In his treatment and manipulation of Venezuelan migrants as “political pawns,” Ken Burns sees similarities in the actions of Florida governor Ron DeSantis and those of Hitler in Nazi Germany. “This is coming straight out of the authoritarian playbook,” Burns said.
Joining CNN’s John Berman Thursday morning to discuss his new documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” Burns took aim at the Florida governor for flying two planeloads of Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard this week, calling it a “disturbing” play of political theater.
“All of your documentaries are about history,” Berman began, “but all of them also make you think about where we are. We woke up to the news this morning that Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida sent two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts, including kids and whatnot. And I’m not saying, this is not a 1-for-1, this is not a parallel here in any way, but it does address some of the same themes that are part of this documentary.”
Sitting with co-director Lynn Novick, Burns agreed.
“Well, it’s the abstraction of human life. It’s basically saying that you can use a human life that is as valuable as yours or mine or Lynn’s and to put it in a position of becoming a political pawn in somebody’s authoritarian game. This is coming straight out of the authoritarian playbook,” he said.
The documentarian then pointed to other instances in DeSantis’ governance that has highlighted his refusal to participate in the democratic process.
“This is what’s so disturbing about DeSantis, is to use human beings, to weaponize human beings for a political purpose – it’s like when somebody disagrees with him in Florida, like the Walt Disney Company, he punishes them,” Burns continued. “This is not the actions of a person participating in a democratic process in which there’s an exchange of ideas. This is about punishing political enemies, putting on shows, political shows, political theater. And in this case, this is with the lives of human beings.”
Bringing it back to his latest project with Novick, Burns agreed that the themes he explores through history are very resonant today, for better or worse.
“What we find in our all films is that the themes that we engage in the past are present today,” he concluded. “And so when you look at the story that we’re telling of the U.S. and the Holocaust, you understand that the time to save a democracy is before it’s lost. We promise you.”
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Fox News interviewing migrants but don't want to translate because "I’m not going to be able to translate all of that I wouldn’t even try because it wouldn’t look good on live TV,” Jenkins said " - aka "it wouldn't look good on Fox"
A Fox News correspondent covering the buses of migrants that arrived outside the Vice President’s home on Thursday decided to try and communicate with some in Spanish—that is, until he couldn’t bother trying anymore.
Griff Jenkins began approaching some of the migrants sent to the Naval Observatory early Thursday morning, using his minimal Spanish to try to speak to some of them. In standard Fox News fashion, Jenkins got one to contradict a purported claim by Vice President Kamala Harris (who he calls “President Harris” in Spanish) that the border is closed. (Harris actually said the border was “secure”). But his attention seemed to wane once he spoke to a second migrant.
Jenkins asked the migrant in Spanish if everyone on the bus was from Venezuela. The migrant responded, in Spanish, that they all fled the “difficult” country, and endured the arduous journey, because they hoped to “triumph” in the United States. He said he found immigration officials in Mexico hard to deal with. Jenkins thanked the man and let him leave, but the migrant’s translated comments didn’t make it to Fox's airwaves.
Don't call yourself a sanctuary city if you don't want to be a sanctuary. Seems to me these cities celebrating the enriching of their culture. God knows New Englanders could use some people to teach them how to spice up their food.
The lives of those migrants do not matter as much as the point he is trying to make. Shipping a bunch of Venezuelan immigrants who were trying to flee communism...
Florida isn't a sanctuary. Martha's Vineyard is. What's the problem?
I mean we have millions of illegal immigrants (or at least hundreds of thousand) in florida; all employed by his political donors, is he planning and sending them all there? No, he’s not, he didn’t set aside $12million to ship everyone out. Why is he doing it? It makes no sense other than to use them as political pawns and make a show using their lives.
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Hypocrisy. Using Illegals as political pawns. Pretzels. Flab Jacks.
How are they political pawns if we didn’t know about those flights? Desantis made a show about sending to Martha’s Vinyard. If the 70 flights to Jacksonville florida and the transportation north and south along a busy as fuck highway pissed desanits off he would have been screaming about it.
Why is desanits ok with these 70 flights of illegal immigrants coming in? Why didn’t he say anything?
So 50 illegal migrants is a humanitarian crisis. In Martha's Vineyard. A place so wealthy only a few can afford to live there. With access to unlimited resources.
What number of illegals can poorer places take without it being a humanitarian crisis?
It is a humanitarian crisis. Why would 50 immigrants who have nothing arriving in a place they know no one not be a humanitarian crisis? Did you even read the content of the notice? There is nothing wrong with what they are doing to address this. Why are you against charities helping the poor?
Ya; you would think DeSantis would be screaming about illegal immigrants being trafficked to florida by the federal government, but DeSanits is above that, he respects Biden too much to shit on him for doing something he hates so much.
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