Republicans are finally winning the optics war
Recently, Florida governor Ron DeSantis decided to send two planes full of illegal aliens to the beautiful, beautiful-people-filled island of Martha’s Vineyard. Not to be outdone, Texas governor Greg Abbott sent two buses of illegal aliens to Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington, DC.
Shockingly the limousine liberals in these progressive enclaves were not as thrilled with their new arrivals as their past virtue signaling and “hate has no home here” lawn signs might have led you to believe.
Several blue checks including Elie Mystal accused the Republicans of engaging in human trafficking. Strangely none of these compassionate people took issue with the New York Post’s report in October 2021 that Biden was flying “planeloads of underage migrants” into suburban New York in an effort to “quietly resettle them across the region.”
Other insane takes? CNN’s John Berman thought that DeSantis’s decision to send illegals to Martha’s Vineyard “addresses some of the same themes” found in his guest Ken Burns’s new documentary, The US and The Holocaust. For something that the left is hell bent on dismissing as a “stunt,” it certainly is ruffling some feathers.
This is a big pivot for the Biden White House. Remember when Jen Psaki spent months refusing to describe the border situation as a “crisis”? How about just a few days ago when border czar Kamala Harris told Chuck Todd the border was “secure”?
Now, suddenly, there is no shortage of outrage over fifty migrants landing in Martha’s Vineyard.
The Republicans are winning the optics war but not because they're doing something so clever and rather because Democrats go crazy and make Republicans look good by comparison in the process. Some are calling it "human trafficking."
Isn't that very demeaning to those people that are actually human trafficked? Here is the definition of human trafficking.
"Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act."
Just because you call something by a name doesn't mean people will agree with you and in fact you go get outlandish enough people will think you're ridiculous and that's what's happening here.
DeSantis used those people in a way in order to get a point across. For sure. But those people very obviously were not damaged in any way. In fact, since they're now "celebrity migrants," if anything the state of Massachusetts will treat them better because they don't want to be seen as treating the "celebrity migrants" poorly.
The only thing damaged in this whole event is the reputation of wealthy, powerful people, which BTW is exactly why the backlash is so strong in the MSM against DeSantis. We have class warfare in this country and most of the MSM is plainly on one side of the war. DeSantis made powerful people look ridiculous, selfish and corrupt (or rather goaded the powerful people into making themselves look that way) and that is the biggest sin you can commit in the eyes of those in power. Migrants have nothing to do with it. Various migrants have all manner of extreme difficulty and those in power don't care in the slightest. They only want to appear to care.
But they're too dumb to even pretend to care long enough until the cameras go away. The median home value on Martha's Vineyard is $1.3 million and 60% of the homes are vacation homes rather than primary residences. They have more than enough resources there to take care of 500 migrants, much less 50. And yet they went on camera and said, we don't have the resources. If those people don't have the resources then nobody does. And the media backs them up even though they're obviously lying. The next time someone says "Why don't people trust the media?" add this one to the already long list of reasons.
There's a saying that goes, the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. How do you think this is going to be looked at 100 years from now. Do you think people are going to say DeSantis human trafficked, or do you think they're going a very wealthy enclave that feigns concern for the less fortunate kicked poor people to the curb as quickly as possible? I'm pretty sure it's going to be the latter.