Ron DeSantis Delivers Stark Warning to Would-Be Hurricane Ian Looters: ‘Florida is a Law and Order State’

In a press conference yesterday, Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis delivered a stark warning to would-be Hurricane Ian looters.

DeSantis shared a clip of his speech in a tweet and declared, “Florida is a law and order state. Looting and lawlessness will not be tolerated.”

In the clip, DeSantis explained, “The other thing that we’re concerned about in areas that were really hard hit is that we want to make sure that we’re maintaining law and order.”

“Don’t even think about looting, don’t even think about taking advantage of people in this vulnerable situation,” DeSantis warned.

DeSantis continued, “So local law enforcement is involved in monitoring that. I told Kevin [Guthrie] if the state needs to help as well because you can have people bringing boats into some of these islands and trying to ransack people’s homes.”

“I can tell you, in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home and I would not want to chance that if I were you given that we are a second amendment state,” DeSantis insisted.

Florida GOP State Representative John Snyder referenced measures taken to stop looting in a tweet where he shared a picture of himself with Martin County’s Emergency Response team.

“This is what Florida is all about! It was an honor to join @MartinFLSheriff and his Emergency Response Team along with many other LEO agencies to provide anti-looting and general public safety support to Lee & Charlotte County.”

DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw shared a picture from one home in Florida with signs that said, “TRY TO LOOT” “I WILL EAT YOUR FACE.”

Pushaw applauded the message, but one liberal took offense to it and pushed back in a quote tweet where they complained, “This has been the theme of the gov’s press sec all morning.”

“Essentially, the message from the governor’s office today is: Kill people you suspect of looting. All because she saw a pic of some young people arrested for looting. Arrested, mind you. Not charged or convicted,” they said.

Pushaw shot back, “It’s actually about deterring crime & violence. If people value their own lives, they won’t attempt to loot the homes of Floridians devastated by the hurricane. You& anyone who thinks looting is ok: be advised that Floridians are armed and will defend themselves & their property.”

In another video that went viral yesterday in a tweet with nearly 10,000 views, a sign reads, “LOOT HERE, DIE HERE.”

The Twitter user who posted it noted in the tweet, “Southwest Florida is pretty conservative. Good luck to those who plan on looting tonight.”

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