In the wake of the Republicans' worse than expected showing in the 2022 election, there has been a rush among the corporate media punditry - and many Republican politicians - to seize on Trump as a scapegoat and pin the blame entirely on him. It is true that many Trump-endorsed GOP candidates who openly supported the 45th president's attacks on immigrants, and on the American democracy that has historically been America's main attraction for immigrants, lost key elections in 2022.

But would there be any benefit for immigrants and immigrant advocates if Florida governor De Santis - whom the Murdoch- controlled media are rushing to proclaim as "De Future" of America -- were to become the Republican leader - and possible US president -- instead of Trump?

Not to be outdone, another writer has gushingly fantasized that De Santis could be another Ronald Reagan.

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/3741044-why-ron-de-santis-can-lead-a-modern-reagan-coalition-in-2024/

But to the contrary, if De Santis were to become the Republican leader - and US president, "De Future" for immigrants - and democracy - in America could very arguably be even worse than if Trump himself were to regain power in the White House in 2024. This is for two reasons,

Frist, De Santis, in some ways, has shown himself to be even more of an autocrat than Trump himself. And, let us make no mistake about this, autocrats, no matter what part of the world they may appear in, do not like immigrants. As one writer has accurately stated, De Santis is "a deeply authoritarian figure."

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/07/ron-desantis-authoritarian-democracy-trump-2024-republican.html.

Second, with his busing immigrants to more liberal states, De Santis may have, very arguably, outdone even Trump himself in terms of showing cruelty toward immigrants and violating their dignity and human rights.

To be continued in my next comment on this topic.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
Harvard Law School LL.B.
Harvard College A.B.