DeSantis raps Newsom call for DOJ probe on migrant moves, says hair gel 'interfering with his brain'

Newsom's request for the Justice Department also calls for the agency to looking into similar efforts by other Republican governors.

Updated: September 17, 2022 - 11:37am

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Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis responded Friday to California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom's call for the Justice Department to investigate DeSantis relocating migrants, saying Newsom's "hair gel is interfering with his brain." 

On Thursday, Newsom called on the department to investigate DeSantis a day earlier having flown migrants to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts and similar efforts by fellow GOP governors in recent weeks and months. 

"Clearly, transporting families, including children, across state lines under false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but it may also be illegal," Newsom said in a letter to the DOJ.

DeSantis responded to Newsom's attack in a press conference Friday, saying: "The governor of California sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying you need to prosecute Texas and Florida governors, and all I can say is I think his hair gel was interfering with his brain function."

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has sent migrants to progressive cities such as New York City and Washington, D.C., and Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey has been sending migrants to cities since May, according to ABC10 News.

A spokesperson from DeSantis' office told the Associated Press that those progressive cities are more equipped to handle the flood of migrants.

"States like Massachusetts, New York, and California will better facilitate the care of these individuals who they have invited into our country by incentivizing illegal immigration through their designation as 'sanctuary states' and support for the Biden Administration's open border policies," the spokesperson said.