VP Harris criticized for saying Hurricane Ian aid will be ‘equity based’

Vice President Harris came in for a barrage of criticism after telling an audience that “communities of color” would be first in line for emergency aid in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

“We need to address this in a way that is about providing resources based on equality, understanding that we are fighting for equality, but we also have to fight for equality,” she said during a discussion with Priyanka Chopra in the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership. Forum on Friday.

“If we want people to be on an equal footing sometimes, we have to accommodate those differences and make that work,” she added.

Harris’ remarks drew immediate backlash, including from Christina Pushaw, director of rapid response for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Part of a destroyed mobile home park is pictured in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
Part of a destroyed mobile home park is pictured in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
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“This is false. @VP’s rhetoric is creating unnecessary panic and needs to be clarified. FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.” Pushaw said.

Sadanand Dhume, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute added that “real people don’t talk like this.

Harris' remarks sparked a backlash.
Harris’ remarks sparked a backlash.
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“If a hurricane hits a state, we should expect the government to help all those affected: black, brown white, purple, green.” he said.

Even Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, chimed in says that resource allocation “should be by greatest need, not race or anything else.”

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