President Donald Trump made a visit to Texas on Tuesday for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and to show support to the many residents affected by the storm.
However, according to Newsweek, these efforts fell flat as he didn’t meet with one single storm victim during his trip.
He addressed a crowd of Texas supporters outside of a firehouse in Corpus Christi, but even while speaking to them, he shifted attention away from the storm to brag about how big the crowd of spectators was.
Trump has since received criticism for making the trip more about himself than the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Over last 24 hours, Trump has talked about ...— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 29, 2017
2) Crowd size
... All while discussing Harvey.
The scrutiny continued with comparisons of former presidents who each made a point to comfort victims of a natural disaster or national tragedy that occurred during their presidencies.
What a contrast. This is Obama after Sandy.— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) August 29, 2017
This is Trump after Harvey "rally": “What a crowd, what a turnout” pic.twitter.com/W7BE42Cgl5
Didn't. Meet. With. Any. Victims. pic.twitter.com/ZHVy4oZBS8— Talia (@2020fight) August 30, 2017
Remember when Trump emotionally embraced victims of a Hurricane like Pres Obama did? Nah, me neither pic.twitter.com/eNyBFJQzYx— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@Deanofcomedy) August 29, 2017
Just in case you were unsure, Trump flew to Texas and did not meet with a single hurricane victims.— Dane Rauschenberg (@SeeDaneRun) August 30, 2017
But he had a rally.
Following his response to the chaos that ensued in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month and this uninspiring Texas visit, it has become very apparent that Trump lacks empathy and fails to recognize the proper way for a president to react to a tragedy.
This could have been a defining moment for Trump's presidency — an opportunity to at least appear compassionate and presidential. Alas, he totally dropped the ball and only made himself look coldhearted and narcissistic.
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