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The stunning smear campaign against immigration hawk Ron DeSantis

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Establishment Republicans are irretrievably in the back pockets of their open-border donors, which is why we’ve never solved our immigration crisis. Naturally, they are well aware of the fact that their voters have no appetite for the importation of illegal immigrants and do not share the priorities of their donors. But they still run on our issues in the primaries and paint their conservative challengers as pro-amnesty. Incongruously, they often use the open-borders money to promote that very message. This dynamic is now playing out in the Florida governor’s race between Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis.

The pro-amnesty agriculture lobby attacks a conservative for being against food stamps, farm welfare, and amnesty

Supporters of former congressman and agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam are well aware of the fact that, with our current crisis with drugs, illegal immigrants, and transnational gangs, there is no appetite for his Gang of 8 open-borders policies. Thus, taking a chapter out of Sun Tsu – all warfare is based on deception – allies of Putnam, based on an appallingly dishonest local blogger, are suggesting that Putnam’s opponent, Rep. Ron DeSantis, voted to give food stamps to illegal aliens — by voting against the food stamp-laden 2014 farm bill!

The National Liberty Federation is the third-party organization running attack ads against DeSantis suggesting he voted for food stamps for illegals. As Tampa Bay Times writer Adam C. Smith writes, National Liberty Federation is run by a Palm Beach County resident named Everett Wilkinson, who is a longtime associate, press contact, and bag man of Roger Stone. Meanwhile, one of Stone’s longtime clients is the sugar lobby. The sugar lobby is very strong in Florida, which is why Sen. Marco Rubio continues to support corporate welfare for the sugar business. In this gubernatorial race, the candidates could not be further apart on this issue. DeSantis is an ardent opponent of corporate welfare and the broader farm bill, and Putnam is an ardent supporter of everything the agriculture lobbies want.

The dishonest blog post cited in the TV ad shamelessly misquotes an article by CRTV host Nate Madden and uses it to mischaracterize DeSantis’ no vote on the farm bill. When Madden asked the puerile blogger to issue a correction, he obnoxiously declined.

As such, it’s no surprise that the legislatively illiterate blogger who claims to be concerned about immigration was on Infowars with none other than Roger Stone to discuss the farm bill and DeSantis.

The ultimate case of projection

If you have followed DeSantis’ career, you might be scratching your head wondering how one of the strongest proponents of sovereignty in Congress could be attacked as a supporter of welfare for illegals. While I’ve seen creative deceptions by RINOs in the art of projection, this one takes the cake. They are suggesting that because DeSantis was one of the brave Republicans to votes against the statist 2014 farm bill, which was full of unconstitutional subsidies and Stalinist price controls and also codified Obama’s baseline of food stamp enrollment, he is somehow pro-amnesty.

As evidence, they cite language in the bill that, while reauthorizing the massive food stamp program without any fundamental reforms, contained boilerplate language to ensure legal verification for eligibility. Section 4015 dictated that "a state agency shall be required to use an immigration status verification system." Their mendacious insinuation is that a vote against the farm bill was a vote against some form of enforcement against illegal immigration.

Now, even if the bill indeed contained some sort of new consequential immigration language, it would still be extremely dishonest to suggest that someone who voted against a 99 percent bad big-government bill is somehow for amnesty.

In reality, however, the 2014 bill did nothing to change standing law on immigration. It kept the same boilerplate language on legal verification for eligibility that is contained in authorization bills for all welfare programs.

On the one hand, illegals have long been barred from getting welfare programs; section 401(c)(1) of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 (PRWOA), the famous welfare reform bill, bars unlawfully present aliens from receiving any “retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by appropriated funds of the United States.”

On the other hand, they have continued to get access through identity fraud and on behalf of American-born children.

The bill did nothing to address this in real terms; there was no reason for a conservative to vote for a massive, cronyistic spending bill just because it contained paltry immigration enforcement language.

Imagine if a candidate ran an ad against conservatives who just voted against the omnibus bill, saying the conservatives hate the military because they did not vote for a bill that contained a myriad of other problems?

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