The lengthy and restrictive lockdowns in blue states have led many to relocate themselves and their families to red states, a group of GOP governors told Fox News.
The group of six leaders from Arizona, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Tennessee spoke to Sean Hannity at a town hall for Republican governor reopenings Wednesday night.
“[Former President Ronald] Reagan said if the pilgrims had landed in California they would never have discovered the rest of the country, “said Doug Ducey, governor of Arizona, adding,” Nobody leaves California because they want to. “
“[T]The lack of opportunity supplants them, ”he continued, calling the population decline of the Golden State“ the result of leadership, politics and a lack of quality of life and economic opportunities.
“I think people across the country are looking around in many states with dissatisfaction, especially with life,” noted Bill Lee, Governor of Tennessee, reiterating to his GOP colleagues about what he has seen and seen of new residents in his state heard.
When the governor of Tennessee spoke about how the red and blue states responded to the pandemic, he noted, “Suddenly, the differences between our states and these blue states are stark.”
Regarding these differences, Lee noted, “Tennessee is the third lowest tax per capita. Our regulation in this state is really different from those states where regulation has increased. “
“The health crisis is over. The emergency is over. We have opened up completely and are moving our state forward, ”he continued
In South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem said her team had launched a campaign to encourage frustrated police officers to move into the state under left-wing condemnation of the police.
So far, “hundreds and hundreds” from 41 countries have responded.
Even without the campaign, she said, many saw South Dakota as a potential home for the first time due to democratic leadership amid COVID.
“What happened during this pandemic enabled us to tell our story,” she explained. “Thousands of people are moving into our state and if you ask them they say they want to live somewhere where the government will respect them, they want to live somewhere where they can be free. “
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis said, “These people who are coming are registering as Republicans.”
“I also came across a lot of people who were Democrats and bans turned them Republicans,” added DeSantis.
As for the Sunshine State’s new residents to move out of their liberal enclaves, DeSantis argued the logic was straightforward.
They said, ‘I’m in California and they’re banning my kids from school. I’m coming to Florida, they are in school and the people are free and happy, “said the governor of Florida.
According to the last census, California and New York, two of the bluest states in the country, each lost a seat in the House of Representatives because their populations had declined compared to other states.
In California in particular, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom will face a recall election for his handling of the pandemic.
Last year, his approval rating dropped in response to the tough restrictions he placed on businesses and the state’s closure of schools, none of which played a major role in actually containing the spread of the coronavirus in the state.