Wednesday, September 21, 2022

No Surprise Here

From the Daily Beast:

The small Delaware town of Rehoboth Beach, where President Joe Biden has a vacation home, scrambled Tuesday to prepare for the expected arrival of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ next round of expensive migrant flights—but the day only ended with more confusion in the Diamond State.

Instead, confusion swirled as the chartered plane that was scheduled to leave Texas on Tuesday morning, filled with migrants, departed hours late and bound for a different city—Nashville, Tennessee—with no passengers on board.

Delaware officials had sprung into action on Monday night after word got out that the same plane DeSantis used to fly migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week was listed on a public schedule to fly to Delaware, via Florida, on Tuesday morning. There was also a $950,000 payment made by Florida to Vertol Systems Company Inc, the same charter company that flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

Once word spread, however, DeSantis lost the element of surprise that marked his Martha’s Vineyard stunt. This time, city, state and federal officials immediately began preparing for a possible arrival.

“We are aware of the situation and are working with state and local partners to compassionately address this situation and take care of the migrants who may arrive,” a spokesperson for Rehoboth Beach, a city of 1,108 people, said in a statement to The Daily Beast on Tuesday morning.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) told CNN on Tuesday that he spent much of Monday night on the phone, coordinating with community leaders “to make sure that we provide an appropriate, welcoming and supportive reception in Delaware.”

The White House also indicated that federal agencies had reached out to coordinate with Delaware Gov. John Carney and service providers in a bid to prevent a repeat of the Martha’s Vineyard episode.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday that while the administration did have advance notice of the plane’s supposed arrival, it did not come from the man who apparently coordinated it.

“Our heads up did not come from Governor DeSantis because his only goal, as he’s made it really quite clear, is to create chaos,” Jean-Pierre said. “It’s about creating political theater for him. It’s not about getting to a solution.”

Public flight plans initially showed that the plane used to whisk migrants to Massachusetts was set to embark on a similar flight path Tuesday, departing from Texas, with a stopover in the Florida Panhandle before arriving in Georgetown—the closest airport to Rehoboth Beach, 19 miles away—at 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The flight was then delayed for unknown reasons before its route changed entirely. It departed for Nashville around 2:30 p.m. ET, where it reportedly landed without a single migrant on board 90 minutes later.

The plan to dump migrants had all the skills and conniving of a Saturday morning cartoon episode of Scooby-Doo, and I can hear the mutterings from Tallahassee: “And it would have worked, too, were it not for those meddling kids!”

Aside from the comic aspects of the plot being foiled, it really does show that people like DeSantis don’t give a rat’s ass about the people they’re using as pawns in this attempt to humiliate the administration about immigration.  Instead of working to find a solution to a problem that has been something every administration, both Democratic and Republican, has wrestled with since time out of mind, they pull off this frat-boy-level game of ring and run, using immigrants as the flaming bag of dog shit.

This is no surprise at all coming from the likes of Gov. DeSantis, who would much rather get his name in the papers and on Sean Hannity than actually try to work with Congress.  That doesn’t get you votes in the New Hampshire primary.

By the way, the group of immigrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week filed a class-action lawsuit against DeSantis and the state of Florida.  No matter the outcome, there’s more of my Florida tax dollars going to pay to defend the defenseless.


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