Democrats Playing Politics with Hurricane Ian

In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Ian, and even in the lead-up to its landfall, democrats have politicized the natural disaster in an attempt to tarnish conservatives’ new champion, Governor Ron DeSantis.

Politico was thinking about political damage as Ian bore down on Florida with Category-4 winds and deadly flooding potential.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis spent his first term becoming one of the most influential Republicans in the country. But he still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a hurricane.”

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Twitter users quickly noticed the narrative that Politico and Democrats writ large were teeing up. GOP Strategist For O’Connell called the move “despicable.”

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Other Twitter users echoed O’Connell’s sentiments.

Rachel Vindman, the wife to Trump-hating retired Army officer Alexander Vindman, also went after DeSantis.

“We should use they/them pronouns for hurricane Ian to annoy DeSantis.”

On top of the cynicism of this approach, it’s also not true, as multiple Twitter users also noted.

Aside from attacking DeSantis directly, Democrats have leveraged the event to support the climate change narrative, implying that Hurricane Ian is due to global warming.

Senator Amy Klubchar said as much during an interview.

“We just did something about climate change for the first time in decades. That’s why [Democrats] have to win this as that hurricane bears down on Florida,”

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro nipped this idea in the bud.

Author Michael Shellenberger also weighed in, saying that the data does not indicate climate change has impacted hurricanes at all.

 

The politicization didn’t stop after the hurricane made landfall either.

Vice President Kamala Harriss incorrectly stated that aid would be distributed “equitably” to those harmed by the hurricane.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid implied DeSantis was a segregationist for warning looters that Florida is a Second Amendment state.

 

Sean Hannity lauded Florida for its response to the disaster while calling out the political attacks.

 

“And as we speak around the clock, rescue recovery efforts all across the state are continuing, all while Democrats in Washington, they typically play politics and that’s what they’re doing. On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced the federal government would be doling out hurricane relief funds on the basis of race, all in the name of equity.”

Hannity recently interviewed DeSantis. While most of the interview focused on outlining the state of affairs in Florida and recovery efforts, the Governor responded to Kamala Harris’s comments as well.

“I think she’s trying to play identity politics with a storm and a natural disaster, and I think it’s ridiculous, and honestly, we had the FEMA administrator in Florida with us, and she threw cold water on that, so that’s not going to happen. It’s totally not appropriate. You don’t have to politicize every single tragedy in this country, and I think people I tell you in Florida are sick of this nonsense….. They just want us to band together.”

 


Additional stories you may want to read:

Extraordinary Leadership of Gov. DeSantis Shines Through Gloom of Hurricane Ian

Democrats Politicize Hurricane Ian-Bash DeSantis

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