At a press conference with Gov. DeSantis during the signing of the “anti-riot” bill, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd warned incoming residents of Florida to not vote the way they voted up north unless they want their new home to be just as bad as the one they left.
“Never have I seen the leadership that I see with Governor DeSantis, with Speaker Sprowls, and with President Simpson,” Judd stated. “They’re making a positive difference, not for government, but for the people of the state of Florida. Florida is a unique place and a special place. It’s where we work, where we live, but it’s also where the world comes to play, to bring their children, and their children have a right to be safe.”
Judd referenced the riots in liberal cities that have devastated their inhabitants due to Democratic policies. Cities such as Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis, and a long list of other Democrat-controlled cities have seen riots, crime, and destruction that Judd does not want the state of Florida subjected to.
“We’ve got a new law and we’re going to use it if you make us,” Judd promised. “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.”
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He proceeded to tell those that are moving to the Sunshine State that they needed to vote more conservatively than in their home states. He didn’t mention Democrats but his insinuation was fairly clear. He has endorsed pro-Trump candidates and he was appointed to Trump’s Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The sheriff is also a strong advocate for the Second Amendment.
“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,” Judd noted. “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.”
“There’s a reason that this place is fun,” Judd remarked. “There’s a reason why we have a 49-year-low crime rate. And the 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.”
The sheriff also had words for critics of the anti-riot bill: “We can tell the difference and I’ll guarantee you that you’ll be able to tell the difference if you come here and riot,” he warned.
“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,” DeSantis also said in regard to the “anti-riot” law. “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.”
Judd has previously referenced those who are intent on rioting in Polk County: “If you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone.”
On January 17, 2016, Judd also said it is “more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.”
In 2006, a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Polk County. Ten SWAT team members fired 110 rounds, hitting the suspect 68 times after a 24-hour manhunt. He also wounded a deputy and killed a police dog. “I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had,” Judd remarked. “We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back.”
There was solid support on social media for Sheriff Judd as well as Gov. DeSantis:
Ron DeSantis and Grady Judd sleeping well on MyPilow after signing “anti-riot” bill. Thankful for the the best governor and best sheriff. Florida man? Pshhh #DeSantisJudd2024.
— Kirstin (@Kirstin43368466) April 20, 2021
What he is saying, isn’t wrong. The reason folks left to move to a new place, like taxes etc, and they turn around to just turn it into just like where they ran away from, is pretty stupid. “Hey this place is awesome, lets screw it up like where we were living!” pic.twitter.com/XEEiuidpm5
— P1JonfromNC (@P1JonfromNC) April 19, 2021
— Bedrock (@Bedrockk) April 19, 2021
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