(Alex Tien, Headline USA) In an eyebrow-raising recruitment stunt, New York City Mayor Eric Adams held a press conference on Monday pleading for Florida’s LGBT community to move to the Big Apple – “a place where you can be you.”
BREAKING: @NYCMayor announces a new digital billboard campaign in five Florida markets denouncing the hateful #DontSayGay law and inviting Floridians to move to New York. https://t.co/kPB7J7vJoU pic.twitter.com/1Dqbxmzqjo
— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) April 4, 2022
In recent years, there has been a growing trend of American citizens who have been voting with their feet; moving to more conservative areas that have better economic prospects and lower taxes.
This trend was rapidly accelerated during the COVID-19 lockdowns, with many businesses and residents moving away from places like California to Texas. Most notably, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in December, 2021, that he would be moving his HQ out of California to Austin, Texas.
Florida is another place where many residents have fled, especially from places like NYC. The influx of migrants moving from blue states to red states demonstrate a distaste for leftist politics, and also justifiably draw concern from conservatives already living in these places.
“Don’t California my Texas,” as well as “Don’t New York our Florida” are rightfully popular slogans.
Adams seems to think he has found a solution to those fleeing, promoting New York City as a place of “diversity and acceptance.” Adams has directly targeted those living in Florida, condemning the recently-signed Parental Rights in Education bill as “political showmanship of attempting to demonize a particular group or community.”
It’s hard to believe this publicity will have any effect. In December, 2021, the New York Post reported that over 300,000 residents escaped New York between July of 2020 and July of 2021. Additionally, the US Census Bureau released and recorded a 1.6% year-over-year loss, making New York’s the nation’s leader in population decline.