiting Donald Trump’s home state on Presidents Day, DeSantis was surrounded by supporters, and a particular campaign song played. Still, it was difficult to see him because of the crowd.
“This idea of no cash bail and you just release ’em right back on to the street, and I read that New York is the only state that doesn’t allow judges to consider when they’re making a bail determination, whether someone’s a danger to the community,” DeSantis said.
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The governor of Florida is anticipated to declare his candidature for president this spring. Lee Zeldin, whose own law-and-order agenda gave Kathy Hochul a run for her money in the governor’s election, handed him the opening remarks.
“We want streets that have law-abiding New Yorkers in charge of them, as opposed to criminals,” Zeldin said. Notwithstanding the fact that DeSantis avoided mentioning the late President Trump, his decision to visit Staten Island was the equivalent of launching a missile at Mar-a-Lago. “I’m coming for you” inscribed on its fuselage.
“As much as I’m proud of Florida doing well, I want the country to do well,” DeSantis said. “We fight the woke when they go after our law enforcement. We do not surrender to the woke mob. Our state is where woke goes to die.” Some attendees were sporting t-shirts that supported DeSantis for president, which couldn’t have been fun for Trump.
“I think Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley would be a great ticket, don’t you?” said Ron Arabia of Tottenville. “I believe we need young blood, and he’s a perfect candidate if he runs for president. He’s young, he’s a military man, and he’s a family man. Look at Florida. Florida is booming,” another supporter said.
Welcome to NYC, @GovRonDeSantis, a place where we don’t ban books, discriminate against our LGBTQ+ neighbors, use asylum seekers as props, or let the government stand between a woman and health care.
We’re happy to teach you something about values while you’re here. https://t.co/o2CgOt1SES
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) February 20, 2023
Mayor Adams gave DeSantis the equivalent of a Bronx cheer, tweeting, “Welcome to NYC, @GovRonDeSantis, a place where we don’t ban books, discriminate against our LGBTQ+ neighbors, use asylum seekers as props or let the government stand between a woman and health care.”
In response, Trump unveiled his Iowa campaign team members and boasted that a survey showed him leading DeSantis in the primary.