Kamala Harris ripped for claiming government hurricane aid will prioritize ‘communities of color’

VP Kamala Harris says hurricane recovery should take ‘equity’ into account

Vice President Kamala Harris caused a stir Friday after she said the administration would take “equity” into account when dividing up disaster relief as Hurricane Ian rips up the eastern coastline. 

“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions,” she said during 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,” she added. 

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the DNC Women’s Leadership Forum, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at The Mayflower Hotel, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The White House on Friday said President Biden had been working with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide emergency relief for those impacted by the deadly storm.

But the campaign for DeSantis took issue with Harris’ comments and claimed she caused “panic” as Floridians look to the federal government and state officials to provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Ian. 

Damaged boats lie on the land and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Damaged boats lie on the land and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fort Myers, Florida. 
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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“This is false. [Harris’] rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified,” Christina Pushaw, rapid response director to DeSantis’ re-election campaign said on Twitter. “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,” she added. 

The White House could not be immediately reached for comment by Fox News Digital.

At least 30 people have been confirmed dead, including 27 from Florida, according to the Associated Press, after the category five hurricane decimated Florida’s coastline this week before moving north.

First responders in Orange County, Florida assist those stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

First responders in Orange County, Florida assist those stranded in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
(Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

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The storm weakened to a post-tropical cyclone after hitting South Carolina Friday, where it is expected to make its way up to New York.

Rain is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic and northern states throughout the weekend. 

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