You could be wet, standing in four feet of surging waters, without power, with the roof over your head ripped out by the powerful winds of Hurricane Ida, and Donald Trump would not give two whits about you.
Not even enough to contemptuously throw paper towels at you.
That’s the logical conclusion to be derived from the deranged former president’s comments on the Fox News syndicated radio talk show hosted by Todd Starnes.
During an interview on the program, Trump expressed his outrage over the fact that cable news networks dedicated the bulk of their coverage on Sunday evening to the devastation that Hurricane Ida was delivering to Louisiana and other nearby states in real-time.
Forget the millions of lives at risk, Trump implied, it was the failure of Joe Biden’s execution of the withdrawal from Afghanistan — a retreat that the ex-president set in motion with a deal negotiated directly with the Taliban without the participation of the now-defunct Afghan government — that the news networks needed to be hammering home every minute in his self-interested opinion.
“Because Afghanistan is not even something that can be discussed in a rational way,” Trump said. “The level of stupidity — and we had a great agreement. And Biden admitted the other day, he made a mistake because they didn’t want him to say that no people have been killed since this agreement was signed.”
At this point, Donald Trump’s ability to discuss anything at all in a rational way is as dubious as his description of the deal he brokered with the Taliban as “great” when it called for the release from imprisonment of 5,000 members of the Islamic group, soldiers who promptly rejoined the battlefield and allowed the Taliban to take over the country in record time.
In his typically boastful fashion, Trump went on to say that he told the Taliban’s leader that he would immediately send U.S. bombs to destroy their own home if any Americans were killed, and intimated that Biden was too weak a leader to do anything like that.
It was a statement that was immediately belied by the fact of the drone strike that Biden authorized in retaliation for the ISIS-K suicide bomber outside the Kabul airport who killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 90 Afghan civilians.
Still, Trump’s rant moved inexorably toward one of the enduring themes of his years-long propaganda campaign trying to erode trust in any media to the left of the kind of right-wing extremist broadcasts to which he was giving an interview — that it’s all fake news.
“And the media, which is fake and crooked and corrupt, they’re the worst people, they’re the most corrupt people,” Trump declared. “The only thing I don’t understand is why. They’ve got to hate our country. And they are in fact the enemy of the people. But the corrupt media shows the hurricane all night long.”
Those residents in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida — and their friends and relatives concerned for their safety — may beg to differ about the utility of wall to wall coverage of an impending natural disaster, as opposed to the disaster in Afghanistan launched by a Republican president, George W. Bush and set on its inevitable denouement by Trump himself.
Perhaps Trump should get his rubber boots on and gather his arsenal of paper towels and travel to the communities devastated by the latest climate-emergency-enhanced hurricane to make himself useful during the relief efforts.
Anything would be better than having to listen to him continue to whine about how unfairly he’s being treated by the media.
You can watch a video clip of Trump’s radio appearance in the excerpt below.
Original reporting by Sarah K. Burris at RawStory.
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