On Thursday, GOP Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R.) had an interview that sent Twitter users into a frenzy. The Texas representative was discussing the aftermath of the recent hurricanes.
Rep. Hensarling told CNBC that he does not believe U.S. taxpayers should have to pay for at-risk homes that have been flooded multiple times. Hensarling, who serves as the House Financial Services Chairman, discussed the financial burden that the continual damage has caused. In the past, he has also pointed out that National Flood Insurance Program is a monopoly that "encourages people to live in harm's way."
He said, "We have these repetitive loss properties. So for example, we have one property outside of Baton Rouge [Louisiana] that has a modest home worth about $60,000 that's flooded over 40 times. The taxpayers have paid almost half a million dollars for it."
He added, "If all we do is force federal taxpayers to build the same home in the same fashion in the same location and expect a different result, we all know that is the classic definition of insanity."
Hensarling suggested that homeowners near flood-prone areas should consider either relocating or building more resilient homes. Then, he made a comment that has caused an eruption of criticism on Twitter.
He said, "At some point, God is telling you to move."
While Hensarling was aiming to offer a solution for the bankrupt National Flood Insurance program, Twitter users only wanted to criticize the representative's word choice. Below are a few of the responses:
Many commenters on the situation took Hensarling's remarks entirely out of context, claiming that he was blaming the floods on God. The representative has yet to respond to the vast criticism.
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