What trip? The Ron DeSantis Round Up email to supporters omits Martha’s Vineyard
Refugees in Martha's Vineyard after Gov. Ron DeSantis flew two planes of immigrants to Martha's Vineyard. Image via AP.

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Saturday email to supporters has no victory lap for Governor's splash in national media.

In enumerating Gov. Ron DeSantis’ weekly accomplishments to supporters Saturday morning, the way the Governor has dominated the news cycle did not make the cut.

The state-paid transport of 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard has gotten wall-to-wall notice, but not in “The Ron DeSantis Round Up,” That’s an email that went out Saturday ticking off the Governor’s week that included his 44th birthday on Wednesday. Wednesday was also when he set off a media firestorm with scenes of Venezuelans making their way through a coastal New England village in the off-season.

But that aspect of DeSantis’ very big week did not make the email distribution from Team DeSantis. Instead, in the round up, First Lady Casey DeSantis gets the “above the fold” treatment. That was for bashing the videotaped comments of Karla Hernández at a Cape Coral house party. Hernández is the running mate of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist, who is opposing her husband’s re-election. 

Next up on the Round Up comes the Governor’s comments at the National Conservatism Conference in Aventura, the $1,000 bonuses for first responders and then the “Mic Drop of the Week.” In that, DeSantis blasts “lockdown politicians who advocated to keep children locked out of school with no regard for the long-term effects.”

On social media, though, Team DeSantis and some of the Governor’s Office staff have been tweeting away at what some are calling “a political stunt.” DeSantis’ supporters, however, call it drawing attention to the crisis at the U.S. southern border and the hypocrisy of those who live far from it.

“Martha’s Vineyard claims to be a ‘sanctuary’ jurisdiction that welcomes illegal aliens,” wrote Christina Pushaw, former spokeswoman now a campaign staffer. “Most of those multi million dollar mansions are summer homes that are vacant most of the year. They can be used to house thousands of illegal aliens.”

Jeremy Redfern tweeted a picture of President Barack Obama’s home on Martha’s Vineyard.

“7 bedrooms with 8 and a half bathrooms in a 6,982-square-foot-house on nearly 30 acres,” he wrote on Twitter. “Plenty of space.”

This is going exactly how DeSantis intended, his supporters are saying, even though the governor’s opponent for re-election made an ad out of it.

“Lying to migrant children to lure them on a plane to God knows where?” Crist says incredulously, presenting yet another take on that trip.

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected]


27 comments

  • Juanita Mendoza

    September 17, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    When we were loaded up on the plane in Florida, several of us were fondled and had vulgar obscenities hurled at us. On the plane, one of DeSantis men exposed himself as some of the others laughed. Quite possible someone was raped before the plane landed, and one lady was kicked down the stairs and off the plane after we arrived. The experience could only be described as hell…hell on earth. We thought we might be killed.

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    • Hope

      September 17, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      Seek help, Sybil…

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    • Impeach Biden

      September 17, 2022 at 4:54 pm

      Sure Juanita. Your English is very good and I’m wondering how you are accessing the internet? Did my tax money give you that access? This is another alias in the Corsin / Offen / Crist cast of misfits.

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      • Juanita Mendoza

        September 17, 2022 at 4:57 pm

        Shame on you impeach. You are the reason why more women don’t come forward. Brave women like Christine Blasey Ford..

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        • Impeach Biden

          September 17, 2022 at 5:06 pm

          Christine Blakey Ford is an extortionist. Give me a break. She got paid to sit in front of that committee and lie her ass off.

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      • Terry

        September 17, 2022 at 5:16 pm

        He’s also a pastor that calls people assholes. I think he needs to repent and ask forgiveness for his sins.

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        • Impeach Biden

          September 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm

          Ha! Ha! Pastor probably hitting the bong pretty hard today.

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          • Charlie Crist

            September 17, 2022 at 5:54 pm

            I believe Juanita. Vote for me. I’ll clean up GOP perverts, human rights violators, and crooks here in Florida. Together we will annihilate mini Hitler and his terrorist supporters.

          • Joe

            September 19, 2022 at 2:10 pm

            What’s your excuse? Chemical or just stupid?

      • Donald Drumpf (my real name).

        September 17, 2022 at 11:41 pm

        Did you watch the interviews with the legal migrants? They spoke English better than you…lol.

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        • own the trumpers

          September 19, 2022 at 2:03 pm

          Hey Durmpf, You do realize that those were translators. Oh, I forgot you’re a trump chump deathsantis supporter which explains every lie and stupid that you said.

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      • Tjb

        September 18, 2022 at 10:25 am

        Impeach,
        Just because you don’t speak a second language does not mean an educated undocumented migrant escaping a communists country is unable to be fluent in a second language.
        Also, regarding your statement about your tax money, a fact from a conservative think tank:
        FACT: Immigrants in the United States have about a net zero effect on government budgets — they pay about as much in taxes as they consume in benefits

        In general they pay their taxes, but do pay your fair share of taxes as required by law?

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  • Avy115

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  • marylou

    September 17, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I’m sure Maduro has already sent Desantis a nice Thank You card. Maybe some flowers. Too bad Ron didn’t think about that before his stunt.

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  • Phil Morton

    September 18, 2022 at 5:08 am

    “Gov. Ron DeSantis’ weekly accomplishments”. He’s definitely eating well.

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  • I am what I am

    September 18, 2022 at 9:37 am

    Yea I think spreading out all illegals oh human beings is essential .
    They are all running to other countries all the time creating that same environment .but America gives free everything to migrants and nothing to homeless and elderly in America they not human.
    You don’t need sponsor anymore because it is all free free Free.

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  • I am what I am

    September 18, 2022 at 9:47 am

    640 million a week free money to migrants why not build in Martha vineyard dead beat your way to the dream homes

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  • marylou

    September 18, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Desantis’s Martha’s Vineyard connection to the Russian Government: “Archived versions of VSC’s website, which was deleted sometime after the last capture on August 2nd, show that the company claimed that it was “the only civil company currently operating Russian helicopters in the United States.”

    An aviation company awarded a $615,000 contract by the Florida Department of Transportation for the relocation of migrants purchased aircraft parts in 2018 from a Russian government entity recently sanctioned by the U.S. for its material support to the Russian military. Other bills of lading, however, show that VSC has imported helicopters directly from Russian government-owned corporations.” —-Forensic News

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    • marylou

      September 18, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      The aviation company Ron DeSantis hired to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard buys equipment from Russia, donates to Florida Republicans and received a PPP loan $255,585 while Trump was still in office.

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      • marylou

        September 19, 2022 at 11:09 am

        Desantis connection to Russia: “VSC, which Desantis gave Florida taxpayer dollars to fly asylum seekers from TEXAS to Martha’s Vineyard in a campaign stunt, was registered in 1996 in Oregon, but corporate documents show that it BECAME A FLORIDA CORPORATION IN LATE 2021.Owner Montgomerie and/or VSC have donated thousands to Matt Gaetz and the Republican Party of Florida.

        Bills of lading show that VSC has imported helicopters directly from Russian government-owned corporations. Why would VSC brag on its website that it is “the only civil company currently operating Russian helicopters in the United States” ? Why would that appeal to Desantis? Why is Desantis contracting with a business that has imported helicopters directly from Russian government-owned corporations.”

        The Florida Department of Transportation did not immediately return an email seeking comment on VSC.” —Forensic News

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    • Hope

      September 18, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      Wow! You left out the Biden’s taking money from Russia, China, and the Ukraine (Treason)…. your omissions, sweeping the Biden corruption under the rug, Biden’s failures in National Security, the economy, and the Border are ignored. The next scandal with the Biden’s will be his interference with the FBI and that one’s going to be the first hammer of Justice to fall on the Biden’s with a succession of others to follow.

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      • Charlie Crist

        September 19, 2022 at 6:13 am

        👆Far right propaganda, chicanery, and lies. Zero credibility on this website…

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      • Mr. Haney

        September 19, 2022 at 6:36 am

        Take your meds and get back in your cell.

        Reply

      • Joe

        September 19, 2022 at 2:08 pm

        It was left out because they do not exist except in the fevered imagination of Trump chumps and Desantis supporters. Try to do some research next time before you start lying like trump and Desantis.

        Reply

  • GD

    September 18, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    DeSantis paid $10k for each legal immigrant for that flight tells me there is some serious graft going on.
    That they lied to them and even put down addresses for them they were not supposed to as that would cause them to miss an appointment they didn’t even know they had 1,000s of miles away by HLS? causing them to be deported which is in big trouble falsifying Fed documents.
    And you all, DeSantis, Chump call yourselves Christians!

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  • Tjb

    September 20, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Why is DeSantis only doing one debate with Charlie? DeSantis in his November fundraising ad spoke about the “big pair that he had”. Looks like he lost them and he is now afraid to debate . Is he afraid that the voters will see him as a fraud who really doesn’t care about Floridians as he continue his journey as a Presidential candidate.

    Reply

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