(CNSNews.com) – Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent comments about giving hurricane aid “based on equity” is “the definition of discrimination,” and it’s “incredibly racist,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) said on Sunday.
“It’s literally the definition of discrimination. Hurricanes don't see color. Hurricanes don't see political affiliation. Hurricanes don't see gender. All they see is destruction along the coast where they hit, and it is incredibly racist,” Mace told Fox News’ “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy.”
“Can you imagine someone saying the exact opposite that only whites and men should get hurricane resources first? I mean that’s crazy town, and the fact that the vice president of theUnited States is making those kinds of comments shows a lack of leadership,” the congresswoman said.
“Everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, their gender, their orientation, where they live, their zip code should have access to hurricane funding and resources and clean up, and that’s what should happen in this country. We shouldn’t see it through the lens of color like the vice president does,” she said.
When asked how the government can appropriate aid based on need, the congresswoman told Fox News, “I can't imagine that we won't have to appropriate more for the states and territories that have been the most affected.
“If you look at Florida alone, we’re talking about the most expensive disaster in history in the state of Florida – billions of dollars, and yet, when we voted for the continued resolution on Friday, we sent billions overseas rather than those here at home for those who need it the most to recover from this disaster,” Mace said.
“So I can't imagine we won't need more funding than what’s already been appropriated for natural disasters, looking at the devastation in Puerto Rico and Florida, and even along the coast of South Carolina, and I want to thank governor Ron DeSantis. I want to thank Governor Henry McMaster, those who’ve been on front lines leading their states through the crisis, through enormous challenges. They’ve both done a great job,” she said.
As CNSNews.com reported, during a discussion with Priyanka Chopra at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Friday, the vice president responded to a question on the Biden administration’s efforts to respond to Hurricane Ian and to address climate change:
“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, and if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work,” Harris said.