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House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi cause a firestorm on Twitter after she said that Florida needs illegal immigrants to “pick the crops.”
The Speaker made the comment on Friday during a news conference on border security, The New York Post reported.
“Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is comprehensive immigration reform,” the Speaker said after being asked if the border was secure.
“We have a shortage of workers in our country, and you see even in Florida, some of the farmers and the growers saying: ‘Why are you shipping these immigrants up north? We need them to pick the crops down here,’” she said.
Pelosi: "We have a shortage of workers in our country. In Florida, some of the farmers and the growers are saying 'why are you shipping these immigrants up North? We need them to pick the crops down here.'" pic.twitter.com/uCXgz0AXSB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 30, 2022
The comments were an apparent dig at Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who has been sending migrants North, including to Martha’s vineyard.
“Apart from the fact she can’t speak properly, and is nasty, it’s illegal to employ illegal migrants. It’s also disastrous for a country not to make a distinction between legal and illegal migration. At least we have less than six weeks left of this piece of Pelosi,” Miranda Devine said.
Apart from the fact she can't speak properly, and is nasty, it's illegal to employ illegal migrants. It's also disastrous for a country not to make a distinction between legal and illegal migration. At least we have less than six weeks left of this piece of pelosi https://t.co/I1JinS1U3M
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) September 30, 2022
“If a Republican said this, the NYT and WaPo would be crying racism and foaming at the mouth,” another Twitter user said.
If a Republican said this, the NYT and WaPo would be crying racism and foaming at the mouth. https://t.co/ITNBoDb86p
— Joshua Lloyd-Braiden (@Joshlloydbraid) September 30, 2022
“Dems went from ‘We welcome all migrants up north’ to ‘we need the migrants to stay in the south and pick the crops’ Way too quickly,” another said.
Dems went from “We welcome all migrants up north”
to “we need the migrants to stay in the south and pick the crops”
Way too quickly https://t.co/3N1QATrx8y
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) September 30, 2022
“say what you will about the Democrats, they’ve been consistently concerned throughout their history about who we’re gonna get to pick the crops,” another said.
say what you will about the Democrats, they've been consistently concerned throughout their history about who we're gonna get to pick the crops https://t.co/KjlLVqd4zO
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) September 30, 2022
But life is good for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who enjoys immense popularity in his home state and nationally.
And he just learned that he broke a record by fundraising more than any governor in the history of the United States with a whopping $177.4 million, The Daily Wire reported.
Open Secrets reported that a review of state campaign finance records showed DeSantis’ re-election campaign has raised more than $31.4 million since January 2021, while DeSantis’ state-level PAC, Friends of Ron DeSantis, has raised $146 million since January 2019.
DeSantis’ massive political war chest has likely grown since he sent 50 illegal immigrants to the Martha’s Vineyard, a wealthy leftist enclave, last week, sparking left-wing outrage as he drew attention to President Joe Biden’s border crisis.
Open Secrets compiled a list of the top 20 most likely presidential candidates for 2024, including Biden and former President Donald Trump (R), and DeSantis crushed all of them in fundraising since January 2021.
But both he and former President Trump dwarfed President Joe Biden in fundraising, as did several others.
Trump raised an immense $131,052,563. Democrat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker raised $133,252,795 and Biden was not close to them with a mere $11,850,907.
And all of this happened before Gov. DeSantis sent Democrats into a frenzy by shipping 50 undocumented migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
A Latina Democrat who is the former Majority Leader of the California State Senate went off on “smug liberals” as she defended Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“More than two million undocumented immigrants will be arrested trying to cross into the U.S. in 2022. And Democrats don’t bat an eye,” Gloria Romero said in a piece for The Daily Mail.
“But fly 50 migrants to one of the wealthiest places in America, spotted with multi-million dollar mansions, surrounded by the mega-yachts of the rich and famous and Democrats lose their minds? What a joke!” she said.
She was referring to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and DeSantis conspiring to send 50 undocumented migrants to the liberal, wealthy Martha’s Vineyard last week.
“I am a Democrat and the former Majority Leader of the California State Senate. The first woman to ever hold that position. I am also a proud Latina.
“I am telling you that if the Democratic party thinks that Latinos are outraged by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sending migrants to Martha’s Vineyard – they are dead wrong!” she said.
She mocked the state of Massachusetts for calling in the National Guard to move the migrants as there are tent camps along the border with Mexico and red states continue to deal with the issue.
She wondered why poor, mostly Latino communities are expected to bear the burden of, what she called an, open border but a place like Martha’s Vineyard cannot.
“This Democratic stronghold — where the Obamas now reside — couldn’t stomach having 50 brown migrants in their midst without declaring an emergency and shipping them out of town within 24 hours,” the former California State Senator said.
“Liberals want open borders – just not in their immaculate backyards.