Oh, this was good. And you know Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis loves every minute of it. After sending 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard, setting the stage for traumatized Vineyard residents to reveal their hypocritical selves to the world, word had it that DeSantis’s next target was Joe Biden’s Delaware home.
The media being its silly media self, ran with the “news” like wildfire. Daily Mail proclaimed in a headline:
First Martha’s Vineyard, Now Joe’s Backyard! Delaware Readies for Surprise Influx of Migrants After Plane Used by DeSantis to Drop Venezuelans in Martha’s Vineyard Prepares to Touch Down
Game on. DeSantis’s cat-and-mouse game, that is. Reuters warned:
“Delaware braces for migrant flight in U.S. political standoff”
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 20, 2022
More via Reuters:
“Local government officials, advocates and reporters swarmed a small coastal airport near President Joe Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Tuesday in anticipation of a possible flight carrying migrants from Texas.”
“Flight tracking websites showed a scheduled flight set to leave San Antonio, Texas, heading to Georgetown, Delaware, on Tuesday chartered by the same company that was used by Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis to send migrants to the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard last week.”
Sorry, not even close.
As one might assume, The Most Trusted Name in News(TM) was all over the “breaking” news, as well.
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) September 20, 2022
NBC News digital national political reporter Marc Caputo quoted a source close to DeSantis:
“The media, the Democrats, everyone got punked who decided to heed some s— on Twitter instead of waiting for confirmation from the governor’s office. The entire point of this is to put a spotlight on the border. It’s what the governor has said.”https://t.co/wj9AIHNZd1
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) September 21, 2022
The source told NBC:
“He didn’t tell anyone and purposely left people in the dark. So technically the media, the Democrats, everyone got punked who decided to heed some s– on Twitter instead of waiting for confirmation from the governor’s office. The entire point of this is to put a spotlight on the border. It’s what the governor has said.”
And DeSantis, along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, has masterfully done exactly that.
DeSantis campaign rapid response director Christina Pushaw nailed it in a tweet, as well.
“Lol yup. All these reporters who are suddenly so interested in illegal immigration that they swarmed Delaware today, should try visiting the border once in a while. They’ll find plenty of illegal immigrants there.”
To be fair, RedState also reported on the story, under the title (emphasis mine), Ron DeSantis May Have a Special Delivery for Joe Biden in Delaware, in which we included an image of a purported flight plan. That said, we made the point, as did Christina Pushaw, that the real issue is the continuing Biden Border Crisis.
So, what did happen?
If the flight never arrived near Biden’s Delaware home, where did it land? Some reports suggested New Jersey; others said it never left the ground. But, as The Tampa Bay Times reported, after hours of delays, the flight departed San Antonio and headed to Nashville. The Times further reported there were no indications that illegals were aboard the flight, after all.
Here’s more from The Times:
“Before the change, the flight’s ultimate destination had appeared to be a Delaware airport near Biden’s Rehoboth Beach vacation home, according to data posted on the website FlightAware. That followed a pattern: Former president Barack Obama owns a vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts.”
“It’s not clear what happened and DeSantis’ office didn’t respond to questions.”
So, was this the punk job of the year — or did the rabid liberal media get out over their skis?
Was the flight originally destined for Delaware but ended up diverting to Nashville? That seems highly unlikely given there were apparently no illegal aliens aboard. Either way, does it matter? No.
Why? Because, as was the case with the brilliantly orchestrated Martha’s Vineyard drop-off of 50 illegals and the hypocritical left’s histrionic response, this time DeSantis didn’t even have to pull the trigger to once again illustrate the left’s hypocritical concern about a bunch of illegals “coming to a town near (liberal) you.”
The bottom line:
As the media continues to rage about flights of illegal aliens by Governors DeSantis and Abbott to Democrat strongholds as “inhumane,” “illegal human trafficking,” and worse, it’s these two “We’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore” governors who continue to demonstrate real democracy — a far cry from Biden’s silly warning that Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are “the greatest threat to our democracy.” Unless that is, we’re talking about Democrat Party-style “democracy.”