“Immigrants Are Not a Political Football”: Biden’s Immigration Plan Has Flopped With Progressives
It was just over a month ago that The New York Times ran an intriguing front-page story: “Election Victor Has Big Holes in His Résumé: Claims of Past Success Don’t Check Out.” Clearly, George Santos wasn’t yet a household name. Since then, Santos has been the subject of countless headlines as journalists dig deep into his biography, documenting a litany of lies and trailing the freshman Republican through the halls of Congress. Joe Pompeo wrote this week on the Santos media circus, while Molly Jong-Fast tackled the GOP’s willingness to look past Santos’s bogus backstory and put him on two committees. As Democratic representative Ritchie Torres told her, “House Republicans have sunk to the level of self-parody.”
While it’s nearly 6,000 miles from Davos to Phoenix, Democratic representative Ruben Gallego is hoping Arizonans are paying attention to their independent senator—and, likely, his 2024 rival—mingling with the global elite in the Swiss Alps. Kyrsten Sinema, he told Abigail Tracy, “is absolutely separated from reality and from the Arizona voters.” And looking to the southern US border, Caleb Ecarma spoke to freshman Democratic congressmen Greg Casar and Maxwell Frost about progressive frustrations with the Biden administration’s immigration strategy.
Plus, Nick Bilton explored Tesla’s troubles, as CEO Elon Musk may be turning off climate-conscious Democrats—and prospective buyers—with his antics running Twitter. “I found myself not wanting to be associated with anything related to Musk,” said one Tesla-owning liberal media personality. Thanks for reading, and we’ll be back Monday.
—Michael Calderone, editor