Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ripped the hypocrisy of his critics being extra outraged at him flying a handful of migrants to swanky Martha’s Winery than when border crossers die in terrifying situations.
“It’s actually irritating,” DeSantis told Fox News’ Sean Hannity late Monday, hours after a felony investigation was launched into his relocation of practically 50 migrants to the luxurious Massachusetts hotspot.
“Thousands and thousands of individuals since Biden’s been president, illegally coming throughout the southern border. Did they freak out about that? No.
“You’ve had migrants die within the Rio Grande — you had 50 die in Texas in a trailer as a result of they have been being uncared for. Was there a freak out about that? No, there wasn’t.
“You’ve had felony aliens get throughout that southern border and victimize People, killing some, raping some. Was there any sort of concern about that? No.
“It’s solely when 50 [migrants] get put into Martha’s Winery” that there was outrage, he mentioned, dismissing it a “digital signaling.”
DeSantis insisted that left-wing areas like Martha’s Winery “mentioned they needed this, they mentioned they have been a sanctuary jurisdiction.”
“And never solely did they not welcome them — they deported them the following day with the Nationwide Guard! Give me a break,” he mentioned.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar mentioned Monday that his workplace is probing whether or not the migrants, primarily from Venezuela, have been illegally “lured” to board flights from San Antonio to Florida after which lastly Massachusetts.
“Any person got here from out of state, preyed upon these folks, lured them with guarantees of a greater life,” Salazar mentioned at a news briefing.
Nonetheless, DeSantis insisted that everybody on the flights had “signed consent types to go” and was given maps and knowledge on assist they’d get as soon as on the ultimate, Democrat-run vacation spot.
“So it was clearly voluntary, and all the opposite nonsense you’re listening to is simply not true,” he mentioned.
“And why wouldn’t they wish to go, given the place they have been,” he mentioned, saying the flown-out migrants had been “in actually actually dangerous form” in overrun border cities.
He additionally ripped Martha’s Winery for complaining that they “didn’t have housing” for the few dozen arrivals.
“Let’s simply say that’s true for a minute — nicely what does that imply for these poor cities in Texas? What does it imply for these different locations throughout the nation which are seeing inflow? What does it imply to those small cities that Biden has dumped so many individuals in?” he requested.
He maintained that the true focus needs to be on President Biden’s disastrous border insurance policies which have allowed document numbers of migrants to stream in, with lots of them saying they see the US as an open border.
“I believe what we’ve been in a position to do is present that this border is a catastrophe. Biden has failed on this as a lot or greater than some other coverage, and now individuals are speaking about it,” he mentioned, calling it a “front-burner situation” for elections.