Blue states like New York and California have been widely (and deservedly) mocked over the last couple of decades or so by Republicans including GOP governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis due to the growing number of people who have fled those Democrat-run states in favor of red states.
The reasons for the exodus mostly revolve around the costs of living typically being cheaper as well the fact that the job opportunities are oftentimes more plentiful. Unfortunately, in all too many instances, the people who move from their blue state to a red state sometimes bring along with them the same left-wing mindset that helped turn their former state into the very woke, expensive trainwreck that made them want to run away from it in the first place.
It was undoubtedly with that thought in mind that a conservative writer in Florida dinged Keith Olbermann but good after a brief exchange that started over the humorous story of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) getting caught spending time in the Sunshine State over the Christmas holiday doing some of the very things she urges her fellow New Yorkers not to do in the middle of a COVID outbreak.
Brendon Leslie, a conservative journalist and the founder of Florida’s Conservative Voice, explained in a Twitter thread on AOC’s now-well-publicized jaunt to the state that “For those of you with zero sense of humor: the whole point of this post is to expose hypocrisy. We don’t actually care she’s maskless. We care she fear mongers about Florida but then has the audacity to vacation here.”
Two days later, Olbermann, who still to this day is still a genuinely awful person for reasons I’ll explain in just a minute, sarcastically responded by insinuating that Leslie didn’t want anyone to vacation in a state that has made a lot of money thanks to the influx of tourists and retirees.
“There’s the takeaway: don’t anybody vacation in Florida. Got it,” said the disgraced former MSNBC anchor who during his time on the network had a segment on his show devoted to making “special comments” on public figures who irritated him.
Around this time in debates between liberals and conservatives on how conservatives are supposedly so “inhospitable” to liberals who want to vacation in or move to their states, it’s not uncommon to see conservatives back down to avoid getting labeled as “unwelcoming.”
Fortunately, Leslie didn’t wilt. He responded accordingly by telling Olbermann that he, AOC and anyone else who had their “destructive” political viewpoints should kindly stay out of his state. He signed it “Florida Man”:
Hi @KeithOlbermann – fine by me, keep your destructive politics out of my state.
While you’re at it, encourage all your comrades to do the same.
Florida Man https://t.co/xWTGpCIXhl
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) January 4, 2022
As someone who has watched her state go from reliably red to purple over the last couple of decades thanks to the deluge of people coming here from up north and bringing their big-government belief systems with them, I could not agree more. While I’m okay with political disagreement and debate, I am not okay at all with people trying to turn North Carolina into what they couldn’t wait to get away from. Nope, not gonna grin and bear it at all, not gonna mask my disdain with southern sweetness. I’ll fight against it every day until the good Lord carries me home.
As for Olbermann, on the same day he tried and failed to dunk on Leslie, he was also continuing his push to put himself in contention for “Worst Person in the World” status, a term which those who were familiar with Olbermann’s “Countdown” show on MSNBC should remember:
Latest anti-vax pro-death moo from Russian asset @SenRonJohnson: “Why do we think that we can create something better than God in terms of combating disease?”
He’s had a series of small strokes, hasn’t he? https://t.co/KDcxOmuLBj
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 4, 2022
Stay classy, Keith. Stay classy.