Mere days before the midterm elections, Geraldo Rivera unleashed a bold prediction concerning Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Fox News host tweeted that the incumbent was about to “feel the wrath” of Florida’s Latino voters.
Rivera based his faith in this electoral backlash on his belief that there was seething anger over the governor’s flying illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Last Wednesday’s tweet accused DeSantis of “toying” with and “exploiting” the Venezuelan “refugees.” Needless to say, that prediction did not age well.
Before DeSantis transported the migrants to the Democratic stronghold, Republican governors Gregg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey also moved migrants to Democratic-controlled cities.
All three cited President Joe Biden’s lax border enforcement as the reason for their actions.
If anyone felt the “wrath” of Florida voters, it was not Ron DeSantis. Perhaps a better candidate for Rivera to target would be Democrat Charlie Crist, who lost by a landslide.
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— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 9, 2022
DeSantis’ office explained his move in simple and direct terms. The planes to Martha’s Vineyard “were part of the state’s relocation program to transport illegal migrants to sanctuary destinations.”
Democrats and their media allies predictably exploded, but Florida was undeterred. The governor’s communications director, Taryn Fenske, patiently explained that states such as Massachusetts and others are better prepared to take care of these individuals.
These state governments, she said, invited the migrants into the country “by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as ‘sanctuary states.”
Fenske added that the Democratic state governments threw their support behind Biden’s “open border policies.”
DeSantis noted last month that while the Sunshine State has not seen large groups of migrants flowing in, “between a third and 40%” of those illegally crossing the southern border cite Florida as their destination.
Rivera’s prediction of the Florida Republican facing the wrath of Latino voters fell flat as a wave of support swept the governor into another term of office. The state’s residents clearly appreciate the level of freedom that has thrived under their popular leader and wanted him around for another term.