Jared Kushner focused on Ron DeSantis as he discussed the flight of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
The use of migrants “as political pawns” is “deeply disturbing,” he told UKTN News on Tuesday.
He went on to blame Biden for problems at the border and praise Trump’s past policies.
Jared Kushner on Tuesday criticized Ron DeSantis’ actions to bring migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, saying on UKTN News that it is “deeply disturbing” that people are “used as political pawns.”
The former senior White House adviser was asked to comment on talk show “Outnumbered” after showing clips of DeSantis discussing the Sept. 15 stunt.
“We have to remember that these are people,” Kushner said.
“They’re people. So I find it very disturbing to see them being used as political pawns in some way,” he said, before quickly turning to criticize President Joe Biden’s handling of the border and the immigration of praise former President Donald Trump. policy.
More attention should be paid to “coyotes,” he said, using slang for a person who smuggles migrants across borders for “a lot of money.”
“Many of them are exploited in all kinds of ways, put into human trafficking and modern slavery,” Kushner said of the migrants.
But he blamed the Biden administration for what he called the “humanitarian catastrophe” of increased border crossings after it reversed the former Trump’s immigration policies.
On Sept. 15, Ron DeSantis flew 48 migrants from Texas to Massachusetts’ posh Martha’s Vineyard in a stunt designed to bring border and migration issues to a liberal enclave. The locals quickly organized to accommodate them temporarily, before being voluntarily moved to a military base.
The migrant group later filed a federal lawsuit against DeSantis, saying they had been misled with promises of housing and jobs, calling it a “premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme.”
A lawyer for the group, Jacob Love, told Insider’s Natalie Musumeci that they were “traumatized” when they found themselves in the middle of a political firestorm.
But political strategists say the move has played well with conservatives, garnered the attention of Trump’s multiple legal battles and gave the GOP a problem to rally around, Insider reported.
DeSantis, who is considered a likely 2024 presidential candidate, mocked the liberal outcry over the clip played on “Outnumbered” on Tuesday.
“You have 50 deaths in Texas in a trailer because they were neglected,” DeSantis said in the clip, referring to an incident in June.
“Was there a freakout about that? No, there wasn’t,” he claimed, though many politicians, including Biden, expressed outrage and vowed to prevent something like this from happening again.
“Not until 50 are put in Martha’s Vineyard,” that outrage will follow, DeSantis said in the clip, with which host Emily Compagno agreed.
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