New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) set social media ablaze after she castigated Republicans in the state during a speech she made last week, in which she said New York Republicans should “head to Florida” where they belong.
On Monday (August 22), Hochul made the remarks which quickly drew criticism on social media for their intolerant overtone, accusing the Governor of isolating Republicans in the state.
In her speech, Hochul declared, “We’re here to say that the era of Trump and Zeldin and Molinaro – just jump on a bus and head down to Florida where you belong. Get out of town.”
She continued her inflammatory remarks, saying, “You don’t represent our values.
Despite an attempt to frame her comments as solely applying to the three men — Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Marc Molirano, and Trump —mentioned in her speech, Republicans still flocked to social media to express their outrage.
“Hochul is flat out attacking not just GOP politicians, but GOP voters. This is just normal behavior for Democrats now,” David Marcus, columnist and author, tweeted.
Podcast host and author James Gidursky tweeted, “Ironically if all 3.27 million Trump voters in NY voted for @leezeldin in November, it would be enough votes to beat Kathy Hochul.”
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY.) also weighed in on the debate, chastising Hochul for her “brash” rhetoric and a mentality of “winner take all, losers pack your bags.”
On Friday (August 26), while the remnants of the outrage from earlier in the week were still swirling, Zeldin fired back: “New York has a Governor who believes that if you disagree with her you are no longer a New Yorker and need to leave the state. Just think about how absolutely nuts that is. Kathy Hochul’s Gotta Go!”