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.
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”
Sen. Klobuchar (D) implies that a Democrat majority would stop hurricanes.
"We've gotta win this as that hurricane bears down on Florida." pic.twitter.com/QVQeGtkAZo
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 27, 2022
Rapid Response Director for Gov. DeSantis, Christina Pushaw, quickly fired back at Klobuchar.
Florida has experienced hurricanes throughout recorded history, before Democrats and Republicans existed. But the Party of Science will never miss an opportunity to play politics with a natural disaster. Gross and shameless. https://t.co/TW5YFQBap9
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 27, 2022
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.
Desantis has ordered Mandatory Evacuations in parts of Florida ahead of Hurricane Ian.
But What about their FREEDOM Gov DeSantis?
You're ordering citizens to protect themselves!!!!
— Agolf Twitler Slayer (@bblock29) September 26, 2022
Another user made a similar hypocrisy claim, blaming DeSantis for not chartering flights for the millions under evacuation orders.
If you are a migrant, Governor DeSantis will fly you on Florida taxpayer's money, out of harm's way to peaceful Martha's Vineyard. If you are a Floridian, you're on your own, in this hurricane.
— Rick Ocean 🇺🇲🇳🇴 Support Ukraine, Save Europe (@RickOceanMusic) September 27, 2022
Other Twitter users, however, have condemned this politicized approach.
Here’s the media praying for Florida to get destroyed by hurricane, just so they can have something to make DeSantis look bad. https://t.co/YiM7hgLesv
— David Reaboi, Late Republic Nonsense (@davereaboi) September 27, 2022
They are like vultures, waiting for a slip. Also, if none are perceived, they will be contrived.
— Beth Debrot (@BethDebrot) September 27, 2022
I guess all the other major hurricanes since 2017 didn’t exist
— Steven Alvarez (@alvie12) September 27, 2022
Left-liberals tend to humorless in the best of times, but it crosses the line from "cringe" to "disrespectful" when they tweet things like this about a potentially devastating natural disaster.
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 27, 2022
DeSantis has not directly responded to the political storm surrounding the event, instead focusing on keeping Floridians informed and safe.
As #HurricaneIan approaches, locally ordered evacuations are in effect. Check your evacuation zone so you and your family can make informed evacuation decisions.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 27, 2022
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