While visiting with a flood victim in Houston today, Trump misguidedly told a supporter, “You just became famous” by virtue of being seen with the President.
"You just became famous," Trump tells supporter in Houston neighborhood that had been hit by flooding pic.twitter.com/LVv0ml1y5A
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) September 2, 2017
Harvey has already been called one of the “worst disasters in Texas history” by FEMA Director William “Brock” Long. The fact that the President, then, thinks that these victims are by any stretch of the imagination seeking “fame” goes to show just how out of touch Trump is with everyday Americans. Many of these people lost their homes, cars, even family members in the devastation. And Trump thinks they care about being on television or having a photo posted on Twitter.
Trump’s blatantly visible trip to Houston comes in response to criticism for failing to meet with even one flood victim after his initial trip to the area. As a result, the President has been staging transparent photo-ops throughout the city to show America just how “present” he is for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
While the fact that a man who has boasted about everything from his crowd size to his Twitter following thought that a photo-op amid the devastation of Harvey would be appropriate is humiliating, it is not surprising in the least.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.