Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday challenged his Florida counterpart Ron DeSantis to a televised debate, escalating his criticism of the mass transportation of migrants from Republican governors to liberal bastions as “reprehensible” and potentially illegal.
“Hi [DeSantis]obviously you are struggling, distracted and busy playing politics with people’s lives,” Newsom tweeted Friday afternoon. “Since you only have one overriding need – attention – let’s take this up and discuss it. I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time for Election Day.”
Wednesday night, DeSantis sent a group of about 50 migrants by plane to Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts playground for wealthy liberals. On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott busted a group of nearly 100 migrants to Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, D.C., enacting a tactic that GOP governors have gone to in recent months to warn. protest against illegal immigration.
“Like millions of Americans, I am shocked by the images of migrants being transported across the country on buses and planes to be used as political props,” Newsom said in a letter to US Atty on Thursday. Gene. Merrick Garland, urges the Justice Department to investigate DeSantis’ actions.
Some migrants said they had been falsely told they would be transported to Boston, where they could get work permits, Newsom said.
When asked about the letter at an event Friday, DeSantis replied with a joke about Newsom’s hair.
“I think his hair gel interferes with his brain function,” he said.
Newsom took the opportunity to present his challenge to DeSantis by sharing an August tweet in which former TBEN News host Dan Liever put forward the idea of a potential primetime debate between the two governors, both of whom thought they were presidential ambitions.
“I bet the ratings would be huge. Who would have the courage to show up?” said Earlier, who published an article Friday calling DeSantis and Abbott’s migrant shipments “an outrageous stunt.”
DeSantis had not yet commented publicly on Friday night.
For months, Newsom has made a habit of comparing California’s policies to those of Texas and Florida.
This summer, his re-election campaign ran a Florida television ad denouncing that state’s restrictive abortion policies and a law banning sexual orientation and gender identity instruction in kindergarten through third grade.
“I urge all of you in Florida to join us in the fight, or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom – freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hatred, and the freedom to love,” Newsom said in the ad. .
Newsom has repeatedly denied he is considering a presidential run, but many political viewers are skeptical, especially as he sets his sights on DeSantis, a potential GOP candidate for 2024.