Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom debut the sensational politics of 2024


DeSantis and Newsom, a Republican and a Democrat running for re-election this fall, have been braving the shadows since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, displaying their keen political instincts, hunger for attention and intense drive. the ability to fire up their party’s base better than many of their peers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican who is also defending his seat in November, has often been in trouble as well.

All three governors have tried to steer the national narrative this week with political missteps by opponents, flexing their power in viral maneuvers that would have been unthinkable in the more stable era of pre-Trump campaign politics.

DeSantis and Abbott forced the immigration issue by sending migrants to liberal areas not only because they know there are few issues that fire up the GOP base, but also because they want to face the 2022 and 2024 elections. they know they have an opening, even beyond the base, because the Biden administration has not articulated a clear policy to many voters and has struggled with the nearly 2 million encounters reported by US Customs and Border Protection during the event. it will end on September 30.

For at least a day or two, they shifted the national conversation from the topic Democrats want to talk about ahead of the legislative session: how abortion rights are being rolled back after the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade. That was Newsom’s attention this week with ads in red states, as he seeks to make California a safe harbor for abortion and position himself as a champion of reproductive rights.

The ultimate spectacle, Trump ushered voters into this new era of performative politics with his no-nonsense tactics, proving that firebrand actions would be rewarded at the ballot box by many in the GOP.

Trump’s string of stunts is too long to mention. But a 2016 debate included trying to unnerve Hillary Clinton by appearing with women her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had accused of sexual misconduct. While in office, Trump held the infamous 2020 march from the White House — amid racial injustice protests nearby — to St. John’s Church, where he held up a bible and declared himself a “law and order” president. . These kinds of moves often electrified his base and angered the left, giving birth to the current politics of anger.

Newsom, DeSantis and Abbott are testing what the next phase of that playbook looks like. This week, DeSantis criticized the moves of Abbott and other governors in the administration such as Arizona’s Doug Ducey, who have sent large numbers of migrants across the border to liberal cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, to denounce the glaring shortcomings of the Biden administration. immigration policy DeSantis took those tactics to the next level by arranging to send two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, the uber-liberal wealthy enclave in Massachusetts that has been the vacation playground of Democratic presidents.

The uproar erupted when critics accused DeSantis of upending the lives of vulnerable migrants from Venezuela to achieve his own political goals. Although islanders offered support after the flights arrived on Wednesday evening, they called it a cruel joke to fly the poor to a small island where off-season jobs are scarce, housing is not affordable and shelter capacity is minimal. .

A similarly chaotic scene unfolded in Washington, DC, on Thursday, where Abbott led two busloads of migrants to drop them off at the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been tasked with part of the administration’s immigration portfolio.
They remained on the sidewalk, some carrying trash bags, until volunteers came in to help. Abbott tweeted that Harris is “in denial of the crisis” and said this is “sending migrants into his backyard to ask the Biden administration to do its job and secure the border.” Domingo Garcia, national president of the League of United Citizens of Latin America, responded that they were “literally thrown out like human garbage” on the street.

DeSantis has defended his role in the Martha’s Vineyard transports, arguing that liberal towns and cities seeking to offer sanctuary are better prepared to deal with the influx of migrants to the US. Florida, he said earlier this week, “is not a sanctuary state.” He added, “it’s better to be able to go to a sanctuary jurisdiction, and yes, we’ll help you facilitate that transportation so you can go to greener pastures” — language that lent credibility to the idea that migrants were having. they are treated like livestock while being transported across the country.

Newsom wants to raise his profile by calling GOP governors

Newsom has been among the loudest critics this week of trolling red-state governors like DeSantis and Abbott for what he describes as an assault on human rights that has burned his power star in Democratic circles.

He tweeted a letter to the Justice Department, asking officials to investigate the carriers and “these cruel efforts to use children as political pawns,” referring to several Venezuelan families with children on Vineyard flights. He noted that several migrants complained that “a recruiter induced them to accept a travel offer based on false representations that they would be taken to Boston and receive an expedited work permit.” Newsom suggested that the scheme could be a crime, possibly even protecting “kidnapping charges under applicable state law.”

CNN’s Maria Santana reports that three migrants who were sent to Martha’s Vineyard were told by a woman named “Perla” that they would receive help with shelter and jobs when they arrived.

At Friday’s press conference, DeSantis responded to Newsom’s assertions in the letter with an insult: “I believe his hair gel interferes with brain function.” He also said Florida wants to use “every penny” of the $12 million budgeted to relocate migrants, and said this week’s moves are “just the beginning.”

The California governor tweeted his response, in part: “Hey @GovRonDeSantis, you’re clearly struggling, distracted, and politicking people’s lives. Since you have only one main need — attention — let’s take this and the debate.” tweeted Newsom. “I’ll bring my hair salon. You bring your hairspray. Sign up the hour before election day.”

Gavin Newsom holds up billboards in red states advertising California abortion services

Newsom’s letter to the Justice Department was the latest extension of his efforts to establish a progressive agenda, using DeSantis and Abbott as opponents while Biden, unlike most of his first term, shows he is eager to engage in his own hard-fought political battle. rivals

Earlier this summer, on July 4, Newsom began airing Fox News ads targeting DeSantis, telling Floridians that liberty is “under attack in your state” because of DeSantis’ moves to ban books, restrict voting, limit and curtail discussion of sexuality in classrooms. access to abortion DeSantis’ campaign responded by blasting Newsom’s record in California, which his spokesman told CNN had turned California into a “hellhole.”

Newsom this week ramped up the political blunders in a move aimed at angering abortion opponents. It announced a new website that aims to connect women in states that ban or restrict abortion with reproductive health care and abortion services in California, including tools to help find providers and how to seek financial aid.

But he didn’t stop there: he put up 18 posters advertising California abortion services in seven red states that have enacted abortion restrictions: Indiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas.

“Do you need an abortion?” in one of the ads, “California is ready to help.”

Like DeSantis and Abbott’s moves, it’s an effort to show appeal in a future presidential stream that could complicate Newsom’s efforts, but will bring him adulation at his core.

It’s unclear whether Trump will make another bid for the White House, but even if he doesn’t, DeSantis, Abbott and Newsom are proving that his circus politics are here to stay.