DeSantis Spokeswoman, Elon Musk Fire Back at Kamala Harris For Saying Hurricane Aid Will Be Prioritized by Race
A spokeswoman for Governor Ron DeSantis accused Kamala Harris of creating “undue panic” while a FEMA administrator denied the Vice President’s remarks indicating Hurricane Ian aid would be prioritized for “communities of color.”
Harris created quite a stir with comments she made Friday indicating hurricane relief would be equity based and involve decisions prioritizing aid based on race.
“It is our lowest-income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions,” she claimed while speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.
“We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity,” added Harris.
Kamala Harris vows to give hurricane funds based on skin color, violating civil rights law.
‘It is our lowest income communities & our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions & impacted by issues not of their own making.’pic.twitter.com/ybdeMti44r
— Wendell Husebø (@WendellHusebo) October 1, 2022
Kamala Harris Suggests Hurricane Aid Will Be Based on Skin Color
Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Governor DeSantis, fired back at Kamala Harris for publicly stating aid for Hurricane Ian recovery efforts would be race-based.
“This is false,” she responded. “[Vice President Kamala Harris’] rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified.”
She added, “FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.”
This is false. @VP‘s rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified. FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background. If you need assistance visit https://t.co/x9X8AstnzL or call 1-800-621-3362. https://t.co/idsw1PX86x
— Christina Pushaw ? ?? (@ChristinaPushaw) September 30, 2022
In a subsequent tweet, Pushaw challenged Harris to “correct what she said.”
Fox News reports that, given a chance to clarify her remarks on hurricane aid, Kamala Harris refused to comment.
“Vice President, can you clarify what you meant about equity for hurricane relief,” she was asked by a reporter as she walked by without responding.
FEMA Administrator Shoots Down Notion of Race-Based Aid, Elon Musk Fires Back
Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk also took to social media to respond to Kamala Harris’ comments about aid for Hurricane Ian being prioritized based on race.
Responding to a clip of her statement Musk replied, “Should be according to greatest need, not race or anything else.”
Should be according to greatest need, not race or anything else
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 1, 2022
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell had to set the record straight when asked by reporters about concerns Harris may have generated with her remarks.
“We’re going to support all communities,” Criswell insisted. “I committed that to the governor, I commit to you right here that all Floridians are going to be able to get the help that is available to them through our programs.”
It’s not as if the panic surrounding Kamala’s comments is unwarranted.
The Biden administration was accused of using the $1.9 Trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ to prioritize COVID pandemic relief based on race and gender in a Forbes column.
One such example was prioritizing the distribution of Restaurant Revitalization Funds to restaurants and bars owned by women and certain minorities.
Judges Halt Race and Gender Priority for Restaurant Relief Grants https://t.co/1M3LmD2GF5
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 20, 2021
Relief grants were halted when federal court rulings in Texas and Tennessee struck down the policy run by the Small Business Administration as unconstitutional.
That policy included a 21-day exclusivity period where only applications from women, military veterans, and “socially and economically disadvantaged” individuals would be reviewed.
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