President “Unity” strikes again!
For all his claims about bringing Americans together when campaigning from his basement, Biden sure hasn’t done much to unite Americans.
Unless accusing Trump supports of being Nazis and declaring he will get governors he dislikes “out of his way” when it suits him constitutes some form of unity for the Dems.
And, speaking of governors that the president has openly stated he will get “out of his way,” it appears Biden can’t even be bothered to phone Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, despite the rather obvious natural disaster unfolding across the Sunshine State.
Instead, Biden called three mayors, per an official White House readout.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. held separate calls today with Mayor Jane Castor of Tampa, Mayor Ken Welch of St. Petersburg, and Mayor Frank Hibbard of Clearwater to discuss preparations for the potential impacts from Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida as a Major Hurricane as soon as Thursday morning,” the readout asserted.
Translation: Biden didn’t call DeSantis, despite calling other governors during other natural disasters.
So, he decided to pass the buck to a FEMA administrator instead.
“President Biden said that he has directed FEMA Administrator Criswell to ensure that all available federal support is surged to prepare in advance and to respond in the aftermath of the storm to augment state and local emergency response efforts, and emphasized the importance of encouraging families to heed evacuation orders,” the readout added.
On top of that, the White House had no rational reason for not calling DeSantis, and neither did the current cheerleader, err, press secretary, for the Biden administration.
As reported by the Daily Wire, the current press secretary’s was unable to clarify … well, anything.
“White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not give any details about why the president has not called DeSantis, and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell dodged a question from a reporter about the matter during the press briefing,” the outlet noted.
Jean-Pierre tends to dodge the details, that’s for sure.
And Mr. Criswell did indeed dodge after being put in a rather unfortunate position.
“In the past … President Biden, excuse me, has made calls to governors in situations of natural disasters. Kay Ivey in Alabama or Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas or the governor of Texas. Is there any, can you articulate I guess, how those determinations are made and why, why it hasn’t been made in this case to have the president call the governor?” the reporter inquired.
Note how clearly Criswell dodges in his response below.
“Yeah, the president is very focused on making sure that the federal family has the right resources available to support this. That is why I contacted the governor right away. And we have a team of my senior leadership that are embedded with the governor to make sure that we’re supporting that,” Criswell brayed.
In other words, Criswell did Biden’s job for him.
DeSantis, as usual, was nonplussed by the White House’s open rancor towards him, though he pummeled the pettiness of the politicization.
“So I have not personally spoken with the president, but FEMA has approved our pre-landfall request,” DeSantis remarked, affirming Criswell’s assertion.
DeSantis remained largely upbeat while throwing serious shade at the president, emphasizing the favorable relationship with FEMA.
“We feel like we have a good relationship with FEMA. You know, I’m happy to brief the president if he’s interested in hearing what we’re doing in Florida, you know, my view on all this is like you got people’s lives at stake, you got their property at stake, and we don’t have time for pettiness. We got to work together to make sure we’re doing the best job for them.”
“Pettiness” may be the name of CNN’s game, but it surely isn’t during a time of crisis.
Instead, working together and protecting everyone, otherwise known as unifying actions, should be occurring.
While DeSantis aims to unite Floridians, Biden aims to divide them …
Author: Ofelia Thornton