(PatrioticPost.com)- Vice President Kamala Harris did not say that funding for Hurricane Ian relief would be prioritized based on skin tone, according to Politifact’s fact-checkers, who also pointed out that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) makes no mention of race or equity in its section on emergency response.
However, the organization explicitly declares in its strategic plan for 2022 to 2026 that it wants to “instill equity as a cornerstone of disaster management, lead the whole community in climate resilience, and promote and sustain a ready FEMA and prepared nation.” This is consistent with the administration of President Biden’s push for parity across all departments.
The vice president explained to Priyanka Chopra Jonas at a DNC event about the White House’s efforts to assist in natural disasters in the US and abroad that our communities of color and those with the lowest incomes are those most affected by these harsh conditions and outside-cause problems. Therefore, we must approach this in a way that prioritizes equitably allocating resources.
She remarked that they have to work in a certain way, “Realizing that not everyone starts at the same place; understanding that as we fight for equality, we also need to fight for equity. And sometimes we must consider those differences and carry out that effort if we want individuals to be in equal positions.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration was working to deliver support to “all areas impacted, period” after the White House had already walked down the remarks.
The White House, however, had made it a “priority to remove obstacles and ensure that everyone, regardless of their zip code, can access federal services,” Jean-Pierre stated.
The assertions are “inaccurate and based on ignoring the whole transcript, as several organizations have pointed out,” Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates wrote in a comment on Fox News Digital. He claimed that the words were being taken out of context.
PolitiFact used a “shortened, out-of-context” excerpt of the vice president’s response to ask how federal aid for Hurricane Ian would be based on race and equity.
On social media, GOP strategist Matt Whitlock called the fact check “hilarious.”