‘Pathetic man’: The California-Florida rivalry just exploded

June 06, 2023

In a Monday tweet, Newsom called DeSantis a “small, pathetic man” and asked “kidnapping charges?” while citing California criminal code that states anyone who transports someone “by force or fraud” is guilty of kidnapping. Newsom suggested DeSantis could face state criminal charges after more than a dozen asylum seekers were flown to Sacramento and left at a Catholic church. He has lambasted the Florida governor over his policies on education, guns, abortion and more. DeSantis jabbed back at Newsom when the Florida governor landed in California in March to deliver a speech and raise money for local Republicans. “This was a stunt that plays well in their [Republicans’] home states, I guess,” South said.