As Florida braces for a likely devastating impact from Hurricane Ian, some Democrats cannot resist the urge to use the impending disaster for their own political gain.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), for example, made an MSNBC appearance on Tuesday during which she suggested that Americans should vote for Democrats in order to avoid climate destruction.
“We just did something about climate change for the first time in decades,” she declared. “That’s why we have to win this as that hurricane bears down on Florida. We have to win in the midterms.”
While her questionable logic surely resonated with others on the left, plenty of high-profile conservatives were outraged, flabbergasted, or some combination of both.
Right-wing radio host Dana Loesch declared Klobuchar’s comment the “new science,” going on to paraphrase the Minnesota Democrat’s message.
“So the hurricane is punishing Floridians for voting Republican, not because it’s a seasonal event and has been happening before this grift,” she wrote. “Nice sentiment … as people are fleeing inland and praying they don’t lose their homes.”
On the topic of homes, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) referenced the Democratic Party’s economic policies in theorizing why they might be the better party for people concerned about climate-related property loss.
“Since you can’t afford a home when Dems are in power, you won’t have to worry about flooding,” he tweeted.
Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ re-election campaign, offered a pair of pithy tweets in response to Klobuchar’s “gross and shameless” comment.
“Florida has experienced hurricanes throughout recorded history, before Democrats and Republicans existed,” Pushaw wrote in the first post. “But the Party of Science will never miss an opportunity to play politics with a natural disaster.”
So the "Inflation Reduction Act" didn't stop inflation, but she expects us to believe it will stop….hurricanes?
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 27, 2022
Fortunately, most elected officials on both sides of the aisle appear willing to put ideological differences aside as the hurricane approaches.
White House press secretary addressed the ongoing disputes between President Joe Biden and DeSantis, asserting that “the most important thing” at the moment is to provide the resources that Floridians need.
“It’s about the people of Florida,” she said. “It’s not about public officials, especially in this time.”