Trump: People are fleeing New York for Texas, Florida

President Trump on Tuesday said people are leaving New York for Texas and Florida, claiming they are fleeing government policies in the state.

“People are fleeing New York like never before. If they own a business, they are twice as likely to flee. And if they are a victim of harassment by the A.G. [attorney general] of the state, like what they are doing to our great NRA, which I think will move quickly to Texas, where they are loved,” the president tweeted.

{mosads}”Texas will defend them & indemnify them against political harassment by New York State and Governor Cuomo. So many people are leaving New York for Texas and Florida that it is totally under siege. First New York taxes you too high, then they sue you, just to complete the job.”

Trump did not cite any specific figures in his tweet, but an analysis of Census data by Cornell University’s Program on Applied Demographics found that New York state’s population dropped 48,510 between July 2017 and 2018. New York City’s population fell 39,523 over the same period, according to the data.

The tweets Tuesday are the second time in as many days that Trump has targeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and state Attorney General Letitia James (D).

On Monday, the president said Cuomo was using James as “bludgeoning tool” against him, while also calling the state “expensive.”

Cuomo responded to Trump’s tweets Tuesday, saying the president is living in “la la land.”

“If he is worried about law enforcement, he shouldn’t break the law. If he is worried about New York taxes, he should repeal the New York tax penalty called SALT that he and Republicans passed, which targeted New York and raised our taxes by $15 billion,” the governor said in a statement.

“I lowered taxes in New York. Trump raised them. Try the truth for a change, Mr. President.”

Though it is not clear what about New York has specifically drawn Trump’s ire on Twitter in the last couple of days, James has been aggressive in investigating Trump, his administration and his business interests.

She has filed or joined a barrage of lawsuits on issues from the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the census to the Trump Organization’s business practices.

Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), who resigned in May 2018 after he was accused of abusing multiple women, began a lawsuit which resulted in the Trump Foundation being shuttered.

Schneiderman has denied the abuse allegations against him.

James responded to Trump’s tweets on Monday, saying that “No one is above the law.”

Updated at 2:29 p.m.

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