What If Ron DeSantis’s Martha’s Vineyard Stunt Wasn’t Actually Good Politics?

Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Ron DeSantis’s decision to fly dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in a desperate attempt to boost his political profile ahead of the presidential primary season was malicious, inhumane, cruel — and possibly illegal. But, hey, was it good politics? … it’s actually not entirely clear that the ‘politics’ are that good — or even that they will continue to be viewed this way in the future. There have been some significant revelations in the past few days; a criminal probe could lead to more controversial and damning disclosures. And there is ample evidence that cruel treatment to migrants does backfire politically: The Trump administration’s child separation policy was one of the biggest drivers of 2018’s wave election.” (09/20/22)