DeSantis stole my plan to ship migrants – Rolling Stone
In the last days, Donald Trump has privately expressed his anger at Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for sending planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. Trump’s displeasure, however, has nothing to do with moral revulsion at the governor using human beings as unsuspecting pawns for political attack. Instead, Trump is telling his allies and confidants that he’s outraged that DeSantis seems to think he’s allowed to steal the ex-president’s mantle as a media star and as a media chief. undocumented immigrants.
Ever since the Florida Republican – possibly under false pretenses – ferried migrants from the Texas-Mexico border to Massachusetts, Trump has pointedly complained to some of his closest aides that DeSantis was trying to take the cycle away from him. national news, two sources familiar with the matter tell rolling stone.
Trump has fumed over all the praise DeSantis’ acting has received lately in influential conservative circles — such as in right-wing outlets like Fox News — and privately accused DeSantis of doing this largely to generate a polling boost. in 2024 for himself among GOP voters. (Earlier this month, Trump and his political operation issued a brief statement claiming that “the Mar-a-Lago raid gave Trump a 10-point boost over DeSantis with Republican primary voters, reports say. surveys.”)
Neither Trump nor DeSantis has officially declared a presidential election in 2024, although both have laid the groundwork for a national campaign. Trump remains the leader of the Republican Party and its most popular national figure. But DeSantis has a similar MAGA brand and in recent months has made gains in the polls — and among the conservative elite.
Obviously, in the days following the arrival of the migrants on Martha’s Vineyard, Trump publicly commented on them sparingly. He also refused to praise DeSantis profusely in the way his fellow Republican icons have repeatedly done. The former president is famous for responding quickly and verbally to a number of headlines or controversies — political, legal, pop-cultural, and more. — thus making his general omissions regarding DeSantis and the stunt all the more egregious.
And Trump’s apparent sense of the right flank’s immigration vulnerability was evident on his social media platform, Truth Social. There, the former president spent his weekend intermittently teasing his alleged plans to run again in 2024 while hailing his own record of cruelty to asylum seekers.
In a manic posting frenzy, Trump shared a series of posts in quick succession teasing his 2024 plans (“Why Trump Will Run Again” and “Trump Runs”) while sharing posts that credit himself following the Martha’s Vineyard stunt (“Libs dumped with illegal immigrants discover merits of Trump’s ‘safe third country’ deals”) and a warning to DeSantis to back off (“Running against Trump is more of a risk for DeSantis to peak so soon’).
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Anonymous officials went to a shelter in San Antonio and allegedly deceived about 50 Venezuelan and Colombian migrants to board a charter flight to Martha’s Vineyard, possibly with misinformation about available jobs and housing. DeSantis performed the stunt, involving migrants who had never set foot in Florida. Other Republican politicians have also recently engaged in the tactic, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who ferried migrants to Democratic enclaves much to the delight of the anti-immigration right.
Republican lawmakers are eager to air their anti-immigrant cruelty to voters, but they by no means have a monopoly on mistreatment. As Vice President, Joe Biden was a hardliner on immigration in the Obama administration. Upon entering the Oval Office, Biden vowed his administration would unravel Trump’s sweeping rewrite of national policies on migrants and asylum seekers. His administration enjoyed some success, but progress was uneven. For example, Biden has publicly stated his goal of ending a Trump-era order that used Covid as an excuse to force migrants to stay on the Mexican side of the southern border. But those efforts have been slow, and this week Reuters reports that the administration was press Mexico to accept more migrants from Central America and the Caribbean.
Amid questions about the legality and morality of what DeSantis did, the fracas doubles as a proxy fight between the two most important figures of modern American conservatism. It’s a political conflict likely to produce more cruel, ostentatious and draconian political proposals and actions, as leaders such as DeSantis and Trump compete to outdo each other.
“With approximately 10 million job offers, these Venezuelan asylum seekers will soon have jobs and [be] support their families. Too bad they had to be pawns in an old-fashioned game of ‘Own the Libs’,” says Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst working at the libertarian Cato Institute in Washington, DC. “It’s important to note that this stunt is just an escalation from 2016. Trump drastically changed policy, DeSantis is just trying the same old Trunpian playbook. There doesn’t seem to be a real political entrepreneur in this cycle like there was in 2016.”
Nowrasteh adds: “I have watched the chaos on the border escalate over the past 2 years. The situation is only made more chaotic by the governors who intervene [in] transport migrants to parts of the country where they do not want to go. Venezuelan migrants integrate well. Their largest community is in Florida, and many migrants airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard will eventually end up there.