Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has busted the hypocrisy of his critics as they were more outraged that he would fly a handful of migrants to posh Martha’s Vineyard than border crossings would die in terrifying circumstances.
“It’s really frustrating,” DeSantis told TNZT News’ Sean Hannity on Monday, hours after a criminal investigation was launched into his relocation of nearly 50 migrants to the upscale Massachusetts hot spot.
“Millions of people since Biden became president have been illegally crossing the southern border. Are they mad about that? No.
“You let migrants die in the Rio Grande – you let 50 die in Texas in a trailer because they were neglected. Was there a freak about that? No, there wasn’t.
“You’ve got criminal aliens crossing that southern border and victimizing Americans, killing some, raping some. Was there any kind of outrage about that? No.
“It’s only like 50 [migrants] being put in Martha’s Vineyard” that there was outrage, he said, dismissing it as a “virtual alert.”
DeSantis insisted that leftist areas like Martha’s Vineyard “said they wanted this, they said they were a sanctuary jurisdiction.”
“And not only did they not welcome them – they deported them the next day with the National Guard! Give me a break,” he said.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Monday his office is investigating whether the migrants, mostly from Venezuela, were illegally “lured” to board flights from San Antonio to Florida and then to Massachusetts.
“Someone came from out of state, fell for these people, lured them with promises of a better life,” Salazar told a newsletter.
However, DeSantis insisted that everyone on the flights “signed consent forms to go” and be given maps and information about help they would receive at the final Democrat-run destination.
“So it was clearly voluntary, and all the other bullshit you hear is just not true,” he said.
“And why wouldn’t they want to go, given where they were,” he said, saying the fledged migrants were “in really, really bad shape” in overrun border towns.
He also tore up Martha’s Vineyard because she complained that they “had no housing” for the several dozen arrivals.
“Let’s just say that’s true—well, what does that mean for these poor Texas towns? What does it mean for these other places in the country that are seeing an influx? What does it mean to these small towns that Biden has dumped so many people?” he asked.
He insisted the real focus should be on President Biden’s disastrous border policies, which have seen record numbers of migrants enter, with many of them saying they see the US as an open border.
“I think we have been able to show that this border is a disaster. Biden has failed at this as much or more than any other policy, and now people are talking about it,” he said, calling it a “leading problem” for elections.