‘Just look at Democrat states’: Hannity amasses red state governors to talk all things winning

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An army of GOP governors from Florida’s Ron DeSantis to South Dakota’s Kristi Noem amassed live on Fox News late Wednesday for a town hall hosted by Sean Hannity.

While the topics for the discussion on Fox News’s “Hannity” ranged from coronavirus lockdowns to who’s up next in 2024, one central theme was President Joe Biden’s “power grab,” as the host put it, and how Republicans of all stripes can push back on it.

Noem suggested that Republicans stop focusing so much on highlighting precise statistics and facts and instead embrace the human stories that so perfectly encapsulate what it means to live under a Democrat, and what it means to live under a Republican.

“[T]he story that I think we need to tell about 2020 is that leadership has consequences. Just look at Democrat states and what happened to families and businesses there. You look at Republican states and how they’re growing and they’re thriving. … So we talk about statistics and facts all the time, but those stories are going to be powerful,” she said.

Listen to the first ten minutes of the town hall below:

(Video: Fox News)

Dovetailing off of what Noem said, DeSantis added that telling the story of the children who were affected by Democrats’ unscientific school shutdowns will be particularly important.

“I can tell you, locking kids out of school for over a year, that’s going to have ramifications for our country and those states [that did that]. That’s not going to be days, weeks, months. It’s going to be years, and some of these kids are not going to have a future as a result of those bad policies,” he said.

The same applies to all the elderly who were screwed over by Democrats’ obsession with so-called “social justice” and “equity.”

“Forty states have higher per capita mortality for age 65 and up compared to Florida, so we’re one of the top 10 safest states for seniors. We prioritize our seniors for vaccination. The CDC was saying do ‘equity’ and political considerations. I said no way — if you’re 65 and up, we’re getting you the vaccine,” DeSantis added.

And for this, he was attacked and smeared by the Democrat-allied media:

All as the likes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were relentlessly praised, despite the evidence later making it clear they’d been the ones who’d screwed up.

Like Hannity noted, “The mistakes were made in New York, in New Jersey, in Pennsylvania and Michigan and California. How is it they got everything so wrong?”

Because they’re Democrats?

Meanwhile, had it not been for GOP governors like Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds who chose to keep their food processing plants open despite smears from the media, Democrat states like New York would have likely collapsed during the pandemic.

“My farmers and producers produce over 10 percent of the nation’s food supply, so it was imperative that we kept our food processing plants open, and we kept our grocery stores full and meat on the table for families all across this country,” Reynolds said.

This prompted Hannity to note, “When New York was at its worst, I remember saying both on radio and TV, if the medical manufacturers, the food suppliers, if they didn’t manufacture, if the packers didn’t pack and the truckers didn’t truck, New York would have died.”

Listen to the second ten minutes of the town hall below:

“If you compare them to any Democrats, they were much better,” Hannity said, reiterating the contrast between Democrat states and Republican states.

Speaking next, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey noted that this contrast exists because Republican governors like him willfully chose to prioritize the right things.

“We came to some conclusions that we were going to prioritize lives and livelihoods, and all of us were going to err on the side of liberty and limited government. It was going to be a light touch,” he said.

“We were going to listen, inform our citizens trust our citizens. I believe Arizonans have common sense . … It was a tough year, but you want to do the right thing so that your state can navigate through it and come out of it healthier and stronger on the other side. That’s where Arizona is,” he added.

Indeed, like Florida, South Dakota and Iowa, Arizona has been thriving economically, whereas blue states have not.

Earlier this month Moody’s Analytics released a post-pandemic report revealing, among other things, that the worst cities for a coronavirus recovery were all in the Democrat-dominated Northeast, as reported by Forbes.

So how does all this help push back on the left’s “power grab?” By turning Democrats into Republicans, according to DeSantis.

“I have come across a lot of people who quite frankly were Democrats. The lockdowns turned them into Republicans. People say, ‘I was a Democrat because of education, and I’m in California, and they’re locking my kids out of school. I come to Florida, they’re in school,'” he said.

“People are free, people are happy, so I think this whole process has caused some people to reevaluate some of their prior commitments. And if you have a political party that puts the interests of teachers unions over the interests of kids being able to just access an education, that tells you all you need to know,” he added.

To watch the rest of the town hall, check out Fox News’ “Hannity.”

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