Vice President Kamala Harris was criticized after claiming that Hurricane Ian relief should be based on race.
Harris shared the remarks on Friday at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum.
Kamala Harris ripped for claiming government's Hurricane Ian relief will prioritize ‘communities of color’ https://t.co/gIT6iWzpfN
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 1, 2022
"It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making," Harris said.
"And if we want people to be in an equal palace, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work," she added.
This is false. @VP's rhetoric is causing undue panic and must be clarified. FEMA Individual Assistance is already available to all Floridians impacted by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background. If you need assistance visit https://t.co/x9X8AstnzL or call 1-800-621-3362. https://t.co/idsw1PX86x
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 30, 2022
The words were blasted by many on social media, including in a post by Christian Pushaw, who works with Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The vice president's words may have played well to her Friday audience, but there are no plans to focus disaster relief based on any other factor than need.