Donald Trump supporters attack Ron DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard program
Ron DeSantis agrees to release all the details of his migrant flight stunt.

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Mike Flynn called the move a 'hurtful' stunt. Anthony Sabatini called it a 'destructive' decision.

Some prominent Donald Trump supporters are taking aim at Gov. Ron DeSantis’ controversial migrant flights program.

Mike Flynn, a former National Security Advisor to Trump, slammed both DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for shipping migrants to Democratic jurisdictions. He specifically alluded to DeSantis contracting a flight to the Texas border to fly immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last year.

His comments were captured in video by Patriot AU, a pro-Trump outfit, and later shared by anti-Trump influencer Ron Filipkowski.

“Remember when Abbott, and then DeSantis followed suit, they flew them to Martha’s Vineyard and they flew them to Washington, D.C.,” Flynn said. “I sat there and I watched it, and I said, ‘This is a joke, this is a joke.’ This is a publicity stunt. Frankly, further to me, it further hurt our country. Where are those people at?”

Congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini, a Howey-in-the-Hills Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster in a GOP Primary, also hit on the migrant flights, but without offering names.

“Republican governors busing and flying thousands of illegal aliens deeper into the United States will go down as one of the most destructive political decisions in American history,” he tweeted.

Flynn and Sabatini have notably worked together to grow influence of the America First movement within the Florida Republican Party. They both are also vocal supporters of Trump in the 2024 Presidential Primary, which DeSantis is expected to enter in coming weeks.

This isn’t the first time the policy has drawn criticism from the Right. Immediately after the migrant flights, Kari Lake, another Trump ally who was running for Arizona Governor at the time, also questioned the move.

“I mean, we’re just taking people here illegally who shouldn’t be here, moving them further inland,” she told Fox News in September.

Still, any concerns raised were not shared by GOP supermajorities in the Legislature. Members earlier this year passed a statute clarifying DeSantis’ ability to move migrants who never step foot in Florida and funded such efforts further.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • SteveHC

    May 15, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    “Still, any concerns raised were not shared by GOP supermajorities in the Legislature.” – Yes, DeSantis and the DeSantis-controlled Florida “GOP” State Legislature continue to move further and further away from the political preferences of the majority of Floridian and American citizens, both Republican and otherwise. Thus Florida continues its march towards the weirdest political extremes in the country and further away from sending one of “its own” to the White House. Not exactly something to be proud of no matter how you look at it.

  • Joe

    May 15, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    To be fair, Mike Flynn is a traitor and QAnon dupe.

  • Impeach Biden

    May 16, 2023 at 6:03 am

    Send them all to the Border Czar’s house. What an incompetent fool she is. She is a perfect fit for the bumbling teleprompter reader.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 16, 2023 at 8:19 am

      Yo’ dude if you have such strong feels objecting to tele-prompters, perhaps you might want to turn off the tele-vision.

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