“Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents,” Vitter wrote on Twitter.
The NOLA.com story noted that Katrina, a category five storm that devastated the Gulf Coast, killed 1,833 people and caused more than $145 billion in damage.
Hurricane Sandy, a category 1 storm that badly damaged portions of New York and New Jersey, killed 120 people and caused $80 billion in damage.
Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents. nola.com/politics/index…
— David Vitter (@DavidVitter) January 7, 2013
UPDATE: Reid released a statement on Monday saying he “misspoke.” He also threw a few punches at Republicans.
“In my recent comments criticizing House Republicans for threatening to betray Congress’ tradition of providing aid to disaster victims in a timely fashion regardless of region, I simply misspoke,” he said. “I am proud to have been an advocate for disaster victims in the face of Republican foot-dragging, from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy, from fires in the west to tornadoes in the Midwest.”
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