Florida governor Ron DeSantis blamed Gavin Newsom’s “hair gel” for “interfering with his brain function” after the California governor requested that the Department of Justice conduct an investigation into states allegedly “kidnapping” illegal immigrants and flying them to other states.
“So the governor of California sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying, ‘You need to prosecute Texas and Florida governors.’ And all I can say is, I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function,” DeSantis said Friday at a news conference in Florida.
DeSantis sent two planes carrying 50 illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Texas governor Greg Abbott sent buses full of illegal migrants to stand outside Vice President Kamala Harris’s home in Washington, D.C.
Newsom responded to DeSantis’s and Abbott’s actions on Thursday by requesting that the DOJ look into “kidnapping” charges.
I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns. pic.twitter.com/x2sBa06nSw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
Newsom said in his letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that “several” illegal immigrants who were transported to Martha’s Vineyard agreed to fly there on “false representations that they would be transported to Boston and would receive expedited access to work authorization.”
He also invited DeSantis to debate, claiming the Florida governor only has the need for “attention.”
“Hey [Ron DeSantis] clearly you’re struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people’s lives. Since you have only one overriding need — attention –let’s take this up & debate. I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time before Election Day,” Newsom tweeted.
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker said on Friday that he deployed up to 125 National Guard members in response to the illegal immigrants being sent to the posh vacation destination, and the immigrants were transported away on buses.