Hundreds of tweeters have accused Trump of using the life-threatening weather event, which has seen tens of thousands of people fleeing the Gulf Coast, as a “political cover” to deflect attention away from his actions.
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
Sebastian Gorka, one of the Trump’s most controversial advisers, also quit the White House.
Each of those political developments would usually make headlines by themselves, and so tweeters were keen to ensure that they weren’t forgotten about because of the devastating Category 4 storm.
Here’s a sampling of the reactions so far:
Make no mistake Trump is using category 4 hurricane Harvey as a political cover to pardon the incredibly racist Joe Arpaio #hurricaneharvey
— matt (@mrm_matt) August 26, 2017
You’d think a Cat 4 hurricane would be the ideal Friday night cover for a dubious pardon — but it actually only amplifies it. Just watch.
— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) August 26, 2017
A fucking hurricane is devastating half of Texas and trump is pardoning Joe Arpaio and banning trans people from the military. god damn him
— 🏳️🌈Supership79 (@supership79) August 26, 2017
So Trump, in a rare, RARE moment of political slyness, pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio while everyone is distracted with Hurricane Harvey.
— Eric Shaffer (@LordShaffy) August 26, 2017
Two distractions: NKorea fires misiles, Hurricane Harvey hits texas. Trump pardons Joe Arpaio. Coincidence?
— Julia Vargas M (@JuliasNotes) August 26,…
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