Harris: Ian Relief Resources Should Be Prioritized to ‘Communities of Color’, Team DeSantis Levels Her

[Image: Kamala Harris -- Twitter video screenshot. Christina Pushsaw, Gov. Ron DeSantis team member-- Twitter profile picture. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) -- Twitter video screenshot. TFF compilation].

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ team leveled Kamala Harris for implying that Hurricane Ian resources should be prioritized to people in lower-income communities and to “communities of color”, suggesting they are the “most impacted by these extreme conditions.”

Harris’s comments were quickly leveled by Christina Pushaw, rapid response director for DeSantis’ reelection campaign, telling storm victims affected by Ian, “This is false”.

“It is our, um, lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Kamala Harris claimed Friday afternoon regarding Hurricane Ian, during the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

“And so, 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 — understanding not everyone starts out at the same place, and if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities,” Harris said.

Christina Pushaw pushed back at Harris’ comments, writing on Twitter, “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 disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362,” Pushaw added.

Kamala Harris’ remarks:

Christina Pushaw responds:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) states on its website the requirements to apply for assistance: “You will need to confirm you are a United States citizen, non-citizen national or qualified non-citizen.”

“Applicants must be able to prove the disaster-damaged home was their primary residence. Applicants are required to inform FEMA of all insurance coverage that may be available to them to meet their disaster-caused needs,” the website says.

DeSantis’ team also tweeted of Harris’ comments:

Meanwhile on Friday, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the first $1 million from the newly established Florida Disaster Fund has been awarded to organizations helping the storm victims.

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