Republican nominee Donald Trump has planned a last minute campaign stop in Louisiana, presumably prompted by catastrophic floods that have claimed the lives of 13 people and displaced thousands. Democratic governor John Edwards has warned the Trump campaign to stay away from exploiting Louisiana’s tragedy for political gain. He says that Trump will not be welcome in his state unless the sole purpose of his visit is helping the thousands who have lost their homes and all of their possessions, and in some cases their loved ones.
Governor Edwards’s office released this scathing statement:
Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit. We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizeable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.
Unfortunately, Trump is prone to putting personal celebrity and attention over the real needs of the American people. He has built his campaign by exploiting everything from hate towards Muslims and Hispanics to the tragedy of the Orlando shooting. In the wake of Orlando, Trump’s consolations to the devastated local community, and mourning LGBTQ+ community nationwide, was an attempt to profit off of collective grief by smearing President Obama and all those who practices Islam.
If Trump attempt to pull a similar disgusting move in Louisiana we hope that Edwards calls him out for it. It is totally unacceptable for anyone, much less a presidential candidate, to exploit tragedy for personal gain. Frankly, if that is Trump’s tactic, he is not only unwelcome in Louisiana, he should be unwelcome in America.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.