Liberal Fox News commentator Juan Williams attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for taking illegal immigrants to welcoming enclaves of the super-rich like the home state of President Joe Biden, but Fox News anchor Trace Gallagher, in a rebuttal that any aware American probably saw coming a mile away, caught him red-handed in the height of hypocrisy.
The heated debate arose in a Fox News segment reporting on the latest flights to Delaware. Williams blasted DeSantis, without evidence, of nefarious intent for transporting migrants to other areas of the country.
(Video: Fox News)
“In this case, DeSantis is really using human beings as a, you know, political theater, and it’s really sad,” accused Williams, following up with an allegation that this was also about DeSantis posturing for a potential future presidential run.
“The reality is, that people who are used in this way, it’s a huge insult to Americans and to these people who are fleeing violence, oppression… that’s the reality and he’s making a joke out of it,” Williams continued.
It seemed Gallagher couldn’t wait one second to blast that softball far over the fence, trying to get a word in edgewise while Williams ranted, and finally stating the obvious,
“The president has been sending people from all over the country for more than a year on these planes and dropping them off in the dark of night in Westchester County… it’s the same thing. It’s okay for the president to drop off immigrants around the country,” Gallagher pointed out.
It’s not the same thing,” Williams interrupted.
“These bus trips are voluntary,” Gallagher laid out the truth of it. “We have people down there. The people who get on these things are asked. They are not told to get on these planes and buses. They are asked —”
“They’re being misled, Trace!” Williams alleged.
The two pundits ping-ponged that allegation, but Gallagher allowed that some migrants may have been told jobs could be waiting for them.
“If that’s misleading, that’s a fair point,” Gallagher said, reiterating that the migrants are reportedly being clearly told where they are heading and directly asked if they want to board the bus or plane.
“He’s from Florida and he’s sending people from Texas! This is not even his state,” Williams argued.
It was at this point that Gallagher took his “mighty Casey” swing,
“The president has been sending people all over the country for more than a year in these planes and dropping them off in the dark of night,” he said as Williams simply shook his head and mumbled.
“It’s not the same thing,” he said.
“It is the same thing, Juan,” Gallagher again responded.
The discussion continued with Williams alleging that “no one in Massachusetts was told, for example, in the latest dropoffs,” to which Gallagher frowned back the too-easy reply, “no one was told in Westchester County that people were coming in the dead of night. Or Texas.”
Williams alleged that when the president drops people off, it’s to help them get jobs, etc., with the obvious implication that when a Republican does the same, it’s an abuse of human beings with the most self-serving nefarious intent.
It appears, of course, that Williams had been charging without evidence that transport locations have been kept in the dark regarding the flights.
On reports of a chartered plane carrying migrants is headed near Biden’s home in Delaware, @PressSec: “Yes, we have received word of the flights. And yes, we are coordinating closely with state officials and local service providers who are prepared to welcome these families.”
— Matt Viser (@mviser) September 20, 2022
Delaware is preparing for a plane of migrants that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may be sending here later today. ETA 1:30 p.m.
— Hannah Edelman (@h_edelman) September 20, 2022
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