President Donald Trump has proven on multiple occasions that he is anything but presidential; however, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it seems he also completely lacks compassion and sensitivity.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday to spread encouragement to those impacted by the storm. Alas, these efforts failed miserably.
While in Texas, Trump sang the praises of FEMA administrator Brock Long. But, rather than speaking directly about the work that Long has done during this disaster, Trump chose to shift the focus to how “famous on television” Long has become in the last few days.
President Trump on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas: "We want to do it better than ever before” https://t.co/ug5sDWLyw2— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 29, 2017
If that wasn’t tone-deaf enough, he later addressed a crowd of Hurricane Harvey victims outside a Corpus Christi firehouse and boasted, “What a crowd, what a turnout,” while standing on top of a truck overlooking the spectators who, presumably, thought he was going to say something profound.
According to Salon, after receiving a briefing on Houston relief efforts, Trump said, “It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before.”
“We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as: This is the way to do it,” he added.
Well Mr. President, with your comments about fame and crowd sizes in the midst of a natural disaster, you are not showing Americans “the way to do it.”
Twitter wasted no time dragging Trump for his insensitive choice of words.
Huge crowd of Trump supporters has lined up outside firehouse, where Trump spoke in front of large colorful charts, a firetruck & boat. pic.twitter.com/ge65cZQwWQ— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) August 29, 2017
His mind is diseased. Americans are just props for @realDonaldTrump 's ego-stroking fantasy.— Iridule (@MixSort) August 29, 2017
Because it's all about HIM. Always!— S. Cohen (@Redrchr61) August 29, 2017
I bet you think this hurricane is about you. https://t.co/irL0QbJc1q— quinta b. (@quintabrunson) August 29, 2017
Over last 24 hours, Trump has talked about ...— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 29, 2017
2) Crowd size
... All while discussing Harvey.
“What a crowd. What a turnout.” pic.twitter.com/KeEe6rQO8h— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) August 29, 2017
“What a crowd. What a turnout.” pic.twitter.com/tklmRcXOjj— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) August 29, 2017
“What a crowd. What a turnout.” pic.twitter.com/Ko89xRLxl2— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) August 29, 2017
[Clinton & W. survey Haiti earthquake damage:]— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) August 29, 2017
"What a crowd. What a turnout." pic.twitter.com/h1kHYbagWP
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