Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) during a press conference on Friday after Newsom urged the U.S. Department of Justice to open a criminal investigation into Florida and Texas sending illegal immigrants to Democrat-controlled areas across the country.
Newsom went as far as to absurdly suggest that DeSantis sending the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a rich and progressive island off the coast of Massachusetts, potentially constituted “kidnapping.”
“I strongly urge the U.S. Department of Justice (US DOJ) to open an investigation into possible criminal or civil violations of federal law based on this alleged fraudulent scheme,” Newsom wrote in a letter, which sounded more like a press statement, to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. “In particular, I urge US DOJ to investigate whether the alleged fraudulent inducement would support charges of kidnapping under relevant state laws, which could serve as a predicate offense for charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) provisions of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.”
Newsom claimed without evidence that the migrants were sent with “the intent” to be “humiliate[d] and dehumanize[d].”
DeSantis responded to the remarks during a press event Friday afternoon, saying that the over-the-top amount of hair gel that Newsom uses was “interfering with his brain function.”
“So, the governor of California sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying, ‘You need to prosecute Texas and Florida governors,’” DeSantis said.
“And all I can say is, I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function,” DeSantis said as the audience and officials on stage with him erupted into laughter and cheers.
🔥 @RonDeSantisFL message to Gavin Newsom:
“All I can say is I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function.” pic.twitter.com/CN3vIbUa3l
— Delanie 🐊 (@DelanieBomar) September 16, 2022
DeSantis’ office confirmed in a statement Wednesday that the state of Florida transported the illegal immigrants from the state “consistent with federal law.”
“Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived in Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations,” the statement said. “States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country’ by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states’ and support for the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”