Trump is Shamefully Exploiting Devastation from Hurricane to Make Himself Look Good

Just prior to Hurricane Harvey making landfall on the Texas coast and the devastation that’s followed, I sent out the following tweet:

Sadly, I was right.



Here are most of the tweets Trump’s sent out since Thursday as of 8 pm Sunday (when I’m writing this):

Notice a pattern?

In nearly every one of those tweets Trump was trying to make himself and his administration look competent. He made sure to repeatedly emphasize how bad the storm is, then usually followed that up with something along the lines of, “Oh, look at what we’re doing!”



That’s how low the bar has been set for this administration; it’s noteworthy when they don’t screw something up.

I had to laugh at his tweet where he said “life and safety” are what’s important, that’s why he’s going to wait to visit Texas. Then-candidate Trump apparently didn’t share that feeling when, against the request of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, he visited flood-ravaged Baton Rouge. I guess at that time getting a photo-op for his campaign was more important than “life and safety.”

It’s also important to note some things Trump hasn’t tweeted as of me writing this. Nothing from the Red Cross, The Weather Channel, the NOAA, or any sort of contact information people needing help might use to find it.

After all, I guess it’s much more “important” for Trump to repeatedly talk about how strong the storm is, or retweeting news bits about it posted by Fox News, rather than life-saving tips from the NOAA or the American Red Cross like these:

You see, tweeting those valuable, and potentially life-saving, pieces of information out doesn’t do anything to make him or his administration look better or more competent.

Nope.

From the get-go Trump cowardly exploited this storm to try to distract people from his shameful pardon of racist former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and the ban on transgender Americans serving in the military he signed on Friday. Since then, he’s posted an abnormal number of tweets, mostly playing up the severity of the storm — followed almost immediately by bragging about his administration’s response.

Oh, that’s when he wasn’t tweeting out his usual, petty divisive/dishonest/self-indulgent comments such as:

Such great “leadership.” Even as one of the most catastrophic storms in history devastates the lives of millions of people, Trump couldn’t resist spewing his usual bile.

While I’m glad it seems, at least thus far, that officials are responding to this disaster the best way they can given the circumstances, leave it to a scumbag like Trump to exploit this tragedy to distract people from his appalling pardon of a racist and disgraceful banning of transgender Americans from serving in the military, while trying to use the life-risking hard work of others to make his incompetent administration look better.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • james brill

    A real entertainer would go stand in the storm for us.

  • Mark Stone

    I have to wonder if Donnie Tee would be so concerned if this were happening in a state where he lost. Nah probably not, you know because all those illegal voters who voted against him don’t deserve help.

  • strayaway

    This is terrible! Trump must be the first President who ever politicized a relief effort. The horror! Meanwhile, NBC criticized Trump for going to Texas too early thereby wasting a perfectly good prewritten article about how Trump didn’t seem to care. Also, the BBC is reporting that Melania showed up in Texas wearing an inappropriate choice of shoes.