Texas Governor Greg Abbott is running for re-election against Beto O’Rourke. Betting markets heavily favor him, but he’s not taking chances with his base after being primaried. He’s busing migrants to the Northeast.
Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis – much better-positioned to run for President in 2024 – said hold my beer. He’d use planes to own the libs. First his team had to convince people to take the Martha’s Vineyard trip, part of a $12 million program to transport migrants out of the state.
4. Popular Information, however, has obtained a brochure that was provided to the migrants who agreed to the flights.
The brochure says that migrants will be eligible for numerous benefits, including "8 months cash assistance," "assistance with housing," and "job placement" pic.twitter.com/dx0jRmrmc8
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 19, 2022
There’s so much that seems wrong about this stunt. Only a few of those include,
- Misleading the passengers about the benefits of taking part
- Treating them as pawns in a serious public policy discussion
- Massachusetts isn’t even a so-called Sanctuary State, and Martha’s Vineyard isn’t such a city either
Martha’s Vineyard is ostensibly ‘liberal paradise’ but while it’s packed over the summer its character is completely different during the rest of the year. It’s also an expensive place not just to live, but also to buy groceries and to get on and off the island.
Steamship Authority Boat Off Of Martha’s Vineyard
Now there’s speculation that migrants could be headed to President Biden’s home next, based on filed flight plans for one of the planes that was chartered for the Martha’s Vineyard trip:
One of the planes used in DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard stunt is currently scheduled to travel tomorrow from San Antonio, to Florida, to a small airport near Biden’s house in Delaware pic.twitter.com/4yejy32wmi
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 20, 2022
It’s not yet clear whether this flight is related. Liberals, who see the stunts as egregious and the Martha’s Vineyard community reacting with compassion, see the efforts as a self-own. While nationalist conservatives see themselves as pointing out hypocrisy, that they want immigrants to flow into the United States but don’t want them in their backyards.
Sending migrants to the President’s personal residence – sending them to the White House is too risky of a stunt – may be a way to again one-up Greg Aboott who has sent bus loads of people to the Vice President’s official residence.