DeSantis sent an empty charter plane from Texas to Delaware to “pwn the libz”?

Using COVID relief funds, Ron DeSantis with Greg Abbott have achieved the ridiculous. The way to Delaware starts with an original flight plan to start in Texas, go to Florida, and then arrive in Delaware, only this time the same charter jet goes through Nashville and finally lands in New Jersey, still without passengers. Was it “Owning the libs” in its current form — i.e. blatant self-sabotage for dumb political reasons.

The small Delaware town of Rehoboth Beach, where President Joe Biden has a vacation home, scrambled Tuesday to prepare for the expected arrival of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ next round of expensive migrant flights—but the day only ended with more confusion in the Diamond State.

Instead, confusion swirled as the chartered plane that was scheduled to leave Texas on Tuesday morning, filled with migrants, departed hours late and bound for a different city—Nashville, Tennessee—with no passengers on board.

Delaware officials had sprung into action on Monday night after word got out that the same plane DeSantis used to fly migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard last week was listed on a public schedule to fly to Delaware, via Florida, on Tuesday morning. There was also a $950,000 payment made by Florida to Vertol Systems Company Inc, the same charter company that flew migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.


Public flight plans initially showed that the plane used to whisk migrants to Massachusetts was set to embark on a similar flight path Tuesday, departing from Texas, with a stopover in the Florida Panhandle before arriving in Georgetown—the closest airport to Rehoboth Beach, 19 miles away—at 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The flight was then delayed for unknown reasons before its route changed entirely. It departed for Nashville around 2:30 p.m. ET, where it reportedly landed without a single migrant on board 90 minutes later.…

Payments to this vendor now total $1.565 million.— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) September 19, 2022

On Monday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) appeared on Fox News and defended his scheme to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. DeSantis said that the migrants’ decision to participate in the trip was “voluntarily” and called any suggestion of impropriety “nonsense.”

Is DeSantis telling the truth? That will now be determined in federal court.

On Tuesday, three of the migrants filed a class action lawsuit against DeSantis “in his official and personal capacity.” The lawsuit also targets Jared Perdue, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, and several yet-to-be-identified defendants who were in direct contact with the migrants.

The lawsuit alleges that DeSantis and his accomplices “executed a premeditated, fraudulent, and illegal scheme centered on exploiting [the migrants] for the sole purpose of advancing their own personal, financial, and political interests.”…

UPDATE: Migrants file explosive class action lawsuit against DeSantis, by @JuddLegum This might explain why the plane that landed in Delaware was empty.— Pam (@pm_mcdaniel) September 21, 2022

A Twitter report Tuesday showed one of the planes that Florida Gov. DeSantis used to send people to Martha’s Vineyard was scheduled to travel to Delaware, a supposed effort to poke President Biden.

Catch up on the saga of the plane that never arrived.— The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) September 21, 2022

  • September 21, 2022