Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc on Florida after it made landfall as a Category Four hurricane on Wednesday.
Apocalyptic scenes are emerging from all across the Sunshine State.
And a reporter tried to politicize Hurricane Ian by asking Ron DeSantis one question that he instantly regretted.
On Thursday morning, Ron DeSantis announced that over two-million Floridians were without power after Hurricane Ian’s landfall on Wednesday afternoon.
The number increased to nearly 2.7 million by Thursday afternoon as Hurricane Ian slowly made its way over the state.
Ron DeSantis and other state emergency officials are providing frequent updates on the storm to the public.
In the days leading up to Hurricane Ian’s landfall, Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency and held regular press conferences each day where he updated reporters on preparation efforts.
One reporter tried to politicize the Hurricane before it even made landfall by asking DeSantis about concerns some had over the state’s response to preparing for the storm.
DeSantis put the press on notice that he will not tolerate playing politics with Hurricane Ian.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” DeSantis said. “Give me a break. That is nonsense. Stop politicizing. Okay? Stop it,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis pointed out that Florida declared a state of emergency well in advance of the storm making landfall.
“I don’t think we’ve ever — certainly since I’ve been Governor — declared a state emergency this early,” he said, before adding that “we made sure that we were very inclusive with it.”
DeSantis then mentioned all the hard work people from each county were putting in to help prepare for the hurricane’s landfall.
“We’ve had people in here,” DeSantis said. “You’ve had counties doing — they’ve done a lot of hard work.”
However, DeSantis said he will not tolerate the press attacking the folks who are working hard to make sure Florida is prepared for Hurricane Ian.
“Honestly, you’re trying to attack me, I get,” DeSantis said. “But like, you’re attacking these other people who’ve worked very hard and so that’s just totally false.”
The media can't help themselves – everything must be politicized. No opportunity to smear opponents is too low. This reporter misrepresented FEMA Director's words@RonDeSantisFL won't accept it. He'll always stand up for Florida & our world class emergency response professionals pic.twitter.com/Uemzm5vcPH
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 #FloridaStrong (@DeSantisWarRoom) September 27, 2022
Christina Pushaw, who serves as Rapid Response Director for DeSantis’ re-election campaign, is helping the Governor try to keep the press from politicizing Hurricane Ian.
After POLITICO attempted to bring politics into it before the storm even made landfall, Pushaw ripped them on Twitter and praised Florida’s emergency management personnel.
“Florida has some of the world’s best emergency management leadership and personnel,” Pushaw wrote. “Governor DeSantis and his team are doing everything possible to ensure our state is prepared. Sorry to disappoint liberal media activists who are constantly cheering for the destruction of Florida.”
Florida has some of the world's best emergency management leadership and personnel. Governor DeSantis and his team are doing everything possible to ensure our state is prepared. Sorry to disappoint liberal media activists who are constantly cheering for the destruction of Florida https://t.co/ObXiqskPyw
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) September 27, 2022
The left-wing press tried to politicize Hurricane Ian.
But Ron DeSantis made them back off for now.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.