DeSantis fires back at VP Harris over ‘equitable’ Hurricane Ian aid remarks

It’s beyond difficult to report that Vice President Kamala Harris, during a speech at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, dared to essentially say that Hurricane Ian aid would first be distributed “equitably,” meaning it will go to people of color, first.

That message was immediately denounced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) office, specifically by Christina Pushaw, a representative for DeSantis’s reelection campaign, according to the Washington Examiner.

Pushaw not only condemned the ridiculous message, but she also insisted that the vice president correct the record.

The veep’s remarks caused backlash across social media, with many who were affected by the catastrophic hurricane now wondering whether or not they’ll be provided relief, based on the color of their skin.

The remarks

Harris held nothing back as she pushed her long-ridiculed “equity” schtick at the conference.

“I know we are all thinking about the families in Florida and Puerto Rico with [Hurricane] Fiona and what we need to do to help them in terms of an immediate response and aid,” the vice president said.

She added: “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.”

Pushaw strikes back

On behalf of the Florida governor, Pushaw fired back at Harris’s remarks, calling them outright “false.”

The DeSantis spokeswoman made it clear in a tweet that in Florida, Hurricane aid isn’t distributed by race or religion, like Washington Democrats would like it to be.

“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 tweeted.

Pushaw added in a follow-up: “The @VP needs to correct what she said as well. A real journalist would simply ask her to clarify what she meant by those comments and why she misrepresented the relief effort.”