The toxic nature of party politics in America has become so nasty and corrosive that the left has chosen to wield its power over the state of Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian which devastated parts of the state, in particular with federal disaster aid to the suffering victims of the monster storm.
On Sunday, in yet another example of how the mainstream media now functions as an appendage of the ruthless Democrat Party, CNN’s Dana Bash disposed of any semblance of journalistic objectivity when she asked Senator Marco Rubio why other lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee -presumably Democrats – should be expected to agree to federal help for his state.
The Florida Republican joined Bash on “State of the Union” where the natural disaster was a topic, after first bringing up Hurricane Fiona which wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico as a way to put Rubio on the spot about statehood for the U.S. territory, a Democrat dream which would add two more senators, the conversation turned to Florida and Ian.
After Rubio acknowledged that the Biden administration and FEMA were doing their part to assist the victims of the enormously destructive force of nature, Bash then chose to use those who have lost their homes and businesses as political pawns in an increasingly dirty game.
“Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities,” Bash said. “After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package. I know you supported a smaller version but why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn’t vote for a package to help theirs?”
“I’ve always voted for hurricane and disaster relief…,” Rubio answered.
“What I didn’t vote for in Sandy is because they included things like a roof for a museum in Washington D.C., for fisheries in Alaska,” he continued. “It had been loaded up with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with disaster relief,” Rubio said. “And I wouldn’t support disaster relief efforts, I would never put out there that we should go use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country.”
“So I think that’s the key in moments like this,” he said. “And Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy,” referring to the 2012 hurricane that is also known as Superstorm Sandy which made landfall in New Jersey and tore through the upper Northeastern U.S.
“I voted for every disaster relief package, especially that’s clean, and I’ll continue to do so,” Rubio added. “When it comes to Florida, we’ll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn’t have stuff for other people in there.”
One of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the state of Florida, Hurricane Ian was a roaring monster with 155 mph winds – only 2 mph short of a Category 5 – when it made landfall at Cayo Costa, a coastal island near Fort Myers.
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