Anthony Scaramucci, who had a short stint as White House press secretary in the Trump administration, went after New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) on Friday after her “hypocritical” comments asking migrants not to come to New York.
Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Biden administration have feuded over the influx of migrants to New York City in recent months. Hochul went back on previous statements this week, telling migrants to “go somewhere else.”
“Two wrongs do not make a right. We’re exposing Kathy Hochul’s hypocrisy… she’s totally hypocritical and she’s virtue signaling with all of her nonsense,” Scaramucci said in a NewsNation interview Friday.
Hochul and Adams have pressured the Biden administration for more federal assistance to help migrants in the state, claiming that their resources are stretched beyond their capacity.
Scaramucci tied the governor’s comments to the transport of migrants from border states north, championed by Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Greg Abbott (R-Texas.). The pair have sent buses and planes full of migrants to Democratic-controlled cities as a form of political retribution over what they consider lax migrant policies.
“I think it cost DeSantis any shot at challenging Trump. Because it’s so inhuman,” Scaramucci said. “He takes the people and he flies them to Martha’s Vineyard… There are human beings they are moving around as chess pieces.”
DeSantis and Abbott’s migrant transports, widely considered political stunts, have included migrants being sent to Vice President Kamala Harris’ home, the small New England island of Martha’s Vineyard and multiple groups of migrants sent to Los Angeles and New York City, among other destinations.
“When I look at somebody getting moved to Martha’s Vineyard or New York… a governor who is a human being should not be using people as pawns in the political process. It’s ridiculous,” he continued. “[Hochul is] a loser for being such a hypocrite, but these guys are terrible human beings.”