Washington — Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida declined to criticize former President Donald Trump’s recent comments attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, arguing that the former president was about the harmful effects of inflation on low-income families. When he claimed that McConnell has a “death wish” after supporting a short-lived government funding bill.
In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Scott was asked whether he was concerned about the level of division in the country and threats against elected officials by Trump and Georgia’s Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene targeting McConnell and Democrats. Seeing you will reprimand. Scott, who is chairman of the campaign arm of Senate Republicans, said political leaders should focus on “how to bring everyone together.”
“I believe what President Trump was talking about is that we can’t spend money,” Scott said. “We are going to hurt our poorest families the most with this reckless Democrat spending and we have to stop it. We can’t afford theirs.”
In a post on his social media platform Truth Social on Friday night, Trump criticized McConnell for voting in favor of aTo fund the federal government until mid-December, claiming that the Kentucky Republican has a “death wish.” Trump also made a derogatory remark about McConnell’s wife, Ellen Chao, who also served as Trump’s secretary of transportation, writing, “He should immediately seek help and advice from his China-loving wife, Coco Chow! “
Asked if he condemned Trump’s provocative remarks, Scott said the former president often gives nicknames to other people.
“He gives people nicknames. I’m sure he has a nickname for me,” said the Florida Republican. “So you can ask them what they mean by their surnames, I want to make sure that’s what I can do. I do my best to bring people together, and I try to bring people together.” I’m going to try.”
Scott also declined to directly address the comments Green made during a rally with Trump in Michigan on Saturday. The Congresswoman claimed that the Democrats “want the Republicans to die, and they have already started the killings.”
The Florida senator said he did not see Green’s remarks. He then tried to divert the conversation toward Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments about the need for equality in the distribution of aid to those affected by Hurricane Ian.
“I think what we have to do is bring us all together. I would also say that on the contrary, Harris said yesterday – or the day before the day after – that, you know, if your skin tone is different So, you’re going to be relieved,’ said Scott.
He later added: “But it’s also not helpful what the vice president says when he thinks FEMA is going to treat people differently based on the color of their skin.”
Harris said during the Democratic National Committee’s women’s leadership forum that the Biden administration must provide resources “on an equity basis.”
“It is our lowest-income communities and our communities of color that are most affected by these extreme situations and are affected by issues that are not their own,” she said. “We have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding that everyone is the same. Doesn’t start from the spot.”
However, Scott said the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which assists those affected, “must be color blind.”
“FEMA has to provide assistance to everyone,” he said.
one inFEMA Administrator Dean Criswell said on “Face the Nation” that she is focused on removing barriers to accessing the agency’s programs for all those in need of relief in the wake of natural disasters.
“These people who need our help the most will be able to access the help we offer. I know the Vice President and the President, they share the same values,” she said. “And then, I was on the field Friday and Saturday, and I committed to the governor that we’re going to provide aid to all Floridians because we know there are people who are completely devastated by the storm. We are going to be there to support everyone who needs help.”
Criswell said FEMA’s programs support “everybody.”
“I believe some of the things the Vice President was talking about are long-term recovery and rebuilding these communities to be able to withstand disasters so they can have less impact, ” He continued. “We’re going to support all communities. I’ve committed to the governor, I commit to you right here that all Floridians are going to be able to get the help available to them through our programs.”