Elon Musk called out Vice President Kamala Harris for remarks she made about how disaster relief would be given after Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida and South Carolina.
You can’t make this up.
Kamala Harris said the administration will be giving hurricane resources “based on equity” by directing funds to “communities of color.”
I guess everyone else is just screwed. 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/75y4JfoYD7
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 30, 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 concerning the disaster left in the wake of Hurricane Ian. “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.”
Harris was clearly stating that federal aid would go to minorities and communities of color for the sake of equity rather than to people in general for the sake of need.
Entrepreneur and Tesla founder Elon Musk had a simple reply: “Should be according to the greatest need, not race or anything else.”
Harris was speaking with Priyanka Chopra at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. when she made her comments, but the tone deaf nature of her rhetoric was felt by many, especially in Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rapid response director, Christina Pushaw quickly responded to Harris’ statement with one of her own: “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.”
Sadanand Dhume, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said, “real people don’t talk like this. If a hurricane hits a state, we should expect the government to help all those affected: black, brown white, purple, green.”
Harris also said, later in her speech, “And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work.”
When tragedy strikes in America, people unite and cross political, racial, and economic barriers to help each other. Rhetoric like Harris’ has the tendency to put those barriers back up and block the good that can come even from tragedies.