Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) appeared on CNN on Friday where he spoke with host Wolf Blitzer about Hurricane Dorian.
Beyer was asked to point out the difference between Trump’s responses when Hurricane Dorian was expected to hit Puerto Rico versus Florida.
“Well,” Beyer said. “Part of it’s that Florida could be a swing state in 2020 and part of it is Florida is not an island full of people of color.”
“I don’t really criticize his sticking up and trying to modify the impacts of the hurricane on Florida. I just wish that he would be even-handed when it comes to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” Beyer said.
Trump gave two completely different responses when it came to Puerto Rico and Florida. Just earlier this week he attacked Puerto Rico for almost getting hit by the hurricane.
“We are tracking closely tropical storm Dorian as it heads, as usual, to Puerto Rico. FEMA and all others are ready, and will do a great job. When they do, let them know it, and give them a big Thank You – Not like last time. That includes from the incompetent Mayor of San Juan!” he said.
Trump canceled his upcoming visit to Poland in response to the possible impact on Florida.
“It’s something very important for me to be here,” Trump said. “The storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed.”
Take a look at Beyer’s comments in the video clip below:
Democratic Rep. Don Beyer on the President’s differing tone on the hurricane threat to Puerto Rico versus Florida and Georgia: “Part of it’s that Florida could be a swing state in 2020. And part of it is Florida is not an island full of people of color.” pic.twitter.com/vJPI2ffoEF
— CNN (@CNN) August 29, 2019