With Hurricane Harvey edging closer to landfall, an enormous amount of people are facing uncertainty head on. Many will have to leave their homes and simply hope and pray for the best.
This is also President Donald Trump’s first major natural disaster (if you don’t consider him an actual natural disaster himself). All eyes are on him. When he could have addressed the nation, allayed some of the fears and concerns of those who have been evacuated and stand the chance of major loss, he chose to tweet a video.
In the video, he didn’t address those in danger directly. It was simply a video playing courageous, bold music that showed Trump in the spotlight addressing FEMA officials, walking grandly through the area, and looking like a great Republican candidate for 2020. Seriously. It looks like a campaign ad.
Along the bottom of the video, a ticker passed by saying, “With Hurricane Harvey approaching landfall, remember – the U.S.A is the most resilient nation on Earth, because we plan ahead. Preparedness is an investment in our future! – President Donald J. Trump.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
Indeed, the U.S. is a resilient nation. However, go tell those affected by Hurricane Katrina, who were never able to go home and are STILL displaced that. See how they feel.
Twitter reacted to the video with serious criticism along with reminders that America has dealt with this before under a Republican president, and it didn’t work out too well, now did it?
Others also reminded the president, who pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, global warming has a direct effect on weather patterns.
Of course, Trump supporters showed up too, thanking the president for his service to the country and digitally kissed his feet throughout the comments.
You can check out the responses below.
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