State attorney suspended by DeSantis accuses him of being ‘like ‘1984’ Orwellian Thought Police’

Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren appeared on CNN Tonight, Thursday, where he discussed his recent suspension by Governor Ron DeSantis for pledging to not prosecute people who have abortions.

“This just shows how flagrant this overreach is,” Warren said. “This is a blatant violation of the most fundamental principles in our democracy that the people get to elect their leaders. It's how democracy works. Even my 8-year-old understands that.”

While a 15-week abortion ban was reinstated in July, Warren claims it is currently unconstitutional.

“It's not a dereliction of duty,” Warren said. “In fact, it's not even talking about things I've done in office. It's talking about things I may do in the future for a law that doesn't even exist yet. I mean, this is out of, like, 1984 Orwellian Thought Police.”

Warren has not been presented with a case since the ban was made state law. That being said, if he is presented with a case he will not prosecute as long as it is constitutionally protected.

“The governor is just upset because I'm not kowtowing to his agenda,” Warren said. “I'm the one upholding the law here. The law is clear in Florida. A 15-week ban is unconstitutional, and I said I'm not going to enforce it.”

Despite being suspended by DeSantis, the Hillsborough County State Attorney plans on continuing to do the job he was elected to do.

“The reality is the governor can sign some order in his pen or his crayon, and it doesn't stop what the voters voted for me to do,” Warren said.

Video Transcript

ANDREW WARREN: This just shows how flagrant this overreach is. This is a blatant violation of the most fundamental principles in our democracy, that the people get to elect their leaders. That's how democracy works. Even my eight-year-old understands that.

KYLIE MAR: Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren appeared on CNN tonight, Thursday, where he discussed his recent suspension by Ron DeSantis for pledging to not prosecute people who have abortions.

ANDREW WARREN: It's not a dereliction of duty. In fact, it's not even talk about things that I've done in the office, it's talking about things that I may do in the future for a law that doesn't even exist yet. I mean, this is out of like 1984 Orwellian thought police.

KYLIE MAR: While a 15-week abortion ban was reinstated in July, Warren claims it is currently unconstitutional.

ANDREW WARREN: The governor is just upset because I'm not kowtowing to his agenda. I'm the one upholding the law here. On abortion, the law is clear in Florida, that 15-week ban is unconstitutional. And I said I'm not going to enforce it.

KYLIE MAR: Despite being suspended by DeSantis, the Hillsborough County state attorney plans on continuing to do the job he was elected to do. The reality is that the governor can sign some order in his pen or in his crayon, and it doesn't change what the voters elected me to do, which is to serve this community to the best of my ability.

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