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Florida Democrats Push Back On False Claims From Media About DeSantis Response To Building Collapse

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Search and Rescue teams look for possible survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building on June 27, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. - The death toll after the collapse of a Florida apartment tower has risen to nine, the local mayor said on June 27, 2021, more than three days after the building pancaked as residents slept. "We were able to recover four additional bodies in the rubble... So I am confirming today that the death toll is at nine," Miami-Dade County mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters in Surfside, near Miami Beach, adding that one victim had died in hospital. "We've identified four of the victims and notified next of kin."
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Leftist politicians and journalists spread false and misleading claims about Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to the building collapse in Miami that were so outrageous that local Florida Democrats have strongly pushed back on their claims.

Washington Post reporter Hannah Dreier was one of the main leftist actors who was spreading false information about DeSantis’ response. In a tweet that gained significant traction online, Drier wrote: “FEMA was ready to deploy to the condo collapse almost immediately, and included the crisis in its daily briefing, but didn’t get permission from Gov. DeSantis to get on the ground for a full day.”

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) “liked” the tweet, which means that millions of her 12.7 million followers on Twitter would see it in their feeds.

FEMA’s National Incident Management System shows that requests for assistance are supposed to be made by local officials to state officials, who then contact federal officials for assistance.

Furthermore, DeSantis signed an executive order declaring an emergency less than an hour after Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levine Cava, a Democrat, signed a local order declaring a state of emergency. Dreier’s claim that it took DeSantis a full day to respond is also false as he approved the emergency declaration on the same day as the incident.

On Sunday, when pressed by far-left NBC host Chuck Todd over whether the state had provided all the support that she needed, Cava said that “the state of Florida has been here in force” and that “we have not lacked for any support.”

Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat politician who recently served as Florida’s Director of Emergency Management, slammed Dreier, writing on Twitter: “FEMA’s mantra is ‘locally executed, state managed, and federal supported.'”

“As the former director in FL who voted for Biden this tweet below is 100% Malarkey,” Moskowitz said. “FEMA would have deployed the federally funded USAR teams, which are located in @MiamiDadeCounty. They were already there.”

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said on Sunday that the town does not have a “resource problem” and that they were “drowning in resources.”

Other far-left journalists in the media appeared to try to mislead people by trying blame DeSantis for the incident by posting side-by-side screenshots of a 2019 tweet from DeSantis where he championed deregulation next to a screenshot of a CNN article, titled: “Engineer raised concerns about ‘major structural damage’ at Florida building a few years before collapse.”

The CNN article specifically noted that the engineer made the warning in a report that was published before DeSantis was governor. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said that he himself has not even seen the report. The report also did not give any indication that the structure was at risk of collapsing.

The Miami Herald, which is often highly critical of DeSantis, reported over the weekend that the firm of the engineer who reported on the structural issues at the facility had created a plan in late Spring 2021 to repair the building as part of a 40-year recertification that is required by Miami-Dade County.

The Miami Herald reported:

Records released Saturday by Surfside show that the 2018 report was forwarded to the town’s building official at the time, Ross Prieto, by a member of the Champlain condo board, Mara Chouela. It wasn’t immediately clear why the board member had shared the document with Prieto; there was no requirement that the report be provided to the town.

The condo association was required to furnish a final 40-year recertification report to Surfside this year, but the town had not yet received it, according to current Surfside building official James McGuinness.

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