Donald Trump arrived in Texas, gave a briefing at a fire station, and told Texans, “This is a really special place and a special state.”
So far, so relatively normal. Straight afterwards, however, several hundred Trump supporters arrived and the US president proceeded to give them a speech that seemed curiously indifferent to the plight of the tens of thousands of people made homeless by Hurricane Harvey, which has caused record-breaking rain and catastrophic flooding.
“What a crowd, what a turnout.”
Reporters heard no mention of the dead, dying or displaced Texans and no expression of sympathy for them. The message was services are coming and Texans will be OK.
“Texas can handle anything,” POTUS said.
I can’t imagine what possessed Trump to even stage this rally. Oh, wait, it’s his huge ego and desperate need for attention at all times. That he didn’t mention anyone isn’t a surprise.
Anyway, I am hoping that not too many people are hurt in the coming days and that everyone can make it to safety. It’s sad that people have lost their lives already.
I wonder if Trump mentioned that he signed an executive order that basically got rid of a lot of flood management procedures and protocols – such as not building on land that may be susceptible to flooding and natural disasters – the day before Hurricane Harvey began.
What a disgrace.