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In a battle of ideologies, a governor from the Left Coast is running attack ads against Florida governor Ron DeSantis. But why? In tonight's In-Depth Report, Church Militant's Paul Murano examines the competition between two Catholic governors, for the nation's future and soul.
"Freedom — it's under attack in your state," California governor Gavin Newsom says in the ads. "Republican leaders — they're banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors."
Fake-Catholic Newsom is running attack ads against Florida and its Catholic governor, Ron DeSantis. Newsom invites Floridians to come live in his dying state. "I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight — or join us in California."
DeSantis is having none of this. "They will not draw the connection between their leftist ideology and the destruction that's all around them," DeSantis said.
The public spat is a preview of what may be coming in a 2024 or 2028 presidential race, as Newsom sees DeSantis as his biggest stumbling block to the White House. "Our approach is as different as daylight and darkness," Newsom says.
Deeper than that is the philosophical difference these two Catholics represent. One sees reality through a Catholic lens, and the other through an anti-Catholic, anti-human lens. Newsom's ad focuses on sex, race and prenatal murder. It indirectly criticizes Florida's new law against sexual perversion taught to young children and the state's post-Roe abortion laws. "Freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate and the freedom to love," is how Newsom portrays California.
While the Left is giddy, critics of Newsom and his ad are sounding off.
"He's talking about Ron DeSantis taking away freedoms," actor, comedian and radio host Adam Carolla said. "This is a guy who shut down schools, shut down beaches, shut down outdoor dining, made sure 2-year-olds were masked up, shut down playgrounds and hiking trails, shut down small businesses."
Carolla sees Newsom's attack as a charade that is typical of the Left in its quest to maintain power. "He doesn't believe anything he's saying," Carolla said of Newsom. Carolla continued:
He doesn't believe COVID's dangerous or he wouldn't be out with 31 of his closest friends drinking 40 grand worth of wine. And he wouldn't be standing around SoFi Stadium with no mask on — if he believed it! He doesn't believe it. He doesn't believe Montana. He doesn't believe anything he says, and I don't believe anything he says either.
The ad strategically uses traditional symbols like the flag, coupled with euphemisms and techniques to obscure unpopular images like sodomitical relationships, which Newsom describes as "the freedom to love."
The attack ad shows the philosophical and spiritual war may have established its political symbols: a fake Catholic governor offering post-Christian chaos in the name of freedom, and a Catholic governor offering freedom in the name of the Constitution.
Ironically, DeSantis has gained an unexpected supporter. A family trust run by Newsom's in-laws made a $5,000 donation to a DeSantis political action committee.
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