Ron DeSantis suggests migrant caravans headed to U.S. border are fronts for drug cartels


Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis has been effectively co-branded with the Donald Trump White House from the beginning.

Even if he hadn’t run a campaign ad where he pretended to teach one of his children how to build a border wall, chances are he still would have been asked his thoughts on the migrant caravan currently moving northward to the U.S./Mexico border.

Especially since the President has been very blunt about his take: that these caravans existentially threaten law and order in the domestic sphere.

In Jacksonville Tuesday, DeSantis offered his take on a law-and-order issue far from Florida’s border, lining up with the president.

“The caravans can’t be allowed to overrun our border,” DeSantis said. “We’re a sovereign country. When you see that developing, obviously it is orchestrated.”

DeSantis, when asked who orchestrated the migration, said he didn’t know.

“I don’t think it happens on its own, that you get thousands of people walking in a line all by itself,” DeSantis said. “If you have a movement, coming across the border like that, the cartels will do their best to capitalize on it.”

DeSantis called these “massive incursions” a “wet kiss to the drug cartels,” echoing points he made Sunday in a debate with Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum.

“We know China’s manufacturing all of this fentanyl, they’re sending it to Central America, it pours across the border,” DeSantis added.

While the U.S. has “interdicted” a lot of it, DeSantis noted his concern over entry of “that product” and people “who don’t have our country’s best interests at heart.”

“That does point to a difference between Gillum and me,” DeSantis said, noting that Gillum wants to “eliminate ICE” and had trouble answering a debate question about whether he would honor a detainer request from the Trump administration over an illegal immigrant.

DeSantis has messaged heavily on the claim that Gillum wants to abolish ICE, and PolitiFact noted that his assertion was “half true,” with context left out, such as Gillum’s belief that ICE should be replaced with a function inside the Department of Justice.

DeSantis will further yoke to the President’s message and messengers. Thursday will see Vice President Mike Pence in Jacksonville rallying for him.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ray Tampa

    October 23, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Deranged DeSantis said the caravan of people in central America is “like a wet kiss for the drug cartel.” He used an interesting choice of words, especially since he made a similar “wet kiss” statement during his debate with our future Governor Gillum.

    In my opinion, DeSantis knows more about wet kisses than any other man alive. His constant slobbering on Trump’s azz is evidence enough.

    He should be ashamed of himself. A grown man kissing another man’s azz so publicly.

  • sandy oestreich

    October 25, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    De Santis is SUCH an idiot with useless ambitions he swallows like vitamin pills. Not all trumpsters are enjoying being looped in with GOP idiots.

  • sandy oestreich

    October 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    De Santis is SUCH an idiot with useless ambitions he swallows like vitamin pills. Not all trumpsters are enjoying being looped in with GOP idiots.
    (I have Never said this before, FL Pol!)

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