Harris Says Emergency Response Should Be “Based On Equity”

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In the wake of Hurricane Ian’s destruction, Kamala Harris faced backlash after she made shocking remarks about how hurricane relief must be distributed based on equity.

During Friday’s Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Harris said, “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.”

She went on to say, “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place. And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Director of Rapid Response, responded to the video saying, “This is false [Harris’] 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 disasterassistance.gov or call 1800-621-3362”

Later, during a Phoenix Awards Dinner, Kamala was asked, “Can you clarify what you meant about the ‘equity’ for hurricane relief. Kamala gave no response and walked away.