NBC News deleted a tweet containing a quote that compared migrants sent to Martha’s Vineyard to “trash” in an attempt to criticize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The quote came from Max Lefeld, a Venezuelan-American and immigrant activist.
“It’s like me taking my trash out and just driving to different areas where I live and just throwing my trash there,” he said.
Ironically, Lefeld is also a founding member of the Casa Venezuela Dallas foundation, a charity that helps refugees.
NBC posted the quote in a tweet with a link to its article, but deleted the tweet after receiving criticism online.
“You can rip on DeSantis about a lot of things but man did he make baiting these fools into making terrible analogies look effortless,” read one response.
“Did you…did they call these human beings ‘trash’?” responded author Amelia Hamilton.
“Remember, kids: when these people reveal, even inadvertently or without self-awareness, who they really are and what they really think, you should believe them,” read another response.
The article went on to detail that DeSantis faced criticism for what many on the left called a political stunt, but he also received praise from many who said the policy highlighted the massive problem of illegal immigration at the border.
DeSantis confirmed on Wednesday that he had sent two planes full of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, to the vacation resort island famous for its residents, the Obamas. Critics on the left have called it worse than the Holocaust and accused DeSantis of being a totalitarian dictator after unconfirmed reports that some migrants were deceived about the services and jobs they might be getting on the Island.
Others went so far as to accuse him of human trafficking, but his defenders pointed out that President Joe Biden, a Democrat, had also relocated migrants to various cities in the United States to alleviate the growing migrant crisis.
Officials on the island scrambled to find the migrants shelter and other services. On Friday, the migrants were bused out of the island to Joint Base Cape Cod where a shelter was set up for them by the Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.
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