Reporter Tries To Politicize Hurricane, DeSantis Fires Back

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) fired back at a reporter who tried to politicize the hurricane that is currently approaching the state, which has the potential to inflict serious damage.

“FEMA Administrator [Deanne] Criswell said today that she acknowledged concerns that Florida [inaudible] lacks response to the storm so far and that–” the reporter began.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Give me a break,” DeSantis responded. “That is nonsense. Stop politicizing, okay? Stop it. We declared a state of emergency when this thing wasn’t even formed.”

The governor went on to slam the reporter — saying that, while he understands the reporter “trying to attack” him, his comments are also an attack on “other people who’ve worked very hard.” DeSantis then discussed the actions he and others within Florida have taken in regards to the hurricane.

“We’ve had people in here, you’ve had counties doing, they’ve done a lot of hard work and honestly, you’re trying to attack me, I get, but like you’re attacking these other people who’ve worked very hard,” he said. “And so that’s just totally false.

“I don’t think we’ve ever, certainly since I’ve been governor, declared a state emergency this early,” DeSantis added. “We made sure that we were very inclusive with it. We said that there was a lot of uncertainty and then we’ve worked to make sure the preparations that have been done and all the stuff, you talk to the people at the counties, when they’ve needed something, stuff gets there very quickly because of what Kevin and his team have done.”

The reporter’s question came just a few hours after the White House attempted to dodge questions about why President Joe Biden had refused to call DeSantis ahead of Hurricane Ian despite finding time to contact several mayors in Florida.

The president later called the governor after facing backlash for not doing so.