Florida governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a new immigration law that has left truckers boycotting the state, construction sites have been abandoned, and fruits and vegetables are rotting in the fields. Florida’s economy is about to completely destroyed by this complete buffoon. Mike Papantonio & Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a new immigration law that’s left truckers boycotting the state, construction sites have been abandoned and fruits and vegetables, well, they’re rotting in the field. Florida’s economy is about to be completely destroyed and these folks sit by like buffoons saying, hey, we’ve really accomplished something here. No. Look, there’s again, why do we do these stories about Florida? Because DeSantis wants to be president of the United States. Okay. So all you gotta do is look and see what’s he doing down in Florida to understand how dangerous he could be as a governor of the state. Pick it up.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. This move by DeSantis to crack down on immigration in Florida is about the dumbest thing you could do. But he’s only doing it because he wants to run for president. That is 100% what this is about. He’s trying to run for president and he wants to show the country that I’m not the open borders Biden that you’ve got now. I’m better. Okay. Well, you just basically cut off a workforce that is what, 6% of Florida’s workforce.

Mike Papantonio: 800,000.

Farron Cousins: 800,000 people that you’re now saying you can’t work in Florida. You can’t work in the hotel industry, which is where they like to go. You can’t work in landscaping, which is where they’re utilized. Not construction, all of it.

Mike Papantonio: Chicken processing.

Farron Cousins: We’re dependent on them.

Mike Papantonio: Poultry processing. Can’t pick strawberries. These are people, look, I gotta tell you something. You were here two hurricanes. Every hurricane, if we didn’t have immigrant workers coming in, fixing and rebuilding, we would be in a a disaster.

Farron Cousins: We still wouldn’t be rebuilt.

Mike Papantonio: We still wouldn’t have roofs on our houses. Right. So, I think it’s sinking in to people that are paying attention to this. You’re gonna be killing the economy. You know what the price of orange juice is gonna be by the time this is over, or how expensive it’s gonna be to build a house or how expensive it is just to rent a hotel room? Because these people are, you know, they’re hard workers, man. They come in here, they want a better life. Now there’s another side to it. The US Chamber of Commerce looks at them like just insignificant, necessary entity to get stuff done.

Farron Cousins: Yeah. Livestock.

Mike Papantonio: Livestock. Cut off an arm, sorry you lost your arm working. We’re gonna ship you back to Nicaragua. Sorry, the chemical blinded you, we’re gonna ship you back to Mexico. The US Chamber of Commerce, the way they look at this is really, really ugly. All these people, all these folks are expendable. But the truth is, in Florida in particular, these workers have done incredible things to keep our economy alive. And I gotta tell you, look, you know what. This legislation to me is kind of the crown jewel. Okay. First of all, think of these, this legislation, oh, by the way, every one of these things I’m about to talk about. What’s this guy’s name? Alex Andrad Head.

Farron Cousins: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re good friend Andrade.

Mike Papantonio: Alex Andrad Head. Okay. So they come up with no Democrats can vote. You remember that legislation?

Farron Cousins: Yeah. That’s.

Mike Papantonio: How about blogger? If you’re a blogger, you had to register with the governor and the legislature, if you criticize the governor or legislature. Remember that legislation? How about do away with the standards of slander and libel, do away with New York Times v Sullivan. You remember that? How about destroy, and now we’re gonna destroy the citrus industry and construction industry and we’re gonna destroy labor market. But they also came out with a property insurance where it makes it almost impossible for somebody who’s had their home destroyed by a hurricane to actually recover. I mean, the truth is we could go on forever. And every one of these, you got into a spat with this Andrade guy a little while back. Right? You were, you and Andrade, I don’t even know who this guy is. I mean, he’s so insignificant. I’m surprised you even spent time doing it. You know, it was crazy talk, wasn’t it?

Farron Cousins: It was a very weird, weird situation. I got to the point I was just tired of dealing with it. I’ve blocked him on Twitter. But I think the cusp of all of this is just the fact that we are seeing this nutty, like truly nutty and stupid legislation here in Florida that these folks wanna take on the national level. All of these individuals enable this lunatic DeSantis who is about to announce he’s running.

Mike Papantonio: Well, it’s not just DeSantis, now. Nothing happened.

Farron Cousins: No, no, no. That’s what I’m saying. They’re all acting together to tell him, yes, do the crazy things. Be the stupid guy. Cripple our economy. Take 6% of our workforce away overnight because we’re just stupid.

Mike Papantonio: So we started criticizing Andrade. Didn’t he accuse me of wearing a, he said, Pap wears a toupée. No, I’m sorry Mr. Andrade. I don’t. That’s the mentality of these people, though.

Farron Cousins: It’s trash.

Mike Papantonio: Started attacking me and attacking you and because we were critical of him. And rather than saying, hey, look man, I put my big pants on when I signed up to be a politician. It’s just insane. And it’s like, it is like, it’s like insanity has visited Tallahassee and everything’s coming out of this year is the reflection of this guy right here who’s running for president.

Farron Cousins: Yep.

Mike Papantonio: Farron, that’s all for tonight. Thanks. I appreciate you joining me. Okay.

Farron Cousins: Thank you.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.