U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is teeing off on Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), a potential 2024 presidential candidate, claiming he migrants to Martha’s Vineyard to rile up his base and “get more hits on Fox News.”
“Using migrants at the very moment they are most desperate, most vulnerable, with the sole purpose of stoking the flames of xenophobia and white nationalism to score political points, reflects a callousness and cruelty matched only during the darkest times in our history,” Menendez said in a statement.
“These are people – human beings yearning to breathe free – fleeing repression and hopelessness. But instead of welcoming these refugees and providing even the most basic care, Governor DeSantis decided to spend millions of taxpayer dollars in transportation costs, just to rile up his right-wing supporters and get more hits on Fox News. Why? Because the brand of ‘cruelty’ is the #1 seller in today’s GOP.”
He continued that President Joe Biden (D) should take this moment to welcome refugees from other countries, noting that the U.S. recently did this for Ukrainians.
DeSantis said yesterday that red states should not shoulder the burden of housing migrants who crossed the southern border illegally.
“It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a very wealthy, rich sanctuary enclave that he [Biden] decides to scramble on this … I think what we’re continuing to do is use every tool at our disposal to insulate the State of Florida from the negative ramifications of his reckless border policies.”
According to Menendez, that is the wrong way to look at this situation.
“Leviticus 19:33 tells us: ‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.’ History will judge the demagogues of our time, as well as our inaction in this moment,” New Jersey’s senior senator concluded.