MSNBC host Joy Reid is ripped for comparing Florida residents fleeing Hurricane Ian to illegal migrants flooding over the border in ‘shameful’ attempt to politicize the natural disaster
- The MSNBC host said Governor Ron DeSantis would have to do more than just ‘own the libs’ as Florida prepared for Hurricane Ian
- Reid was criticized for comparing the 2.5 Floridians under evacuation orders to the hoards of illegal migrants streaming across the US southern border
- Reid and some of her liberal media pundit colleagues have been slammed for attempting to politicize the life-threatening hurricane as it makes landfall
MSNBC host Joy Reid faced backlash for a comment she made Tuesday evening comparing Floridians evacuating ahead of Hurricane Ian to the illegal migrants flooding the US border.
Reid was slammed online for politicizing the natural disaster, which has so far left 650,000 Floridians without power, and imperiled the lives and livelihoods of millions more.
On the Tuesday edition of The ReidOut, the host remarked that Governor Ron DeSantis (R) would have to pause ‘owning the libs’ in order to manage the natural disaster impacting his state.
DeSantis was governor of Florida throughout the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and oversaw a successful mitigation effort and reopening of its economy. He also oversaw the response to Hurricane Sally, which struck the Florida panhandle in September 2020.
‘It’s a bit ironic now that you might have Floridians having to pour over the borders and go north and get out of the state of Florida in the exact same crisis we have been talking about on a trolling level in that state for a long time,’ said Reid.
‘Be careful about attacking people who have to move to save their own lives and safety, because you never know…when it’s your people who have to migrate, when it’s your people who have to get on that road,’ she added.
MSNBC host Joy Reid said Tuesday night on her show that Floridians fleeing Ian were similar to illegal migrants flooding the US border
Traffic on Interstate 4 in Tampa on Tuesday as some Floridians left the area before Ian’s arrival
Hurricane Ian passed over Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West overnight Sept. 27, causing flood damage and made landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon
About 2.5 million Floridians were under evacuation orders before the Category 4 storm made landfall Wednesday afternoon with winds of up to 155 mph.
Online critics were quick to attack Reid’s clunky comparison and politicization of a natural disaster.
‘Oh, let’s wring some partisan politics out of a natural [absolutely nothing to do with carbon emissions] disaster. What a hack,’ wrote one Twitter user.
‘Even in the face of impending disaster, they can’t leave politics for a day’ wrote another.
‘I wonder why these channels with no listeners/ watchers insist on employing the dimmest people in the nation?’ wrote a third.
Reid was one of a number of liberal media pundits who ferociously attacked DeSantis for sending several dozen illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this month to protest the Biden administration’s failure to respond to the crisis at the southern border.
Reid’s desire to drag Hurricane Ian into the American left-right political landscape came just before her left-wing media colleague Don Lemon at CNN pushed a talking point about climate change on a NOAA hurricane expert.
The acting director of the National Hurricane repeatedly shut Lemon down and the interaction garnered a similar amount of online vitriol and mockery.
Illegal migrants from Venezuelan were put on planes paid for by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and sent to the wealthy island enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in protest of Biden’s failed border response