If Schmidt’s role model is Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Kansas is in trouble

'I want a future for our great state of Kansas that looks a whole lot more like Ron DeSantis has in Florida.'

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September 19, 2022 - 4:12 PM

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt at the debate with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Sept. 10, 2022.

On Sunday, Derek Schmidt doubled down on hate.

In his campaign for governor, Schmidt brought in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to rally the crowd against providing a safe harbor for refugees. Last week, DeSantis arranged to have about 50 Venezuelan refugees flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, with the purpose of mocking Massachusetts’s stance on refugee rights, that is, that they should exist.

It was only mid-flight that the refugees, many of whom had made a torturous two-month journey across a dozen countries to reach the U.S. border to flee the repressive dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro, learned of their destination. In an effort to lure the refugees on board, DeSantis’ underlings told them they were headed to Boston where their immigration process could be expedited and job opportunities awaited. 

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