Ron DeSantis hammers Joe Biden for Hawaii fire response

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'He's asked about it and he says, "Oh, no comment."'

During a speech in Georgia, Florida’s Governor blasted President Joe Biden for failing to pay enough attention to fires in Hawaii.

Ron DeSantis told an Atlanta crowd the President was derelict in addressing the “utter devastation” and that the “media” gives him a free pass because he’s a Democrat.

“You have these horrible fires in Hawaii and you know, my wife and I actually, we did our honeymoon in Maui way back in the day,” DeSantis said.

“It’s a great, great area. Just utter devastation. And Biden, what is he doing? He ends up on the beach and then he’s asked about it and he says, ‘Oh, no comment.'”

The Governor argued coverage of Biden’s response is proof of a double standard.

“If a Republican had tried to do that, what do you think the media would do? They would go crazy. In fact, they would blame the Republican for the fires happening in the first place,” DeSantis said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Biden’s initial response to a shouted question in a public place notwithstanding, the President approved a major disaster declaration last week. President Biden and the First Lady will head to Hawaii this Monday, meanwhile, to survey damage and discuss the next steps in Maui’s recovery from the fires.

DeSantis has allocated state resources also. He spoke on Thursday to Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, and “Florida has deployed specialized K-9s and handlers from Florida’s USAR Teams to Maui.”

The Governor “offered any resources they may need in the coming days and weeks. Florida stands with the people of Hawaii,” he added in a post on the X social media platform.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


17 comments

  • My Take

    August 18, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    DeSSlimetis didn’t do like his adored Trump, blame Hawaii for “not raking their forests”?

  • Tjb

    August 18, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    Should we remind DeSantis on his lack of response to the 1000 year flood in Broward earlier this year.
    Ron is hypocrite and loser.

    • Charee

      August 20, 2023 at 9:09 am

      Yes.

    • Jeffrey Ward

      August 20, 2023 at 5:00 pm

      Can any of us motorists forget being stranded after flooding in South Florida for days without gas while our guv was vacationing/campaigning in South Carolina. He never showed up and did nothing to help.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 18, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    And were he still in congress, Desantis would vote against sending any aid just like he did after Hurricane Sandy.

  • Michael K

    August 18, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Anything to grab a headline, no matter how pathetic. Hey Ron, remember Hurricane Sandy when you voted against federal aid?

  • Georgia

    August 18, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Where was DeathSantis when Sanibel Island was hit ?? Out of state politicking on taxpayer dollars. He needs to STFU

  • JD

    August 18, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    Where was he when Collier thru Pinellas counties were destroyed?

    And then he was there with his hand out to FEMA from Biden after the fact, like some petulant teenager that wrecked his 3rd car and Daddy Biden is stroking a check for a new one. All the while he’s bragging to his buddy and the girl, he wants to bang about how his “Daddy” better do it or he will kick his ass.

    Who’s your Daddy Ron? Biden is of course. We all know that.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    August 18, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    Good evening Dook 4 Brains Leftys,
    Its interesting that the majority of the govornment in Hawaii along with the White House is deemed to be Dook 4 Brains Leftys and thus are spared the accusations of the murder of over 1000 Hawaiian Citizens as would be the case if good honest Conservatives were in charge.
    Enjoy your few more months you filthy animals.
    Our Great Nation will soon be under the fair and watchfull eye of The Great Ron Desantis for the next 8 glorious years.
    Say your prayers you Dook 4 Brains Filthy Animals.
    Earl Pitts “The Most Truthfull” American

    • Silly Wabbit

      August 18, 2023 at 9:20 pm

      You kwazy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      August 18, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      Stewpid, too.

    • My Take

      August 18, 2023 at 10:00 pm

      The Great Ron Desantis for the next 8 glorious years
      ====
      It would be like a cosmic sewer backed up.
      Hail Fecalia!

    • JD

      August 19, 2023 at 8:03 am

      Biden is DickSantis’ Daddy and you know it.

      He has to wear cowboy boots even to look the man in the eye.

      PWNed by the Left and Disney.

      Enjoy Earl.

  • My Take

    August 18, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Did he mention Jewish space lasers by any chance?

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 19, 2023 at 4:04 am

    As if?! Desantis has failed at providing leadership for the damage from hurricanes . Yes Desantis it is Your Responsibility!

  • Ocean Joe

    August 20, 2023 at 8:40 am

    The gold standard for disaster response failure was Katrina.
    Typical Republican appointing an unqualified donor to a serious position. “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

    Looks like the Dems copied the idiocy of W, by appointing a hack who claimed sirens would have made it worse.

    Desantis sniping at Biden is par for the course. Who can forget Trump slow walking aid to California because they didn’t vote for him, when in fact the folks who lived in the areas affected actually did. Or Desantis voting against relief for victims of Sandy.

    How do people continue to vote for the morons?

  • Charee

    August 20, 2023 at 9:09 am

    How can he talk when he never responded to the floods in Davie, FL?

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