Longtime Fox News host Sean Hannity has joined the migratory pattern of conservatives fleeing Democratic enclaves for freer, low-tax areas of the country.
The longtime Fox News anchor announced on his SiriusXM show Tuesday that he is “done” with New York and will shortly be moving to the conservative bastion known as Florida where Republicans like Governor Ron DeSantis and U.S. Senators Rick Scott (R-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) closely hew to his values.
“I’ve been threatening now to do this for quite a while, but we are now beginning our first broadcast from my new home and that is in the free state of Florida,” he said on his iHeartRadio show on Tuesday. “I am out. I am done. I’m finished.”
The Hill reports that Hannity “feels a lot better” about finally making his decision to leave the Big Apple, given new taxes implemented by Democrats like Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul. Florida, by comparison, has cut taxes in recent years and does not place a state tax on individual income.
“And finally for the first time that I can think of in my adult life, I actually have representatives in the state that I’m living in that share my values,” Hannity said.
“And if anything, I’m probably late and behind the curve and many others have made the move beforehand and there’s not a single person that I know, that made a move like this that is not happy that they’ve made it,” he said.
Among his other reasons for moving, the 27-year Fox veteran listed “burdensome regulation, high crime [and] horrible school districts” as reasons why Americans are fleeing deep-blue states. Between 2021 and 2022, Illinois, California, and New York — all Democratic strongholds — each lost more than 100,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. California, which boasts both the largest sales and income taxes in the country, lost more than 75,000 additional residents in 2023.
Between 2020 and 2023, Florida added nearly 1.1 million residents, according to Fox.
Other conservatives who now call the Sunshine State their new home are commentators Charlie Kirk and Ben Shapiro and major GOP donors like businessman Ken Griffin and Oracle founder Jeffrey Henry.
“It’s like Washington with palm trees,” said GOP consultant Ryan Williams told the Wall Street Journal.
With Florida already the epicenter of conservative activism, expect Hannity to regularly host more of his guests from his new studio, with recent visits by Vivek Ramaswamy and former President Donald Trump, himself a new permanent Florida resident, sure to be repeated.