You may have heard it said before: Over the last few years, a lot of left-leaning Americans have moved into red states.
Two easy examples: Texas and Nashville, graced by California migrants.
And as the paradigm goes, people who flee due to less-than-desirable legislative maneuvers then vote on issues in ways that foster those exact same moves.
Polk County’s Grady Judd is familiar.
Therefore, the Florida sheriff has a message for people coming from other places.
People — some might say — who were previously “stupid.”
As you may have heard, Gov. Ron DeSantis recently cemented a bill cracking down on violent protests.
HB1 was proposed in January by Florida’s House of representatives.
It passed the Senate last Thursday and was penned into law Monday.
Amid the signing, Ron championed the status of the Combating Public Disorder Act:
“If you look at the breadth of this particular piece of legislation, it is the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement piece of legislation in the country. There’s just nothing even close.”
That was followed by a press release:
“In Florida, we are taking an unapologetic stand for the rule of law and public safety. We are holding those who incite violence in our communities accountable, supporting our law enforcement officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe and protecting Floridians from the chaos of mob violence. We’re also putting an end to the bullying and intimidation tactics of the radical left by criminalizing doxing and requiring restitution for damaging memorials and monuments by rioters.”
Today, surrounded by our state’s law enforcement community, I proudly signed HB 1 into law, which makes clear that rioting and violence have absolutely no place in Florida and provides protections for the brave men and women who keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/ULs6cx8xzy
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 19, 2021
At the news conference where Ron inked the law, Sheriff Grady offered his own two cents:
“We’re a special place, and there are millions and millions of people who like to come here. And, quite frankly, we like to have them here.”
Grady tipped his hat to safe sun ‘n’ fun:
“There’s a reason that this place is fun. There’s a reason why we have a 49-year-low crime rate.”
“[T]he same people that don’t think we should have an anti-rioting bill or a rioting bill are the same ones that think we ought to let more people out of prison. And where they’re doing that — as the governor and our speakers have alluded to — crime goes up. But it’s not just crime that goes up; victimization goes up.”
Grady doesn’t want Florida to become a city under siege:
“We’ve got a new law, and we’re going to use it if you make us. We’re going to protect the people. No longer will people walk up and surround you as a citizen of Florida or a visitor of Florida, surround you while you’re eating dinner at an outdoor cafe in a big mob without there being immediate consequences and arrest. It’s not acceptable.”
Along the way, the lawman managed a very easy-to-understand directive for those new to The Sunshine State:
“So we only want to share one thing as you move in, hundreds a day: Welcome to Florida. But don’t register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north — or you’ll get what they got.”
Like the Gulf of Mexico on a great day…clear.
During a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County tells new Florida residents "Don't register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north."pic.twitter.com/HahFQVCVW2
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) April 19, 2021
As for mob violence, Grady delivered a little lesson, accentuated by visual aids.
He presented two contrasting photos:
“Peaceful protest, we encourage; and more riot. We can tell the difference. And I guarantee you that you’ll be able to tell the difference — if you come here and riot.”
Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd pulls out two photos to show the difference between “peaceful protest” and “more riot.”
“We can tell the difference,” he says. pic.twitter.com/cJkwqK9QvX
— The Recount (@therecount) April 19, 2021
Once again, clear as the Pensacola shoreline.
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