‘Uh, no, you’re actually wrong’: Andrea Mitchell brutally schooled while politicizing disaster relief

Andrea Mitchell seemed to bit off more than she could chew when she tried to politicize federal disaster relief while pointing a finger at a FEMA administrator.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long fact-checked Mitchell as she repeatedly tried to lecture him on the agency’s responsibilities and spewed Democratic talking points to spin her political narrative.

But the fact is, just after Katrina, there was terrible infrastructure in parts of New Orleans. That is a federal responsibility. These are American citizens,” the MSNBC host said.

“Uh, no, you’re actually wrong on that,” Long corrected. “It’s not a federal responsibility to upkeep the infrastructure. Actually most of the infrastructure in this company is owned by the private sector.”

“If you remember when I went back for the third supplemental after Congress I had to ask for special authority — that’s never been done before — to fix the deferred maintenance or the infrastructure that was allowed to rot. So we don’t own it,” Long added.

“But the emergency response is the responsibility, is the point I’m trying to make. Let me ask you about red tape,” Mitchell countered, citing Puerto Rico and the government’s response to last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria. Democrats have spent the last few days hammering President Trump and his administration’s handling of the disaster response to that emergency.

“I am sorry, ma’am. When it came to the amount of food, water and commodities that we put on the island, we put over $2 billion of commodities into Puerto Rico,” Long shot back, schooling Mitchell on the facts.  “If anyone is depending on FEMA to be the sole and only responder, that is not right, and that is what were trying to correct.”

“When $10 million is taken out of the FEMA budget and reallocated to ICE for detention facilities right before the hurricane season, those questions are being asked right now in the appropriation committee by Democratic senators.,” Mitchell interjected, echoing Democrat rhetoric that has been bashing Trump over a decision to allegedly redirect funding.

“Yeah. You know, right now that money has nothing to do with what you see behind you. It doesn’t pay for the response, it is not coming out of the disaster relief fund, it has no impact on our efforts to be prepared in Florence,” Long again corrected the MSNBC host. “Unfortunately, we have a congressman that is playing politics on the back of Florence. There’s no story there.”

The FEMA administrator defended the agency earlier in an interview on “Good Morning America” where co-host Robin Roberts grilled him about Puerto Rico.

“Look, you know, the effort into Puerto Rico was a huge effort by the federal government. The problem is is that FEMA was the only responder going in and we were the first responder and that’s not the way that disaster response and recovery works,” he explained.

But liberals aren’t really looking for answers as they continue their spin often based on talking points and, in the case of Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a step outside of reality.

The Illinois Democrat lambasted Trump Wednesday about his actions and response to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence – which was still two days from making landfall somewhere along the eastern coast of the Carolinas as he spoke.

Facts don’t always seem to penetrate the egos of liberals like Andrea Mitchell, but it’s entertaining to watch the lies getting knocked down.

Watch the full segment of Brock’s interview with Mitchell in the MSNBC video below:


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