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VP Harris creates a stir by saying extreme climate event resources should be given based on 'equity'

As is often the case with VP Kamala Harris, determining exactly what she was trying to say is a trial unto itself.

Harris met with actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum to discuss various topics. Among those were questions about the impact of climate change among minority populations, and the response to Hurricane Ian was specifically mentioned.


The exchange led to much confusion on Twitter about what VP Harris was actually saying.

What is clear is that Harris believes ‘equity’ should be a factor in determining how resources are allocated because, in her view, poor communities and communities of people of color are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts.

Not clear to many on Twitter who viewed the exchange, however, was whether Kamala Harris was saying equity should be a factor in the ongoing relief efforts for Hurricane Ian. It’s not, of course. FEMA provides assistance to those currently in need, regardless of income or race.

This tweet and others like it created quite a stir on Twitter as users tried to unwrap what Harris was saying.

Context is important. Harris’s full comments did not imply that the Biden administration would be doling out resources to ‘communities of color’, based on equity, in response to Ian specifically. View the larger portion of the comments here to make your own determination. (Oddly, the video link does not work on C-SPAN’s website. Clicking the link displays a ‘Program not available’ message.)


It was clear, however, that her viewpoint in the broader picture of impacts that she attributes to climate change is that resources should be allocated based on these factors. Not great.

The poorly timed statements from the VP and Twitter’s subsequent mischaracterization of them (in this editor’s view), put Ron DeSantis campaign rock star, Christina Pushaw, into cleanup mode.

To be fair, it appears it was a combination of Vice President Word Salad and Twitter’s unwrapping of her comments that caused the confusion.


Yep, that’s where we are.

Again, Harris didn’t quite exactly say the administration will be doing this, but it’s clearly her opinion that they should be, which is a significant admission.

Sometimes you DO have to be a rocket scientist to understand what VP Harris is trying to say.

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