Democrats Politicize Hurricane Ian-Bash DeSantis

The massive Category Three storm known as Hurricane Ian is moving through the Gulf of Mexico, approaching Florida’s West Coast, and is set to make landfall by Thursday. Democrats have leveraged the natural disaster as an opportunity to push climate policy preferences and to bach republicans.

While long-time Floridians are accustomed to tropical storms, hurricanes pose a substantial danger to people and their property. Governor DeSantis issued a mandatory evacuation order in some parts of the state, and nearly 2.5 million people are under mandatory or recommended evacuation orders.

“What we have here is really historic storm surge and flooding potential. In some areas there will be catastrophic flooding and life-threatening storm surges.”

DeSantis also warned that the impact was “imminent” and said, “Mother Nature is a very fearsome adversary. So please heed those warnings,” according to the New York Post.

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Democrats jumped at the opportunity to blame an act of God on Republicans and use it to push their agenda. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Democrat Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar stated that the hurricane is why the democrats have to win in the midterms. She referenced the recently passed and poorly named Inflation Reduction Act as evidence, insinuating that it would contribute to preventing hurricanes.

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

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Rapid Response Director for Gov. DeSantis, Christina Pushaw, quickly fired back at Klobuchar.

On top of that, the data indicates that hurricanes have not increased in frequency or cost recently and have been making landfall less often, casting doubt on the theory that climate change is to blame in any capacity.

On Twitter, commentary skews more negative, attacking DeSantis for his disaster handling.

One user implied DeSantis was hypocritical for addressing COVID-19 and Hurricane Ian differently.

 

Another user made a similar hypocrisy claim, blaming DeSantis for not chartering flights for the millions under evacuation orders.

Other Twitter users, however, have condemned this politicized approach.

DeSantis has not directly responded to the political storm surrounding the event, instead focusing on keeping Floridians informed and safe.


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