Race-obsessed Elie Mystal exposes ignorance of law in accusing DeSantis of ‘kidnapping by trick’

Columnist Elie Mystal has made a career out of saying insane things to a nodding Tiffany Cross on MSNBC’s “The Cross Connection,” but when he mustered his legal prowess to declare Governor Ron DeSantis a kidnapper, he exposed himself as someone with an opinion no one should listen to — unless they are in need of a good laugh.

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Without a hint of humility or self-awareness, Mystal gave to Cross his deep reading of federal law and how it applies to DeSantis and his relocation of illegal Venezuelan migrants to the super-white, super-rich island community of Martha’s Vineyard.

“What I believe is happening here is kidnapping,” Mystal stated. “It’s not quite true to Hoyle, human trafficking, just because the way our laws are written are kind of specific in terms of trafficking for the purposes of sex or labor.”

“Trafficking, for the purposes of having a laugh at liberals, is not a human trafficking violation as I read the law,” he said.

The problem, Mystal explained, is with Fascists who want people to suffer.

Republicans are forcing the nation to deal with immigrants on a state-by-state basis, he said, and “fascist Republicans are trying to ship migrants around the country to make them suffer and try to expose for a MAGA lark to troll the libs.”

“However, kidnapping is a thing,” Mystal argued. “Kidnapping by trick is a thing.”

Like the creepy guy with the van your parents always warned you against, DeSantis, Mystal asserts, is kidnapping people off the street, and if you pretend the illegals who are storming our nation’s border are white, it’s a fact that becomes perfectly obvious.

“Telling people that you are going to take them one place and sending them someplace else is a form of kidnapping,” he said. “And I can prove that to you if I do the Matthew McConaughey thing, ‘Now imagine they were White.’”

As Cross’s head bobbed up and down repeatedly, Mystal made his ludicrous point.

“Imagine Ron DeSantis goes up to a group of white teenagers, offers them some candy, and says, ‘Hey, I’m going to take you to Disney World if you get in my van,'” he said. “And then Ron DeSantis drives them to Busch Gardens.”

“That’s kidnapping,” he said. “You’re not allowed to do that.”

“So the people who did that, the organizers who did that, and perhaps even the governor, they should be charged with kidnapping,” he concluded with confidence.

If the migrants are being kidnapped, someone needs to tell them, before they thank him for doing it again.


The fact is, as nutty as it sounds to accuse DeSantis of kidnapping people when the Biden administration has been flying immigrants to parts unknown in the middle of the night for months, Mystal isn’t the only one making the claim.

The Secretary of Transportation’s husband is sure that’s exactly what DeSantis did.

“If it were me, and I was trying to push back against being labeled ‘extreme,’ I wouldn’t use taxpayer money to kidnap innocent children from a state I am not the governor of and fly them and their parents to an island in another state in which I am also not the governor,” Chasten Buttigieg tweeted.

DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw was quick to shut Buttigieg down.

“‘Kidnap innocent children’ AND ‘fly them and their parents?” she replied. “Clearly you don’t know what kidnapping is.”

“Recognize your white male privilege,” she continued. “Stop speaking for migrants. Listen. They were happy to be in Martha’s Vineyard. Too bad the libs deported them.”


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