On Wednesday, Democratic officials and media members waited at the airport in Georgetown, Delaware, in anticipation of a plane full of migrants from Florida as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ relocation program, but the plane never came.
According to an anonymous source close to the governor, DeSantis deliberately stayed silent on the matter after speculation mounted online that he would be sending his next shipment of migrants to Biden’s home state.
“He didn’t tell anyone and purposely left people in the dark,” the source said. “So technically the media, the Democrats, everyone got punked who decided to heed some s*** on Twitter instead of waiting for confirmation from the governor’s office.”
The source appears to be referring to a tweet that circulated online in the past few days, showing the flight schedule for the plane that had been used previously to send migrants from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
One of the planes used in DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard stunt is currently scheduled to travel tomorrow from San Antonio, to Florida, to a small airport near Biden’s house in Delaware pic.twitter.com/4yejy32wmi
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) September 20, 2022
When asked by the media on Tuesday if the plane would take off, DeSantis refused to confirm or deny it. This was all part of his plan to keep the speculation alive, according to the source.
“The entire point of this is to put a spotlight on the border,” added the source. “It’s what the governor has said.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre criticized DeSantis last week for this strategy, accusing him of using the migrants to engage in “political theater.”
“Our heads-up did not come from Gov. DeSantis, because his only goal is, as he’s made it really clear, is to create chaos and use immigrants fleeing communism as political pawns,” she said. “So it’s about creating political theater for him.”
She also said that the White House would aid Delaware if migrants were dropped off there on Wednesday.
Alas, the plane never arrived, landing instead just outside New York City, where Biden is attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting. No migrants were on board the plane.
During a press conference on Tuesday, President Joe Biden was asked his opinion on the prospect of DeSantis sending migrants to Delaware.
“He should come visit,” Biden said. “We have a beautiful shoreline.”
When pressed earlier this month about the possibility of relocating migrants to Delaware, DeSantis clarified that only illegal immigrants would be part of his relocation program, not refugees.