It just smells of high heaven

Charlie Crist, who is challenging DeSantis for the Florida Governor position, said this regarding DeSantis’ immigrant stunt:

“The fact that he used state dollars, as far as we know thus far to the tune of over $600,000, to charter these planes, which sounds like an outrageous sum of money, but it’s state dollars that he’s utilizing for a political stunt,” said former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who is challenging DeSantis in the governor’s race this year. “It just smells of high heaven.” 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/2022/09/16/migrants-desantis-marthas-vineyard/

This is a mashup of “smells to high heaven” (to be or seem suspicious or corrupt) and “smells of (something) (to be strikingly suggestive of something). “Smells rotten” (again, something suspicious or corrupt) may also be in the mix. Maybe “High Heaven” is a cologne used by DeSantis? A big thank you to Tom Justice for spotting this one.



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