As menacing storm approaches Florida, Rachel Vindman tweets, ‘We should use they/them pronouns for hurricane Ian to annoy DeSantis’

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As Hurricane Ian chugs toward Florida with the potential to wreak havoc when it plows through the state, Rachel Vindman, the wife of Alexander S. Vindman, issued a tweet jokingly suggesting that people should refer to the storm using “they/them pronouns” in a bid to irritate GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“We should use they/them pronouns for hurricane Ian to annoy DeSantis,” Rachel Vindman tweeted on Tuesday morning. “I appreciate the danger of this storm which only serves to underscore the point that electing leaders who only divert their attention away from destroying systems [in order to score political points] to emergencies, isn’t helpful when there is a true crisis,” she added in another tweet.

In another post, Vindman, who is a co-host of “The Suburban Women Problem” podcast, said that her tweet was “not a hurricane joke,” but “a DeSantis joke because DeSantis is a joke.”

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DeSantis, who took office in 2019, is currently running for reelection during the state’s 2022 gubernatorial contest.

The hurricane could inflict serious damage in the Sunshine State. The National Hurricane Center has warned that “Life-Threatening Storm Surge, Catastrophic Winds and Flooding [are] Expected in the Florida Peninsula.”

“Ahead of #HurricaneIan, 5,000 Florida Guardsmen have been activated and pre-positioned at armories across the state to serve Floridians and run response operations. Thank you for your service to our state,” a tweet on DeSantis’ @GovRonDeSantis Twitter account notes.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) mentioned the hurricane on Tuesday while saying that Democrats need to win during the midterms. “We just did something about climate change for the first time in decades. That’s why we’ve gotta win this, as that hurricane bears down on Florida, we gotta win in the midterms,” Klobuchar said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

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