Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said Monday that Kamala Harris is “trying to play identity politics with a storm”, calling her recent comments “ridiculous”, “totally not appropriate”, and recommending that the vice president doesn’t “have to politicize every single tragedy in this country”.
DeSantis reacted to Kamala Harris’ remarks after she implied last week that Hurricane Ian resources should be prioritized to people in lower-income communities, to “communities of color”, suggesting they are the “most impacted by these extreme conditions”, and adding, “we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity”.
“I think she’s trying to play identity politics with a storm and a natural disaster,” Governor DeSantis told Sean Hannity on Fox News over Harris’ remarks.
“I think it’s ridiculous. And honestly, we had the FEMA administration in Florida with us, and she threw cold water on that. So that is not going to happen. It is totally not appropriate,” the Florida governor said.
“You don’t have to politicize every single tragedy in this country, and I think people … in Florida are really sick of the nonsense. They just want people to be helped. They want everyone to ban together. They want us to get these communities back on our feet,” he continued.
DeSantis also said a natural disaster affects “all demographics, all income levels … difference race[s], different ethnicities”, saying, “Who cares? We just want to make sure that people have a change to get back on their feet and get moving forward again”.
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