President Trump traveled to North Carolina to do the usual meet and greets and the opportunistic photos of distributing food and supplies to those affected by the recent hurricane that’s devastated the area. In true Trump fashion, he managed to say something that caused a reporter to speak off camera in dismay.
As Trump stood to hand out meals to those driving by, he spoke with each one and shook hands, which is great. However, as one person was about to drive off, he actually said, “Have a good time.”
When he said it, you can hear the reporter say in the background, “I think he just said, ‘Have a good time.'”
You know that moment where your jaw drops because you thought Trump had already reached the lowest point of callousness but then says, “Hold my beer,” and proves you wrong? Yeah.
What in the world makes anyone think that’s an appropriate thing to say? Unless the people are having a party, it is highly doubtful that they are having a good time. The hurricane is over; however, rivers are cresting at record heights, and the flooding in the area is extensive.
Have a good time? Let’s see … Have a good time figuring out how you’re going to rebuild your home and clean up the water damage, which is monumental. Have a good time going through the ruined photographs and memories you lost. Have a good time trying to figure out where you’re going to go to have a roof over your head and food to eat. Have a good time finding clothes since the clothes in your closet were most likely ruined. Have a good time explaining to your kids they’ve lost their toys and figuring out how to replace them in the short term while waiting for insurance companies to come through. Also, have a good time dealing with the insurance company. If you didn’t have insurance on your home or renter’s insurance, have a good time dealing with nothing to fall back on.
That wasn’t all that Trump said, however. Yes, it got worse.
While surveying the damage of homes, Trump walked up to a man whose home had been damaged by the hurricane. Along with that, a yacht was in the backyard. However, the man said it wasn’t his boat, and it had washed ashore into his yard.
In response to this, Trump remarked, “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.”
He also said, “I think it’s incredible what we’re seeing. This boat just came here.” He also said, “They don’t know whose boat that is. What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.”
Look, this isn’t Forrest Gump. This isn’t the only shrimping boat to have survived a hurricane. This boat washed ashore into a man’s backyard and damaged his wooden deck. Furthermore, Forrest Gump wasn’t even THAT stupid to say such a thing.
Why in the world hasn’t someone given Trump a list of things not to say to victims of anything?
To be fair, perhaps the person was saying they were having some sort of party or get together with neighbors to simply come together. Maybe the person will even come forward to explain that’s what they were talking about. If that’s not the case, however, the last thing you say to someone who most likely lost EVERYTHING is, “Have a good time.”
At this point, it’s now preferable that he throw paper towels to people in a crowd while keeping his mouth shut. At least then it won’t reveal just how insensitive he can be.
Here’s some advice Trump. Don’t talk. Have your Chief of Staff John Kelly give you a list of appropriate remarks that you can say to victims of any tragedy because you need it, for sure. It’s great that you went down there, which is expected of any president in all honesty. However, just shut your pie hole.
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