DeSantis says 3 out of 4 looters after disaster are illegal, need to be ‘sent back’ to their country

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in an interview with a local news outlet Tuesday, contrasted the way everyday Americans have been teaming up to help the victims of Hurricane Ian with the way the media has instead been focused solely on playing politics.

“We’ve got people from all over the state, all over the country, that have descended on various parts of Florida … to help folks. Many of them didn’t even have to be asked. They just wanted to come and help,” he said to Florida’s Voice.

A Florida’s Voice interviewer responded by noting that people are “suffering” but the left-wing establishment media’s too busy playing politics to care.

“We’re still recovering here. … People are suffering. And the media is already trying to shift the conversation to politics. They’re trying to politicize everything. … What’s your message to them?” the interviewer said.

That’s when DeSantis unleashed.

Listen:

“Quite frankly, you have national regime media that … wanted to see Tampa [get hit], because they thought that would be worse for Florida. That’s how these people think. They don’t care about the people of this state. They don’t care about the people of this community,” he said.

“They want to use storms and destruction from storms as a way to advance their agenda. And they don’t care what destruction’s in their wake. They don’t care about the lives here. If they can use it to pursue their political agenda, they will do it.”

The media’s response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian appears to prove the governor’s claims true.

First, you got The New York Times running nasty pieces suggesting that Florida Republicans are to blame for Hurricane Ian because they’d refused to implement draconian climate change policies that would have devastated the state’s economy.

Next, you got the media’s disreputable “fact-checkers” running dubious “fact-checks” to try to make DeSantis look like some sort of malevolent liar.

And lastly, you got the media’s disreputable “fact-checkers” running interference for Vice President Kamala Harris, who’d said point-blank over the weekend that hurricane relief resources should be allocated based on race.

Speaking on Fox News’s “Hannity” this Monday, DeSantis responded to the VP’s remarks.

“I think she [Kamala Harris] is trying to play identity politics with a storm and a natural disaster. I think it’s ridiculous. And honestly, we had the FEMA administrator in Florida with us, and she threw cold water on that, so that is not going to happen. It’s totally not appropriate. You don’t have to politicalize every single tragedy in this country. And I think people, I tell you, in Florida are really sick of the nonsense,” he said.

“They just want people to be helped, they want everyone to band together, they want us to get these communities back on our feet. So that’s what we’re doing in Florida. And … also, the impacts spanned all demographics, all income levels. Sanibel has some very wealthy people. They also have blue-collar people. You have other communities, different race, different ethnicities. Who cares? We just want to make sure people have a chance to get back on their feet and get moving forward again.”

Dovetailing back to the media, they’ve also been dishonestly claiming that his decision to fly 50 illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyard a couple of weeks ago had depleted vital resources that could have gone toward helping Hurricane Ian victims.

Regarding illegal aliens, DeSantis noted during a press conference Tuesday that three of the four looters who were arrested in Lee County over the weekend were in the country illegally.

Listen:

“We’ve had four looters that were arrested a couple days ago. They need to be brought to justice, and we’re not going to tolerate it. But you know, three of the four are illegal aliens. So these are people that are foreigners, they’re illegally in our country, and not only that, they try to loot and ransack in the aftermath of a national disaster,” he said.

“They should be prosecuted, but they need to be sent back to their home country. They should not be here at all,” he added.

It’s presumably only a matter of time before the media start attacking the governor over these blunt remarks as well.

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