Vice President Kamala Harris dodged a question by asking if she could explain what she meant when she said the Biden administration would take “equity” into account when disbursing natural disaster aid.
His comments came Friday after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 storm and in South Carolina as a Category 1 storm. At least 47 people died in Florida after the hurricane made landfall. Harris made the comments at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.
“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are being hit the hardest by these extreme conditions,” Harris said. “We have to approach this in a way that is about resourcing based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also have to fight for equity.”
In a video obtained by Fox News Digital, when asked if he could clarify the comments, he did not answer the question.
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“Vice President, can you clarify what you mean by equity for hurricane relief?” Harris was asked.
Christina Pushaw, director of rapid response for the campaign of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, said on Twitter that Harris’ comment is false.
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“This is false. [Harris’] “The rhetoric is causing undue panic and needs to be cleared up,” Pushaw said. “FEMA’s individual assistance is now available to all Floridians affected by Hurricane Ian, regardless of race or background.”
On Friday, the White House said it is working with DeSantis and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide aid to people affected by Hurricane Ian.
When Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon near Key Coast, Florida, it was just 2 mph away from reaching Category 5 strength.
Caitlin McFall of Fox News contributed to this report.