Mayor of Miami excoriates Biden’s divisiveness, says unity in his city a better model

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez eviscerated President Joe Biden over his divisive, fear-inducing rhetoric directed at political opponents.

Suarez criticized the president during an appearance on Fox Business Network, telling host Maria Bartiromo, “What he’s chosen to do is demonize people who don’t see the world the way he does.”

It’s not just what Biden has said and done to divide people, the Republican mayor said, it’s also what he hasn’t done.

“He hasn’t done anything to promote innovation in areas that are extremely important, like education for example, competition in education,” Suarez said. “Obviously the run-away spending has created all kinds of issues related to increases in rental prices throughout the nation which is causing a tremendous amount of pressure on people, increases in energy, increases in food, historic inflation.”

Last week, Suarez wrote an opinion piece in Newsweek, which is what sparked Bartiromo’s interest. She opened her interview by quoting an excerpt from that piece, where Suarez wrote, “Instead of appealing to our shared hopes, Biden stoked our deepest fears. Instead of advancing an innovative national agenda he retreated to worn, partisan divisions.”

In Monday’s interview, Suarez made a deep contrast to Biden’s style of leadership, pointing to the comparatively positive effects of his leadership.

“We’ve balanced our budget. We have surpluses… because of that, we have 1.4% unemployment,” said Suarez, noting how scarce surpluses are in American cities and states today. “We had 12% growth last year, the second most growth in recorded history. So, while our president decides he wants to divide us, to distract us, I think, we are in Miami staying united and growing.”

Asked what he was doing with the surplus money, the Miami mayor answered with Reagan-esque language on fiscal policy and things that matter to his constituents.

“Well, the first thing we did was we did a tax cut. We actually have the lowest taxes in recorded history last year.”

“The second thing we’ve done is we’ve invested in our infrastructure,” he continued, with an eye toward the continuing growth of his city. Infrastructure in Miami clearly includes flood preparedness, especially during hurricane season.

Suarez said that, because of his sound leadership, “For the first time in our history, FEMA actually reduced our flood risk… which actually reduces flood insurance premiums by about 5% for people in flood areas.”

He added, “It also goes against one of the large counter-narratives that people across America have tried to brand Miami as a city that’s going to be underwater in 10 years or 20 years. On the contrary. We’ve invested wisely. And FEMA has recognized it, reducing premiums and reducing our risk profile.”

Suarez, who is also the current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, called Miami “a beacon of hope,” which is why more and more people move there.

I still think we’re in the early innings of that process. Because of the administration’s incoherent foreign policy, you have unfortunately countries in South America that are continuing to go socialist… so that produces a tremendous amount of demand pressure for the city of Miami.”

Asked about illegal immigration, Suarez said, “It’s not something that is a major issue for us,” due to the city’s perennial demand, with so many people moving there to flee political persecution, especially from Cuba.

However, he does recognize the broader impact of illegal immigration.

“It’s something that’s a major issue for this country in terms of having a coherent conversation on the issue and understanding that there are economic impacts and that it is a national security issue.”

As to the politics of the issue, Suarez injected a bit of cool-headed wisdom.

“I think for Republicans, there’s an opportunity here. We’ve seen in poll after poll that Hispanics are trending Republican. So, I think there’s an opportunity for Republicans to be the solver of this issue and benefit politically, potentially for a generation.”

Suarez speaks of integrity, honesty, and inspiration, and he backs it up with action.

“Honesty is a powerful weapon in politics,” he wrote. “It’s tough to accept, but impossible to ignore. As a nation, we need to have an honest talk about our national politics.”

For fans of Ronald Reagan, here is some more golden prose from Suarez’s opinion piece in Newsweek:

“I know firsthand that Americans want a government that is on their side but off their backs; a government whose hand is off their wallet and whose nose is out of their bedrooms. They want a country that stands tall and a government that gets the basic things done—so they can live their lives and provide for their families. And Americans want leaders who are here to help them and to serve them, not to rule over them or regulate their lives. They want leaders who champion America the way a mayor champions a city. Because when you think about it, America is really one big city—a shining city—where everyone plays a role, everyone finds a place, and everyone has a home.”

 

Even as a mayor, Suarez is concerned for the priorities and policies of our country in the face of a hostile world.

“Our enemies know that by fomenting division and dysfunction, our nation will remain paralyzed, ready to fight each other instead of fighting them,” he wrote. “But if you watched President Joe Biden’s speech in Philadelphia earlier this month, you would think our greatest national threat pertains to our fellow Americans… He embraced the dark ‘malaise’ of Carter when he could have invoked the warm inspiration of Reagan. It was a lost opportunity, indicative of a lost administration. Our enemies look on and smile.”

Sounding like a future statesman, Suarez concluded, “Leading a thriving American city teaches you that inspiration is a force multiplier, diversity is a competitive advantage, and inclusion is a strategic imperative.”

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