Florida AG says it’s ‘not rocket science’ why so many Americans are flocking to the Sunshine State
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said it’s “not rocket science” why so many Americans are moving to Florida, arguing that people look to the Sunshine State and understand that “leadership matters” .
“It’s not rocket science. I mean, people are watching and they understand that leadership is important. We don’t just watch things go wrong or things go wrong. We do something about it,” Moody told Sean Duffy on Fox. “Sunday Morning Futures” news.
“When we saw people disrespecting the police and other people defunding their police, we gave them raises. When we saw a rash of people rushing into stores and committing mob robberies, we did something about respect. We facilitated the prosecution of these people,” he continued.
Moody was responding to questions about why so many Americans are fleeing Democratic-led states to places like Florida in recent years.
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Census Bureau data from earlier this year found that New York lost 319,000 people between July 2020 and the same month in 2021, while California lost 261,000 over the same time period. Florida, meanwhile, grew by 211,000 residents during that time period.
“We saw other states crowding out their citizens and disenfranchising them. We did something about it. You know, this is a government of the people. They want to make sure that those they elect to office have their backs. And in Florida, we’ve got their backs,” Moody continued.
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The state’s attorney general added in her remarks Sunday that Florida is a “law and order state” that supports its police forces and will uphold the rule of law.
“And we will say … be aware if you move here. Florida is a law and order state. So if you’re a criminal and you reside in Florida, you might want to get out,” he warned.
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“I’m not just the attorney general. I’m a former federal prosecutor, a judge for over a decade. I’m married to a cop. It’s not hard to imagine if you fail and refuse to enforce the laws on the books , and that includes both felonies and your bail statutes, you’re going to see an increase in crime.”
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Florida has fallen squarely under the 2024 presidential spotlight in recent weeks as speculation grows that Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce a presidential bid. Former president Donald Trump, who lives in Florida, has also officially announced his candidacy to regain the White House in the next election.