DeSantis Blasts Dems For Using Idalia to Push Climax Hoax – ‘Stop Politicizing the Weather’

Governor Ron DeSantis called out the Left for pushing climate change alarmism in the wake of last week’s destructive Category 3 storm. Hurricane Idalia caused severe damage across Florida’s Big Bend region on Wednesday, causing storm surges over 6 feet and leaving power outages in more than 500,000 accounts. While the state continues its recovery efforts, some Democrats are exploiting the tragedy to advance their agenda.

At a Sunday press conference in Yankeetown, DeSantis spoke out against the Left’s lies, accusing them of trying to “advance their agenda on the backs of people that are suffering.”

“The notion that somehow hurricanes are something new, that’s just false. And we’ve got to stop politicizing the weather and stop politicizing natural disasters,” DeSantis told reporters.

“We know from history there’s been times when it’s very busy in Florida, late ‘40s, early ‘50s, you had a lot of hits of significant hurricanes.”

The Governor cited two storms in Florida’s history–including an 1896 storm and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane–as examples. Both storms, he said, resulted in far more destruction and casualties. The 1935 storm reached 185 mph sustained winds, compared to Idalia’s 125 mph winds.

“So, I think sometimes people need to take a breath and get a little bit of perspective here,” DeSantis said.

“The notion that somehow if we just adopt, you know, very left-wing policies at the federal level that somehow we will not have hurricanes, that is a lie. And that is people trying to take what happened with different types of storms and use that as a pretext to advance their agenda on the backs of people that are suffering. And that’s wrong, and we’re not going to do that in the state of Florida.”

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On Saturday, President Joe Biden touched down in Florida to survey the damage and lecture the public on climate change. While addressing residents in one hurricane-affected area, Biden claimed that climate change had played a role in the disaster and said that “nobody intelligent” could say otherwise.

“Nobody can deny the impact of climate crises — at least nobody intelligent can deny the impact of the climate crisis anymore. Just look around, around the nation and the world, for that matter,” the President said.

“Historic floods, intense droughts, extreme heat, deadly wildfires that have caused serious damage that we’ve never seen before.”

While the White House had reportedly planned for Biden to meet with DeSantis during the trip, the Governor ultimately declined, focusing on Florida’s recovery.

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Speaking at the same press conference on Sunday, DeSantis also addressed the federal government’s role in Florida’s recovery, saying that the state was not “relying” on their support in the day-to-day.

“We are going to do that as Floridians, as people in the counties, municipalities, and, of course, at the state level…

I think that the state of Florida, we prepare for this stuff. We were prepared. We responded. And really what the federal government’s role is just turning on programs Congress has enacted over many, many years.”

The Governor reiterated that Florida was well-prepared for the storm and credited the state’s local communities with stepping up and leading the disaster response.

“I anticipate that [the debris cleanup] will go smoothly, but most of the nuts and bolts is done by our local communities and by the state of Florida. And that’s really how it should be. Disaster response is really bottom up.”

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