In typical, disgusting, Trumpian fashion our reality television star president has exploited a tragic natural disaster to stage a series of inane photo ops.
Yesterday, Trump flew down to Texas in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Harvey. The most remarkable moment was when he held a miniature campaign rally and lauded the “great turnout.” Rather than focusing on the victims and relief work, he took the opportunity to once again inflate his turgid ego.
Newsweek just revealed that unlike President Obama and his predecessors, Trump didn’t meet with a single victim of the hurricane.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, President Obama consoled victims. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush consoled victims. In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, soon-to-be President Clinton consoled victims. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Trump tried to peddle hats.
According to Glenn Thrush of The New York Times, Trump didn’t even get wet, except when he was disembarking Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews. It’s a stunning revelation considering that estimates state that some 20 trillion gallons of water will have fallen by the time the storm dissipates.
"The only time Trump or any of us got wet was at Andrews," — from a person who flew with POTUS to Texas on Tuesday.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 30, 2017
Trump’s actions once again demonstrate an almost pathological inability to lead, as well as a disturbing lack of compassion. He flew down, snapped some photos, and left. The people of Texas deserved better.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.